Five Media Personalities Influencing the Filipino Youth Today

Youth Culture keeps changing. Those of us who grew up in the 1990s fondly remember the music of Eraserheads, Alamid, Introvoys, Rivermaya, and yes, Parokya ni Edgar. It was the explosion of Filipino alternative bands! But the music of the 90s usually contained socially relevant lyrics. Magasin by Eraserheads criticized the prevailing smut and porn in tabloids. Huling El Bimbo, also by Eraserheads, talked about the loss of innocence and being caught in the “madili na eskinita” of various social issues. Parokya ni Edgar’s Buloy tackled the important issue of suicide. Agaw Agimat in Wanli Teltu criticized the lack of family planning and the population explosion in the country.

In the past two decades, the Internet rose in popularity, and the popularity of radio dwindled. CDs became obsolete and MP3 players became the norm. And so, I could say that alternative music, both in form and content, ceased to impact the vast majority of Filipino young people. Continue reading

Poor but rich

Ni Joy Eva Bohol

Text: Mark 13:1-2

 to clean water. The community prohibited them to have electricity. The wife’s left leg is weak, making it hard for her to walk, much more to carry a pail-full of water for a long distance. The husband met an accident from his work, disabling him to earn money. The couple couldn’t afford to pay for hospitalization, instead they use Salonpas (a muscle reliever tape/bandage) to ease the pain from the wounds and cuts the husband got from the accident, which the company didn’t take responsibility of.

Yet amid their desperate situation, true hope is found in their lives. Joy overpowers the couple’s wrinkled tired faces during our visit at their humble home, and even offered us with bottled water, which is already a luxury for them. Having met the couple showed me the Living Temple in which Jesus is the foundation; a Living Temple that would not fall down or be destructed by the world.

God is a fair God. Sometimes I think how unfair the world is because of how it defines everything in it. But seeing the couple’s faith reminded me of a life after this earth. One hundred years on earth is nothing compared to eternity—and that’s the life we look forward to when we join Jesus Christ in heaven!

Like the couple Hannah has never faltered her trust in the Lord and kept praying for a son. Though not poor in wealth, Hannah’s inability to bear a child has made her a weak woman and a target of humiliation. The couple I met is an outcast in their own village and people seem to humiliate them in any way they can. The community would not help them because of their belief (non-Christian religion) that being poor is karma that may pass to people near them.  Continue reading

Walang wala

Ni Joy Eva Bohol

Hook na hook ang roommate ko sa TV series na Game of Thrones. Ang iba ko ding kaibigan ay ganun din. Dahil hit siya sa mga kakilala ko, sinubukan kong tignan ang series. Videography, characters, settings, conflict, and costumes ay malapelikula. Grabe ang pagkakagawa ng production! Ngunit, ang hindi ko masyadong na appreciate sa series ay ang brutality and boldness. I may not enjoy the killings and the low social status of women in the TV drama, but it taught me one thing—sacrifice.

In our Bible reading today, Ruth, a young widow sacrificed herself for her mother-in-law Naomi so they could be reinstated in the society as regular women, blessed with a family to take care of. Like Ruth, a character in Game of Thrones whose brother forced her to marry a barbarian leader to seek power and become king. She has no money and people to give to her brother to make him change his mind. She has nothing but her life.

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HIV / AIDS a Growing Problem in the Philippines

HIV & AIDS seems to be a distant problem, which happens in other countries. But surprisingly, HIV and AIDS is a growing problem in the Philippines!

A total of 316 new HIV cases had been recorded last September. That was only for a month! For January to September 2012, the total number of HIV cases is 2,466! This number are only the reported ones! Some cases might be undetected and unreported, too!

According to a news reported by Manila Bulletin online:

2,355 out of the 2,466 [HIV] cases were males and the 20 to 29 year old age group had the most number of cases for 2012.

“For the male age group, the most number of cases were found among the 20-24 years old (15 cases), 25-29 years old, (26 cases), and 30-34 years old (18 cases),” the Philippine HIV/AIDS registry said.

What’s more alarming is the age group of those who have contracted the virus. They are in the 20-29 year old age group!

Young Filipinos who are in their twenties are in the most danger! Why is this? What trends make this danger all the more palpable? Continue reading

Bawal ma-in love ang superhero

Ni: Joy Eva Bohol

“Do you have a boyfriend?” If you’re answer is NO, the follow up question is, “Why?” And the thread of questions and advises go on. I have been asked with these questions from the moment I turned 16 years old. And I am still dealing with it!

For several years of redirecting people from asking me those repetitive questions, I finally devised a not-so-perfect but smothering answer—“Bawal ma-in love ang superhero dahil kahinaan niya yun! (Love interest is the greatest weakness of a superhero!)” And the teasing stops (it works!).


Three days ago, I had a Smallville Season 10 marathon. Smallville highlights Superman’s life as Clark Kent. It narrates in details his life as a young boy, growing up in a normal community and raised by normal human parents. It describes his struggles in keeping his loved ones from danger and overcoming his weaknesses to be the superhero he was destined to be (before he was called Superman).

All people close to Clark Kent were put to danger. They became targets of the villains who are trying to defeat him. His friends, family, and love interest were subjects of finding Clark’s weakness. Clark tried to stay away from them, even if it means breaking their hearts for their own safety, yet these people whom he shared his life with, insisted to stay.

Martha Kent, Clark’s human mother, said in one of the episodes, “Clark, when we accepted you in our lives, we also committed to stay with you and protect you even if it means our lives.” Continue reading