By Neal H. Cruz
This joke was texted to me by a friend: A boy in a mall swallows a coin. His mother cries for help. A lady appears, pats the boy on the back, he coughs and spits out the coin.
By Michael L. Tan
It’s 3 in the morning and I can hear cocks crowing. I’m not writing in some idyllic rustic setting but in the middle of Metro Manila, close to a national road with trucks rushing by.
More and more research studies have conclusively shown that animals, including those raised for food, are intelligent, sentient beings that can feel pain and fear.
The discovery was strange and amusing, but there was no happy ending. On June 21, caddies at the Manila Golf and Country Club in posh Forbes Park, Makati, found a most unusual animal clinging to the branches of a tamarind tree near their barracks: a tarsier (Tarsius syrichta), endemic to the Philippines and usually found only in the provinces of Leyte, Samar and Bohol.
Though now with a face only a mother can love, Kabang is loved by everyone who knows of her extraordinary tale. On Dec. 14, 2011, the dog saved the lives of two young female cousins in Zamboanga City who were crossing a street unaware that a speeding motorcycle was heading their way. Kabang, the family pet, leapt into the motorcycle’s path and averted certain tragedy.