By Peter Wallace
I visited Aklan last week on the invitation of Rep. Ted Haresco to witness the groundbreaking for a new concrete bridge. The new bridge is important not only because it will improve traffic from Kalibo to Caticlan and then on to Boracay but also because it signaled new life after the devastating effects of Supertyphoon “Yolanda/Haiyan.”
By Conrado de Quiros
Frankly, I don’t know why P-Noy didn’t go and join the other heads of state to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela.
By Randy David
When one looks at pictures of the devastation wrought by Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” it is easy to be overwhelmed by the enormity of the rehabilitation work that is required to make the affected cities and towns livable again.
By Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
One of my favorite autobiographies is “Long Walk to Freedom” by Nelson Mandela, published in the 1990s after he came out of 27 years in prison (where he was known as 46664) and rising to become the first black president of South Africa.
By Christine E.V. Gonzalez
In1982, one of our community services in California was visiting orphanages. In one orphanage, we met a boy named Bryan, from the Navajo-Hopi tribes, who was particularly attached to us. He would cry whenever we left the facility. After a number of visits, we learned that the US Social Services had picked him up from a tiny apartment, where his mother lay dead. She was only 28.
By Raymundo V. Lucero Jr.
Whenever people learn that I play classical music on the piano, they automatically refer to a set of names.
It was disconcerting to hear Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman’s announcement that relief operations in Supertyphoon “Yolanda”-devastated areas will end in December. This was made amid reports about the inexplicably inadequate amount of government relief assistance reaching typhoon victims.
With the relief operations for Supertyphoon “Yolanda” victims finally in full steam, it is an opportune time to bring the effects of global warming to everyone’s attention, especially to that of the international community.
I read the news report on the “Gawad Kalinga exec cited for quick ‘Yolanda’ response” (Inquirer, 12/4/13) Indeed, volunteerism should be encouraged among the citizenry for it to become part of our culture.
The exchange of barbs between Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile and Sen. Miriam Santiago on the Senate floor is pathetic. Kulang na lang magsabunutan! Both of them deserve to be pilloried for such unparliamentary conduct.
Signs of renewed life are everywhere in Tacloban a month after the unprecedented disaster brought on by Supertyphoon “Yolanda.” Stores have reopened, banks are transacting again, the local government has re-mobilized, roads are being cleared of debris, and residents are rebuilding their homes with whatever materials they can salvage from the heap.
By Conrado de Quiros
I had thought of writing about it earlier, but it got waylaid by far more important things. “It” is the minor version of Pacquiao vs. Rios, which is the match between Juan Ponce Enrile and Miriam Defensor-Santiago. What waylaid it was the passing of Nelson Mandela, which put everything on hold, as it should. It’s not just that some things are more important than others, it’s that this was a case of choosing between the sublime and the paralytic. I chose the sublime.