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Simple joys

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For almost a decade after the hanging of the Filipino domestic helper Flor Contemplacion in Singapore, I stopped going there. I couldn’t forget the insensitivity and arrogance that marked the handling of her final moments. But time heals all wounds. And—irony of all ironies—my youngest daughter decided to study, work, and raise a family there.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Saving young lives

There is nothing quite as distressing as a child afflicted with a grave disease, like cancer. Certain types of cancer are so ruthless, so expensive to treat, that not every child is gifted with a “happy ending.” In the Philippines, where poverty is a continuing reality, the cost of fighting cancer is so high that children diagnosed with the disease are handed a virtual death sentence.

Posted: February 8th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Who doesn’t want children?

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If a Filipino Catholic bishop is to be believed, it is the “will of God” for the number of Filipinos to grow because it’s all part of the Divine Plan.

Posted: January 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Who decides for ‘Yolanda’s’ orphans?

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This is the time of year when, while the post-Christmas glow has yet to fade, and the manic welcoming of the coming New Year slowly builds up, we are given a respite from celebrating. In the Filipino style, this includes moments of rest from overindulging in food, shopping, merrymaking, list-completing, spending and menu planning.

Posted: December 26th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Christmas is for children

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When I think beyond carolers and inaanak collecting their gifts with the greeting “Maligayang Pasko,” I often wonder: How would we celebrate Christmas if Spain did not come to our shores in the 16th century? How different would Christmas be if Spain ceded the Philippines to Portugal in accordance with the 1493 papal bull Inter caetera that cut the world in half like an orange, and provided Spain and Portugal with rights over areas of the world unknown to them that each would “discover”? (The Philippines lay on the Portuguese side of the world.)

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The gift of perspective

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It’s enough to make you cry. When they paid a visit to Tacloban, about two weeks after the onslaught of Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” “macho men” Manny Pacquiao and Chavit Singson broke down in tears, related Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez.

Posted: December 23rd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Education top priority

Our prayers for our children are simple as we catch our breath at the end of a crowded day. May they be safe, healthy, and loved. And may they know right from wrong.

Posted: November 27th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Carton crib

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Ang Pasko ay sumapit, mall megaphones blare. Wait. Isn’t that the pirated version of the winning carol at the 1933 Christmas contest in Cebu? Christmas is still 43 days away. Most homes haven’t dusted off star lanterns or Nativity belen.

Posted: November 2nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Callous to kids’ plight

This refers to the front-page photo, titled “Children of War,” in the Sept. 20 issue of the Inquirer. While it is true that Zamboanga children remain cheerful and optimistic, the picture also brings to mind President Aquino’s failed promise of peace in Mindanao, made to the thunder of his “daang matuwid” rhetoric. To be sure, behind the children’s smiles and laughter are memories of dreadful experiences that thousands of civilians in Zamboanga City experienced.

Posted: September 27th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Wiser choices for kids

Thank you for the terrific Aug. 18 editorial “TV for kids.” It’s a wake-up call for parents not to take TV viewing for granted. The wide availability of all forms of mass media nowadays makes it imperative for parents to become more proactive and empowered media consumers. If we start choosing better TV shows, Internet [...]

Posted: September 12th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

First read for 0-4 kids

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I had never been to a workshop quite like the recent Booklatan that the National Book Development Board (NBDB) had in Valenzuela on that Friday in August, the day before Tropical Storm “Maring” and the habagat began to unleash pouring rain across the country. In its previous format, NBDB’s quarterly Booklatan session was designed to encourage readership among teachers and librarians.

Posted: August 30th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Good news amid the gloom

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The news doesn’t look too good as of this writing, with waters rising in various areas of the metropolis and in surrounding provinces like Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and even Bataan, Bulacan and Pampanga to the north. From our home in Antipolo, we are anxiously monitoring the rising levels of water in the nearby Marikina River, [...]

Posted: August 20th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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