Patricia Abrihan

Patricia has always been inspired by the witty yet innocent voice of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird that she believes that writing is able to revolutionize ideas of society. She is a former college instructor from the Philippines and is currently a freelance writer and blogger managing her portfolio. She is open to collaboration and also loves reading and watching movies.
Student Protesters Protest Philippines

Student Protesters: You are Only Hurting Yourselves

Students getting involved in politics isn’t news in the Philippines. Student protesters, who call themselves activists, allegedly fighting for the rights of their fellow men and standing for those who do not have a voice – at least that is what they say they do. Add to that their self-given right to roast politicians they invited to symposiums not intended as such. They celebrate their ability to make others believe that they are smart enough to criticise someone older or with more experience to the point of public embarrassment. And then they call themselves “educated.” Are they, really?
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Quitting Social Media: My Facebook Anxiety

I can say I am a social media user. I use it every day and I can say that I had been victimized by the pressure that my online friends’ lives put on me. Like many other people, I thought I needed to show the world that I was somebody, too. That I had to prove that I was happy. You know, just to make my life appear more interesting to others. We can consider “others” as people who give likes and shares not because they totally trust in you, but because they found you amusing – that does not necessarily mean your life really is. Social media can amount to an anxiety, it did for me.
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The Corruption of Professional Education in the Philippines

How much are you willing to spend to earn your professional title? The normal answer would be: it depends. We know, as professionals, we do not have much choice, do we? But especially in the Philippines, the corruption of professional education is worrying.
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Dengvaxia: The Philippines Dengue Fever Failure

In June 2017, Dengue Fever cases in the Philippines were at 36, 000. Though this is lower than the almost 57,000 cases at the same time in 2016, it is still an alarming figure. A new immunization vaccine, Dengvaxia, promised relief but turned out to may even be more damaging.
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Medications and Healthcare in the Philippines: A Price that Kills

Getting sick in the Philippines is a nightmare. Not only because you do not feel well but because you have to pay for it. It would have been bearable if the cost of medications and treatment is affordable and if you are doing it short-term, but what if you are reliant on maintenance drugs which cost at least half of your monthly income? What would happen to you?
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The Silent Population: Abuse of the Intellectually Disabled

How many of you are aware of the different types of abuse that occur every day? We all have probably witnessed or have been confided in by victims of different types of assault at least once. However, if you go into a room with 100 people and ask how many of them are aware of abuse to persons with intellectual disabilities, the number would be less than ten. And what does this tell us?
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Depression Emotional Distress Philippines

Depression and Emotional Distress in the Philippines

Depression has long been an issue anywhere in the world and many have recognized how destabilizing it can be. Hence, there have been clinics that cater to the needs of people who think they might be undergoing emotional distress. Studies show that it could be due to several factors and may not just be third-party triggered. As such, people who think they experience this are lucky if they have access to a facility that can help them recover. But not all countries see this as important. In as much as we want each other to be better, in some countries like the Philippines, it is still seen as a laughing matter.
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Illegitimate Children: Child Support for Single Parents in the Philippines

“I am a solo parent. How do I help my kids?” – We could all, at one point, facing this question. What are the rights concerning illegitimate children and child support in the Philippines and what options do single parents have?
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Hacked Credit Card: Who is to Blame for Unauthorized Transactions?

You checked your online banking statement and the horror struck you right there. You have unauthorized transactions debited from your account or credit card without you knowing it! You immediately stormed out of the house, went straight to your bank and then questioned them regarding the unauthorized transactions. You went all the way delivering a monologue on how you were hacked and how incompetent your bank is. Whoah. Just. Stop. Right. There.
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