Joey Mead

I have been a Rogue magazine reader since day 1. Their June ’08 issue has a good article about the upcoming book on Mr Psinakis. Also worth reading is the article on Music Sounds of the Martial Law years. Very, very informative. I look forward for every issue of Rogue. Keep up the good work, Mr Ugarte.

Is this the new Flip magazine? I hope Jessica Zafra will be a regular contributor to this cool magazine.

The sad state of Philippine tertiary education

I went to the University of the Philippines for my undergraduate degree in Economics and Management. I went there when the tuition was not yet adjusted by leaps and bound. But I have experienced, first hand, how some of my classmates would budget their allowance tightly in order to meet both ends until the next allowance from their parents come.

Some even adjust their meal frequency from three times to twice daily. Yes, it came a time that that happen. The recent Letter to the Editor of Inquirer from a UP professor who told a story of a UP freshman in Diliman campus majoring in Chemistry, who has to dropped out after 5 days of schooling due to financial difficulty.

The good analysis from Raul Pangalangan, a former dean of UP College of Law, from Inquirer.

Of repression and decadence of democracy

I am currently reading Giles Foden opus The Last King Of Scotland. Below is a brief description of the book, culled from Wikipedia:

Published by Faber and Faber in 1998 to critical acclaim, the novel interweaves both historical fact and fiction. Its protagonist is a fictional character named Nicholas Garrigan, a young Scottish doctor who goes to work in Uganda out of a sense of idealism and adventure. He relates how he came to be the personal physician and confidant of Amin, the president of Uganda from his coup d’etat in 1971 until his deposition in 1979. The novel focuses on Garrigan’s relationship and fascination with the president, who soon grows into a brutal and ruthless dictator. Garrigan acts repeatedly against his better judgment, remaining in Amin’s employment until he is far past the point of easy escape physically or morally. He is gradually drawn into the corruption and paranoia of Amin’s rule, including the expulsion of the Asians, with disastrous results for those around him.

I choose to read the book in light of the parallelism with Zimbabwe’s case. Zimbabwe’s leader, Robert Mugabe, is in the news for the past weeks because of repression and decadence of democracy. He is also being charged with masterminding vote rigging the recent elections held last March 2008, to which no declared winner has been announced. The opposition headed by Tsavirangai, is crying for oppression from the established government, and has backed out of the contested race.

Africa is far from my continent, but the similarity of the problem is basically the same. The Philippines, which I am from, has its own story of repression. The Marcos dictatorship, and the continuous political killings (of journalists and other wise) are still headlines until now.

I have not yet done reading the book, but I will surely enjoy it for its raw and shot-in-the-heart literature. Even if it is fictional.

Damn, I wish I read this book before I saw the movie adaptation.