On ASEAN Community Building

Current institutional set-up, norms, practices of ASEAN To prevent armed conflicts in the Southeast Asian region, the ASEAN was established. It was to create stability for economic gains. So, ASEAN members agreed not to discuss politics and security so as not to create friction among members. Moreover, the perennial issue on the non-interference principle callingContinue reading “On ASEAN Community Building”

ASEAN Economic Integration (Annotated Bibliography)

Kobayashi, K, Khairuddin Abdul Rashid, K. Masahiko Furuichi, M. and Anderson, W. P. (Ed.). (2018). Economic Integration and Regional Development: The ASEAN Economic Community. New York: Routledge This book examines the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and its opportunities and challenges. This book is divided into (1) regional development of ASEAN from a broad perspective; (2)Continue reading “ASEAN Economic Integration (Annotated Bibliography)”

5 Reasons Why Vincenzo is the KDrama We Need to Watch or Re-watch

Vincenzo will surely end in a nail-biting finish. It tells the story of Vincenzo Cassano (Song Joong-ki), also Park Joo-hyung, who was adopted by Don Fabio when he was just eight. He became an Italian lawyer, a mafia consigliere and Don Facio’s most trusted right-hand man. Just as Fabio died, his biological son and theContinue reading “5 Reasons Why Vincenzo is the KDrama We Need to Watch or Re-watch”

What role/s should great powers play in the resolution of the dispute in the (West Philippine Sea) the South China Sea?

Over the years, ASEAN has already helped in many ways in moderating the involvement of external powers in our regional affairs—through dialogues, conferences and summits with different major powers from which the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) was the most concrete indication of this approach. ARF has then, made it possible for the US, China andContinue reading “What role/s should great powers play in the resolution of the dispute in the (West Philippine Sea) the South China Sea?”


“You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him discover it in himself.” Galileo The quotation could be the moral of the beloved Korean folktale “Princess Pyeonggang and the Fool Ondal.” Traditionally, “The Tale of Ondal” was recorded in the Samguksagi– book that tells the history of the Three Kingdoms (Goguryeo, Baekje andContinue reading “RIVER WHERE THE MOON RISES: A KDrama Review”

Literary Criticism

Sharing with you notes on various literary theories you may want to consider on your next literary analysis/ criticism: FORMAL CRITICISM is an approach to literature that focuses on the formal elements of a work, such as its language, structure and tone. Formalist critics offer intense examinations of the relationship between form and meaning inContinue reading “Literary Criticism”

“IS ASEAN A COMMUNITY” by Barry Desker

A Critique by Ferry Angelyne M. Sisracon The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) holds a unique position among other regional integration organizations as it was established to accelerate economic growth, social progress, and cultural development regional integration. In August 0f 2017, ASEAN celebrated its 50th founding anniversary and have created an environment good forContinue reading ““IS ASEAN A COMMUNITY” by Barry Desker”

What is the “ASEAN Way?”

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), bound by its principle of the settlement of differences or disputes in a peaceful manner, is regarded as a successful regional organization in managing regional peace and stability. Over the years, “ASEAN way” maintained to solve disputes, put aside controversies and deal with threats from inside or outside theContinue reading “What is the “ASEAN Way?””

History of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is celebrated every February 14 around the world. Flowers, sweets and special gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of this celebration. Given their similarities, it could have originated in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, held in mid-February, where fertility rites and pairing of women with men through lottery wereContinue reading “History of Valentine’s Day”

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