Monthly Archives: January 2015

“Je Suis Charlie” – “I Am Charlie” : Which Way France After the Big Demo? France’s and the World’s Take Away From This Tragedy

Last Sunday Paris saw a truly extraordinary outpouring of solidarity shown by the French people, following the tragic events a few days earlier, when seventeen were so brutally killed by three terrorists. Watching it left me, perhaps like you, wondering how the French government and France as a nation can best respond in coming days to the major challenges they now face. Continue reading

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The First Fil Am President of the Philippines

Can a Filipino American who was born and raised in San Francisco, who served four years in the U.S. military, and who first traveled to the Philippines on a U.S. passport, ever be elected president of the Philippines? Continue reading

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Preventable Deaths

In 2005, a 128-page report from the World Health Organization in Geneva stated that “nearly 400 million people will die from heart diseases, diabetes and other chronic ailments over the next 10 years, but many of those deaths can be prevented by healthier lifestyles and inexpensive medications.” Continue reading

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Mula Bomba Hanggang Hip-Hop

Sa loob ng tatlong siglo, kambal na bayan ang Pilipinas at Mexico dahil pinamunuan ng Espanya ang una sa pamamagitan ng huli. Pagkatapos ng Mexico, masasabing ang sumunod na Hispanik na bansang hermana ng Pilipinas ang Puerto Rico. Continue reading

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“Your ancestors dragged these black people from their homes by force; and in the white man’s quest for wealth and an easy life they have been ruthlessly suppressed and exploited, degraded into slavery. The modern prejudice against Negroes is the result of the desire to maintain this unworthy condition.” -Albert Einstein- Continue reading


Affordable Care Act: Voices and Opinions

So what do you think of the Affordable Care Act?”, I asked one of the housekeeping staff while I was on break. “You mean, the Obamacare?”, she replied. “My husband has a good insurance through the labor union. We are all covered under him. I do not know much about it, but I think our neighbor next door has it. Continue reading

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Christmas Diary 2014 (part 2)

Friday, Dec. 12. Born in the 1950s to four branches of our family tree, my cousins and I are now in our early 60s. Some insist they’re just 50-something. Sure. No problem. Continue reading

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P-Noy’s dead-end presidency

With only one and a half years left in his presidency, President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III is still trying to convince his “bosses” — the people – that he’s on track with his promise of “Walang korap, walang mahirap” (No corruption, no poverty) on the “daang matuwid” (straight path). Continue reading

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Something to talk about

What do you do when a friend asks your opinion about something you know for sure runs contrary to his own? Do you take the safe route by lying and telling him something he expects to hear? Or, do you stay true to yourself and tell him what you honestly think and feel regardless of how he might take it? Or, not wanting to tell a lie and risk losing his friendship, do you simply respond with a “no comment” or “I don’t know”? Continue reading

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PHL welcomes Pope Francis

By the time this issue goes off the press, Pope Francis, the leader of the more than 1 billion Roman Catholics, shall have landed in the Philippines for his visit in the predominantly Catholic country and becomes the third Pontiff to land in Manila. Continue reading

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