Alan Robles | South China Morning Post
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Alan Robles

A spoonful of trouble

Some people are angered by religious cartoons. Others get into a flap over headscarves. Now, Filipinos are showing what makes them lose their cool - spoons and forks.

Thursday, 11 May, 2006, 12:00am

A spoonful of trouble

Some people are angered by religious cartoons. Others get into a flap over headscarves. Now, Filipinos are showing what makes them lose their cool - spoons and forks. A few weeks ago, the principal of a school in Montreal reportedly called a seven-year-old Filipino-Canadian pupil a 'pig' and 'disgusting' because he ate lunch using a spoon - rather than a knife - and fork.

11 May 2006 - 12:00am

Spirit of the law

The Supreme Court sacked a high-ranking judge recently after he claimed he consulted dwarves, could read the future and had the power to make people ill. He also said he could exist in two places at the same time - which was undoubtedly useful if he had a heavy caseload, although it would surely have been hell on his clothing expenses.

13 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Mango heaven

The country's adrift, its politics are a catastrophe and events are slowly spinning out of control. Luckily, we still have mangoes. Pale gold, firmly luscious and juicy sweet, the mango is our national fruit of consolation.

6 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Too hot to handle

Live here long enough and you will develop a sense of when March arrives. Here's a hint: it's about the time your skin starts blistering from the heat. March marks summer's onset, which means from then until June, people will be obsessed with one thing - staying cool.

30 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Exit strategy

What do Filipinos want to be when they grow up? Some plan on being managers. Others think of becoming computer professionals. Still others aspire to work in the media. But no matter what their career choices, many want to be one thing: somewhere else.

23 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Shadow economy

To be an office worker in this country, you need two sets of qualifications. First, there are the required skills: literacy, language fluency, ability to use office equipment, attitude. Second, there are the survival skills, probably best summed up in the question: how well can you sell clothes to your fellow employees?

15 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Divine inspiration

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo thinks God is on her side - in fact, she talks to him regularly with the help of her dead father's spirit. But her political foe, Cory Aquino, can claim stronger connections. She talks to God's mother.

8 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Married to a village

If you are a male foreigner new to this country, there are two hazards you should be aware of: going native and marrying a village. Maybe I shouldn't call them hazards, because the afflicted people I have met or heard of seem generally content. At any rate, one thing is sure: these people are never the same as when they first arrived.

1 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

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