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August cerebrations

August 28 is the feastday of Saint Augustine, patron saint of the town of my birth, Cuyo, and I take this opportunity to wish my fellow-Cuyonons a blessed Purungitan Festival—the official (secularized) name of the celebration. 

HOMES

For a total of 15 days, I was away from home. I did travel, quite extensively, during those days. People have accommodated me into...

SO BE IT

When the clock ticks to noontime on Sunday, June 30, it will signal a fresh term of government service and political will for our...

Been There, Done That: Korean influence in Filipino culture

Filipino culture, in many ways, is already a mishmash of other cultures and brought to a boil in the sweltering Southeast Asian sun. That’s...

LEARN, LEARN, LEARN

I saw the Facebook post of my sister, who is based in New York (USA), wishing my niece a great year as she went...

Independence and solidarity

Am writing this piece while on leave from office, shortly after watching Quezon’s Game (starring Raymond Bagatsing and Rachel Alejandro as President Manuel Quezon and...

Sports knows no gender

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics may have ended today, but the bright future for many of our athletes has just begun. With the Philippines being the...

What is Axie Infinity?

Over the past few months, social media platforms have been populated with content showing Pokemon-like creatures with captions: “Looking for isko/manager, “Earn money while...

INACCURATE

Someone shared this story about a husband asking the doctor to do everything he could to save his wife who was fighting for life...

MARITES

I vehemently react to “Marites”. This is supposed to be a beautiful name for a woman. Currently though, it has become a way to derogate...

Of Independence, I Carried Blood

To wrestle down the strong urge to smoke (a cigarette), I decided to write. I quit smoking fourteen (14) days ago. I had been cuddling...

Medical Care in Puerto Princesa

My musings on medical care started with a friend whose husband is in a health crisis. His care is expensive and at this point...