Less than 24 hours after rains brought by Tropical Storm “Mario” submerged the metropolis, causing the evacuation of thousands of families and damage to many households, the floodwaters were mostly gone. The rains having moved to the north, the floods subsided, leaving behind muck and tons of garbage.
By Ambeth R. Ocampo
Grant K. Goodman (1924-2014) was a historian who specialized in Japan and Asia. After his retirement from the University of Kansas, he used to describe himself as an “extinguished” rather than the distinguished professor he truly was. I was drawn to him at conferences because of his engaging presentations and his interest in the Philippines.
By Michael L. Tan
I could have used the English word, and it would have sounded almost respectable. In contrast, the Filipino word, exclamation point added for drama, almost terrifies people, with its connotation of riots and violent confrontations.
By Neal H. Cruz
In case Rep. Mark Cojuangco and other national and local government officials don’t know it, the current General Appropriations Act prohibits the use of public funds to cut trees, demolish heritage houses and buildings, and construct homes in hazardous areas identified in government hazard maps.
By Rina Jimenez-David
Sometimes, it seems like we’re the “disaster capital” of the world. No sooner had Tropical Storm “Mario” exited the Philippine area of responsibility than newspaper headlines returned to the possible eruption of Mayon Volcano, which had been spewing ominous clouds of ash, steam and vapor days before.