Anti-Cybercrime Law: Yes or No?


The Supreme Court has issued a temporary restraining order stopping the implementation of RA 10175, otherwise known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. The TRO issued by the court will be in effect for 120 days. Much has been said about it- both the good and the bad effects of the act. But while [...]

Roundtable: Thank you, Teacher!


Remember that famous saying that experience is the best teacher of all? Well, we won’t argue, because yes it’s true. But ultimately in life, we meet people along the way who teach us a few lessons here and there as we go along. We meet them in school, on the road, at work. Sometimes they [...]



We know we’ve really been quiet lately, thanks to a busy kick-off for September for us muses. But thanks for never getting tired of checking out our page for new blog posts every now and then. Since the past week has really been heavy at work- we decided to do a light roundtable discussion instead. [...]

Roundtable: To RH Bill or Not to RH Bill?


House Bill 4244, the latest incarnation of the Reproductive Health Bill or RH Bill, has sparked heated debate from the day it was first introduced to the public ten years ago. As a largely Catholic nation, it doesn’t come as a surprise that a bill, which many view as too radical for the sensibilities of [...]

Roundtable: Should We Legalize Gay Marriage?

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The debate on same-sex marriage continues, and has now taken a corporate spin. A few weeks ago, Dan Cathy, president of fast food giant Chick-fil-A, made a controversial statement against this issue: “I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we would have the audacity to [...]

Roundtable: Remembering the King of Comedy


Today, every Filipino, wherever we may be, are going to say good-bye to a legend. He went by many names. Our generation knew him as John Puruntong, Kevin Cosme, Tatay Nic, even as Father Jejemon. Our parents and grandparents called him Gorio, Kalabog, Facifica Falayfay, and at one point, he became Captain Barbell himself. But [...]

Roundtable: Why We Write?


Muses and Things was borne out of our desire to connect, share, and document our adventures with each other and the people who are close to us. In hindsight, it seems as if it was fated. The eight of us met and became friends in school, but it’s our shared passion that brought us there [...]

Roundtable: What can we do to redeem Mindanao?


Today, it has been sixteen days since Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani together with two Filipino crew went missing in Jolo, Sulu. Atyani, who got famous for having interviewed Al Qaeda’s Osama Bin Laden then, was supposed to interview the Abu Sayyaf in his recent visit to Mindanao. But for some reason, he and his camera [...]

Roundtable: Are We OK with K-12?


The school year has officially rolled in, and along with the sight of excited school children on their first day of classes are news of overcrowded classrooms, insufficient learning materials, and soaring tuition fees. In particular, the 2012 school year was met with more controversies and problems than usual as it ushered in the official [...]

Roundtable: Lessons from Father


They helped us fly our first kite, protected us from the monsters beneath our bed, and held us in their strong and and loving arms with every rolling thunder that wakes us from our sleep. Daddy, Papa, Tatay. Whatever name we call them by, our fathers are the first man in our lives to love [...]

Roundtable: Maligayang Bati, Pilipinas!

Independence Day 2012. Photo by Eder Del Castillo

On this day, we celebrate another year of Philippine Independence at a time when some of us Filipinos seem to have misplaced our sense of nationalism. Perhaps it is because, as Mitchiku says, it has become “uncomfortable to look hard at the realities of present time,” that is why we would rather look elsewhere for sources [...]

Roundtable: Reflections on Friendship

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We’ve had many exciting firsts this week here at Muses & Things. Our first post, the first comment, the first time in a long time that all eight of us have come together to create something that we all love and can be proud of. It’s comforting and inspiring to know that after all these [...]