Erlie Lopez

A Filipino residing in the Philippines. Public Relations strategic consultant and writer. Founder and former head of a PR agency with Asia-Pacific ties. Occassional contributing writer in local publications. Environment advocate.

A Legacy of Straight-Path Governance

Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III, 15th president of the Philippines (2010-2016), may be said to have entered Philippine politics through doors opened accidentally by iconic parents – the assassinated democratic champion during the martial law regime of Ferdinand Marcos and…

Community Pantry: Givers and takers one against the virus (Part 2)

FEATURE         All it took was one cart on a sidewalk filled with vegetables, fruits, rice, eggs, canned food, and other stuff to prevent or fight the onslaught of covid-19. And the scribbled message in Pilipino on…

Community Pantry: One makeshift set-up that has captured the Filipinos’ hearts

FEATURE         Thirteen months after the Covid-19 outbreak in the Philippines and as cases surged, a new kind of morning greeted a middle-class neighborhood in Teachers Village, Quezon City that April 14 which pleasantly surprised a mix…

Media Shutdown During a Pandemic

It was as if the pandemic Covid-19 was not yet inflicting enough deadly harm and threat to a population of over 110 million and a nightmarish uncertainty on an economy still lagging behind in the Asian region. . . It…

Taunting Democracy at start of Philippine Election Season

The election season has just begun in the Philippines with the four-day filing of the Certificate of Candidacy at the Commission on Election (Comelec) by aspirants for senators, congress representatives, and some local seats. All the way to D Day…

“God” sparks Division between a President and Citizens

In a summit on national communication and information technology in Davao, southern Philippines on June 22, President Rodrigo Duterte digressed to the unlikeliest of topics: Creation. And rambled in a booming voice: “Who is this stupid God? He is really…