Young Voices Speak

What matters to the young Filipinos today?
What are their take on the issues that affect not only our country but the whole world as well?
We invite the students, the young urban professionals, the next generation to share with us their thoughts, feelings and opinions.

How do we grade our teachers?

QUEZON City. Philippines  (July 10) -Teachers. They are touted as our second parents. Teachers have a significant effect on one’s future. That’s the reason why teacher education is one of the most in-demand courses in the Philippines. Unfortunately, most schools that offers this kind of program are not performing well in the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET). A recent study by a non-governmental organization (NGO), Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) revealed that, for the last […]

Academic year in the Philippines: Should we change it or not?

QUEZON City, Philippines (June 30) – The Philippines has been using the June-April academic calendar for as long as history can recall. Rizal, for instance, first entered college in June 16, 1875. For the Filipino student, it has become a habit to enter school in the first week of June and to end it before the dry season starts. This age-old tradition may end soon, as some universities are beginning to change the usual calendar […]

Too much nationalism – is there such a thing?

QUEZON City, Philippines (June 28) – Nationalism can translate to positive feelings, ideas and efforts for your nation. Nationalism is needed to make a nation great so it is  generally a good thing. But like all good things, when taken a bit too far, nationalism can be bad.  There is such a thing as too much nationalism. On the one hand, we must protect our nation and our people. On the other, it should not be […]

Freedom of speech does not mean you can say anything you want

QUEZON City, Philippines (June 27) – Freedom of speech is the right of the people to express their opinions publicly without government interference, subject to the laws against libel, incitement to violence or rebellion, and others. But the question is: Do we really have freedom of speech or is it just an illusion? Freedom of speech is one of the most misunderstood concepts in the world. It is often misunderstood due to people’s many and varied […]

Should we lower the age of criminal liability?

QUEZON City, Philippines (June 16) – The subject of mixed opinions and sparking much debate, the issue of the government’s proposition to lower the age of criminal liability in the Philippines from 15 years old to 9 years old is one of the most important proposals by the Duterte administration. Basically, the question boils down to: “Should kids as young as 9 years old be held accountable for their actions?” Many parents would agree that their child […]

Mind over poverty

QUEZON City, Philippines (June 14) – Half of Filipinos, or 50 percent, consider themselves poor, according to the results of a new Social Weather Stations survey. If we do not have a sufficient amount needed to fulfill our dreams or even manage our daily needs, we consider ourselves poor. Why? A person can be poor not only because he or she has no money. A person can be poor not only because he or she is not able […]

Social media vs interpersonal communication

QUEZON City, Philippines (June 13) – Interpersonal communication is constantly evolving.  As schedules grow more hectic, many interpersonal interactions are now done with the use of social media.   Although face-to-face interactions will never really go away, social media has greatly affected how we communicate, share and connect. In the age of technology, one is no longer required to be in the same room or even in the same country with the person they are […]

Harassment, compliment and the thin line between

QUEZON City, Philippines – A recent study revealed that women across the world feel unsafe when taking public transport and walking around the city because sexual harassment in public has already became an everyday occurrence. While some cities here in the metro take a tougher stand against sexual harassment, sadly the number of incidents remain high. The SWS survey conducted last February 2016 showed that there are still men out there who have problems controlling their urges. […]

Free higher education, is it possible?

QUEZON City, Philippines – Should every Filipino have a right to higher education?  Should higher education be free? If ever free college education becomes possible, it should be given without regard for the student’s financial background.   Why? Because everyone deserves an opportunity to have a college education. An opportunity to become whatever they dream to be. College education is a necessity in today’s society because without a college degree, it would be very hard to get […]

New media and the increasing violence in our society

QUEZON City, Philippines – It is a sad fact that violence continues to increase in our society. And one of the major factors causing that increase is the development of new technology and with it, new ways of communication. New technology gave birth to new forms of mass media, which in turn radically change how we receive and perceive information. New media is the term used to refer to vehicles that allow us to receive information […]

Top 10 highest-paying jobs in the Philippines

QUEZON City, Philippines (April 3) – Graduation is upon us! Fresh graduates now have that unenviable task of looking for employment. Fortunately, finding a job in this day and age is not as difficult as in the past. One only needs to go to the myriad of online job sites to find one that will suit his or her preferences. Early this year,online job site released a list of the top 10 highest-paying fields […]

Spend time on what matters

QUEZON City, Philippines (March 27) – How do you spend your time every day? At the end of every challenging day, it is normal to feel tired and drained. Its a surprise that many wake up happy and ready to make a difference in the world we live in. At certain points in our life, we become obsessed with planning ahead, but how many of us stop to reflect the actions that we did in the […]