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November 7, 2013



Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Gracious day to all ye global citizens!


Megan Young, who hails from the city of Olongapo, recently won the Ms World pageant. It is precedent setting for the Philippines that won the pageant for the first time. The victory looks like the last step in  the great pyramid of Cheops, as all the previous steps mark the victories of Filipino young women in the other pageants.


Filipinos are definitely in ecstatic awe for the victories of their compatriot beauties. A gladdening news such as the win by Megan Young is enough to trample the fiery news about sickening events such as plunder of tax money by politicians & dirty business operators, and the rampaging Misuari bandit forces in Zamboanga that almost torched a city.


The list of majestic beauties is getting longer by the year, as year in and year out Filipino women win pageants across the globe. Venus Raj and Shamcey Supsup, aside form names that my short term memory could hardly recall (gigabyte limits!), were among the top marvelous divas that walked the planet prior to Megan Young.


What makes the Filipino beauties stand out is that they’re not only physically beautiful or walk with superb elegance, they also are intelligent. Go back to the television presentations of Megan Young’s performance during the Q&A, and you can affirm for yourself the smartness of the beauty. Shamcey Supsup was an honors graduate of the topgun University of the Philippines, and was among the board topnochers in architecture.


Such marvelous divas are exquisite ambassadors of goodwill for which they are naturally fit for. Their body beauties also make them perfect models for wellness, which should push women across the country and planet for more efforts to stay fit and go the wellness path to perfect health.


The Filipino beauties of late have shown much more sophistication than the beauties of the previous decades, if I’m not mistaken. Many of the latter beauties fell prey to the deceitful tongues of lotharios, besides many lack the culture savvy of the present generation of younger beauties.


Filipino women are among the prettiest in Asia. As per my own assessment, the women of the Philippines and Thailand are Asia’s most beautiful. While there may be subjectivity to my judgement, I’d say look at the beauty contests and see the performances of the Filipino and Thai women.


For all the majestic pageant beauties of the Philippines, mabuhay!


[Manila, 04 November 2013]


March 7, 2011


Erle Frayne D. Argonza

Happy Women’s Day to all the women of the planet!

Rulership over the past historic epochs in our planet has been markedly a one-sided thing: an overstress on the Masculine principle as underlying precept. In all the major sectors of society thereof, governance, inclusive of management principles, were largely dominated by the masculine principle. Let me share some notes about the matter.

This analyst has been an avid supporter of feminist movements for some decades now, and so I write about women & gender today as a re-dedication to that flame of support for women advocacies. Albeit, my paradigm on gender is largely founded on Eastern principles, more so from those writ by spiritual masters, and so I re-echo the ‘bringing the feminine back in’ from such a paradigm.

I find the western paradigms of gender as intoxicatingly dualistic and/or polarized, which is in stark contrast to those from the East. The Western Mind views gender as one of constant clash between the sexes, where one gender eventually ends up as dominant and victorious. The Eastern Mind, founded largely on universal spirituality and high-level synthesis, regards the Masculine and Feminine as two aspects of an indivisible reality, being emanations from the Universal Mind or Prime Cause (God Almighty).

After studying the social sciences for so long a time now (I’m among the sociologists and political economists in the Philippines), I’d verily say that I have become nauseated with western precepts of all sorts. Western thought had reached a dead end, and western theories of gender are circuitous discourses of intellectualism bereft of recondite elements of spirituality. I have honestly grown tired of Western shallowness in the philosophical plane, and I challenge those steeped in Western thought to catch up and solve theoretical gaps.

For cogitation, the Feminine Principle has been locked up for so long in the dungeons of the collective psyche. As a result, governance precepts—in all societal sectors—have been one-sided and bent on the authoritarian or Theory X. Coteries of intellectuals, largely gay homosexuals, have built ramparts of discourses across the eons to defend the very one-sided governance, never mind if such governance would be tyrannical, corrupt, war-mongering, and anti-human.

‘Bringing the Feminine back in’ is the most daunting and urgent agenda of the day. A balanced representation of both the Feminine and Masculine in governance would likewise generate balanced governance. Imbalanced governance redounds to tyranny and decay in the long run, while balanced governance would bring forth a flowering of the Creative Principle in the organizational setting.

Take a 2nd look today at the largely Masculine-dominated states of Arab sheikdoms, emirates, and kingdoms. See for yourself the result of epochs of imbalanced Masculine-dominated governance. Such imbalanced governance is being rejected en toto by the Arab youths, and the detractors are in a hurry to search for a way out of the governance dilemmas they face.

‘Bringing the Feminine back in’ the Arab societies will quickly produce the balance so sorely lacking for as far as historical records can cull. The return of the Feminine there will most likely result to a Theory Y cum Theory Z type of democracy: participative, de-centered, respectful of civil society, and necessarily liberating the women gender’s potentials in both public and private spheres.

Democracy, Justice, Liberty are all signified by Female figures, call them goddesses or deities if you wish. They represent the highest virtues, and the values emanating from them will be guidepost precepts of the future. We all better accept that the time has come for recognition of the full import of the goddess principles now rising to the fore, or else face the violent upheavals resulting from a cathartic overthrow of Jurassic governance dispensations.

Those gay homosexual technocrats-politicians-financiers of Luciferan New World Order who are hiding in the shadows, desirous of installing tyrannical regimes in the USA & Europe and obsessing for a World War III, who likewise dominate foreign policy initiatives in the West, better shut up and take stock of the emerging world order. The Jurassic anti-Feminine advocates are being swept off rulership posts and institutions, and will be mere archival materials in the short run.

A blessed, Happy Women’s Day again to all ladies and to Planet Earth!

