Common sense is everyday knowledge that is passed around and often accepted as fact. It is not necessarily wrong. The problem though, is that ‘common knowledge’ also includes prejudices, stereotypes, and assumptions about social life, and our common knowledge may not apply to people outside of our social groups – people who do not share our culture, subculture, norms, values, and beliefs.
What does it take to be the “face” of the UAAP cheer dance competition? Apparently, you need to be female and pretty.
A number of malls in Pampanga are now offering regular Zumba sessions for free. Do they contribute to the inclusion or exclusion of people from different walks of life?
It is so easy to think normatively and say that what Jeane did was wrong because her parents have illegally acquired large sums of money from tax payers. But many politicians are engaged in worse atrocities. In fact, Janet Napoles would not have gotten away with her actions had the congressmen not agreed to the scam. Many of our government folk also boast lavish lifestyles supported by tax-payer money. What makes us focus on Jeane?
How ironic that despite having these culturally significant edifices laying in waste, large malls that kill small industries are allowed to proliferate.
Photo by Ryan Indon Spotted in Osaka: Yami Yogurt. The picture actually reminds us of something else. What do you see? How we interpret this photo/sign shows that what can be visually appetizing or what can be visually unappealing depends on one’s culture.
As I encountered fellow Filipinos in Singapore, I asked myself: Do Filipino students and professionals regard themselves as more esteemed, and thus, strive to assimilate with Singaporeans? What then of being Filipino when the larger community itself is torn between class loyalties and identities?