Entries by Patmei Bello Ruivivar

Travel Advisory: Live Creatively

Following the multiple attacks in France, Nigeria, Denmark, Turkey, and Mali, plus the bombing of a Russian airliner in Egypt, the US State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for American citizens, warning them of possible threats from terrorists in foreign countries. Unlike past warnings, this recent travel advisory did not specify any specific countries […]

Are You Smarter Than Alma Moreno?

So the trending topic in the Philippines these days is not APEC, but Alma Moreno. Or more specifically her interview with Karen Davila on ANC. It turned viral on the internet last Sunday and, as of this writing, it has more than 1.8 million views on YouTube. It even has its own hashtag, #AlDav. Aside […]

Politics is Just A Stepping Stone to My Showbiz Career

Hi, my name is Patmei and I am addicted to entertainment news.  And apparently I am not alone. Last weekend, over dinner with some of my closest friends from high school, I learned that we have more entertainment gossip websites bookmarked in our personal computers than any other, uh, so-called useful (by our parents’ standards, […]

The Power of a Good Story

There are 39 million Filipinos between the ages 18 and 35. There are 40 million Filipinos on Facebook. The hashtag #AlDubEBTamangPanahon got over 41 million tweets, setting a new Twitter world record. And we only need around 20 million votes to elect the next president of the Philippines. How do we harness all that energy […]

Playboy Without Naked Women

While we are preoccupied with who’s running and not running for president in 2016, Playboy, the glossy men’s magazine known for its nude centerfolds, has decided to stop publishing images of naked women on its pages. It looks like pictures of naked bodies of women are no longer as profitable as it used to be.  […]

Etiquette for Politicians

Have you ever wondered why there are so many etiquette guides for women — telling them how to behave, what to think, and where their place in society is — but there are hardly any such nonsense for men? Take for example the “Etiquette for Mistresses,” the best-selling book penned by Jullie Yap Daza and […]

Heneral Luna Reveals A Lot of Truth About Ourselves

If Heneral Luna does not win the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars in 2016, it will not matter. Because I already know it is the best. And I don’t need American validation for it to be true. Heneral Luna is a movie that is beautifully crafted — conceptually, technically, and politically. It has high production values […]

Hashtag Annoying

It is really more fun in the Philippines. Especially when it’s election season. And it gets even more fun when there’s a presidential election. Add the fact that the Philippines is considered as “the social media capital of the world,” expect all that fun to go viral quickly. This week, it was very amusing for […]

Organized Religions Tend to Market Fear Instead of Love

Like most Filipinos I have been baptized under the Roman Catholic religion, the default religion in this country. It’s the religion my parents and their parents belonged to. They did not have to think about it or choose among many other options out there. There was no doubt in their minds that their child will […]