Filipino Officers of the British Empire

Honorary Award from Her Majesty the Queen (Part I) Special awards are usually granted to those who have achieved special contribution. These achievements are shown and felt in many ways – acts of charity or philanthropy, exceptional exercise of public service, corporate loyalty and longevity, academic and scholarly excellence, and many more.When I received my …

Filipino Author Featured in The Guardian

Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco British traveller, jazz singer, and a friend of mine Mr. Jack Burns sent me a link of an interesting review of a novel entitled Ilustrado written by internationally acclaimed Filipino author Miguel Syjuco. The particular Guardian article was written by British novelist and literary critic Adam Mars-Jones. His review made me …

McDonald’s Philippines goes British with its new commercials

British culture has just invaded one of our popular fast food’s menu. Well, not exactly. It’s a sort of an ‘intrusion’ more likely. McDonald’s Philippines has just recently introduced a popular British dish in their commercial, the ‘Fish and Chips.’ Again, not exactly. The foodchain renamed it to ‘Fish and Fries.’ ‘Fish and Chips’ is …

Filipina housewife gets standing ovation at the X Factor UK

Full-time Filipina housewife and mum, Neneth Lyon, surprised both judges and crowd at the auditions for The X Factor UK week 3. As she appears before the crowd Nick Grimshaw, one of the judges, asked her, “How are you?” She just honestly responded, “Nervous.” Nick responded back, “I can tell.” And with that some people’s …

Cambridge Manila: The Press’s Second Largest Office

The Successful Journey of Cambridge University Press Manila Office: From 10 to 360+ On the night of 27 June 2003, ten gentlemen gathered at a sporty restaurant somewhere within the Greenbelt mall. After a hearty meal the then Chief Technology Officer of Cambridge University Press stated his purpose why he gathered them that night. The …