[Philippines, 07 March 2011]


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January 10, 2011

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

Women are making themselves felt more and more in the field of state governance these days. It surely pays to reflect on the increasing ascent of women in this field of endeavor.

In my own country PH, women have since expanded their presence in the top management of state and business bureaucracies. Latest count by the commission on women puts the number at 40% of total exec seats held by women, which renders PH among the exemplars of women empowerment in Asia and the world.

Our immediate past president, Gloria Arroyo, showed her own executive acumen as the Philippines graduated to middle income status from that of a poor 3rd world country during her incumbency. In 1986, our first lady president Corazon Aquino became the iconic symbol of democracy domestically and worldwide. Both lady leaders joined the select coterie of globally influential lady execs for their exemplary feats.

The most recent additions to the lady chief execs are Australia’s Premier Julia Gillard and Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff. I’ve already expressed my kudos to the noblesse ladies, and I wish that they will propel their respective countries towards greater growth and magnanimity in the global community.

The latest gender report shows the following list of lady chief execs (see AFP, 2011):

Australia: Prime Minister Julia Gillard

Argentine: President Cristina Kirchner

Bangladesh: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed

Brazil: President Dilma Rousseff

Costa Rica: President Laura Chinchilla

Croatia: Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor

Finland: President Tarja Halonen

Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel

Iceland: Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir

India: President Pratibha Patil

Ireland: President Mary McAleese

Kyrgyztan: Interim President Roza Otunbayeva

Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Lithuania: President Dalia Grybauskaite

Slovakia: Prime Minister Iveta Radicova

Switzerland: Confederal President Doris Leuthard

Trinidad & Tobago: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar

Goodwill and best wishes to all the women chief execs! Mabuhay!


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September 28, 2008

Prof. Erle Frayne Argonza, sociologist & economist, was interviewed anew by the team of the Kapuso program of GMA7. The Kapuso is hosted by Jessica Soho, and operates the 9:30-10 pm block time every Saturdays.

The topic for the September 27 episode, where Prof. Argonza appeared, was about gender and beauty expectations. The title “Kontra-Losyang: Why Is This So?” aptly describes the interview segment for the resource speaker.

Prof. Erle Argonza explained first of all that there is this age-old expectation, in gender relations, that the woman must indeed maintain a beauty demeanor, use beauty kits as part of wellness sustenance, and must delay aging or look young before her husband.

The behavior has both cultural (anthropological) and relational (sociological) factors involved in it. It has become part of human adaptation (anthropological), while it reinforces the power relations between man and woman.

While the old notions of beauty and ‘kontra-losyang’ are still around, Erle Argonza clarified that there is an emerging trend today for men to exude a similar behavior. Young and middle aged men of today are more conscious of their grooming, skin care, hair care and physical wellness than before, and the behavior has to be sustained so as to delay aging and reinforce the marital bond.

As concepts of gender parity become popularized, alongside the increasing paradigm of wellness (health-related), both man and woman must consciously practice skin care, hair care, oral care, physical care, and dress well before their respective partner. Doing otherwise could have a downgrading effect on the self-esteem of any spouse, which could strain marital relations later.

Incidentally, the socialization processes and opportunities for both genders to follow the mutual expectation are well built as early as adolescence when a man or woman begins to practice looking for choices of mate. The older ages, seniors included, are also adapting to the behavior modification patterns, as the new trend picks up pace.

[A & A Consultancy, 28 September, 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]


August 20, 2008

Erle Frayne Argonza


Climate change is reshaping human engagements the world over. In Africa, observations have already been made before regarding vulnerabilities to climate change and related attendant ecological concerns.


Below is a report regarding energy interventions that could re-adjust the livelihood/economic engagements of peoples of Africa.


[09 August 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila. Thanks to database news.]




A preliminary assessment of energy and ecosystem resilience in ten African countries

Authors: Connor,H.; Mqadi,L.; Mukheibir,P.
Produced by: HELIO International (2007)

Africa is vulnerable to climate change on two fronts: firstly, because of existing vulnerabilities and secondly, due to capacity limitations for disaster mitigation and inability to adapt to climate change. There is an urgent need to ensure that activities centring on adaptation to climate change and sustainable energy development are increased and maintained so as to generate sustainable livelihoods.

This paper is a preliminary attempt to identify points of vulnerability as they relate to climate change-related events and sketch out what changes are needed – both politically and programmatically – to increase resilience. It explores the current state of vulnerability and details potential for adaptation. Results are presented summarising the key vulnerabilities for eight sub-Saharan countries: Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.

It is argued that energy development for Africa in a changing climate will require greater emphasis on small-scale, decentralised and diversified supply and increased distribution to households and enterprises alike. A diversified and distributed energy mix is identified as the best insurance policy against climate change. However, it is argued that adaptation of energy policies and systems is only part of the solution; building up the resiliency of local populations and energy systems is equally important.

Key priorities identified for policy are:

    • harness the value of indigenous knowledge to plan and achieve resilience
    • mobilise adequate and stable financial resources
    • mainstream adaptation and resilience in the development process
    • develop policies to institutionalise and mobilise “social capital”

The authors conclude that, despite the obstacles facing Africa, hope is not lost. They identify a number of positive characteristics upon which successful programmes can and should be built, including:

    • culturally, Africa has strong social networks, which serve an important function in educating communities, disseminating information and serving as substitutes for collateral in micro-loans
    • as primary collectors and users of biomass and water, women are well-placed to monitor and manage resources, spur innovation on adaptive techniques and experiment with new management approaches
    • Africa’s decades-long experience coping with poverty that may be its strongest resource. By its collective survival, the region has shown itself to be adaptive and resilient despite enormous obstacles.

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