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‘Apong’

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She started working for my family at 16, too young and barely educated.

Posted: September 9th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Old rich, old poor

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Last Friday I attended a symposium on “older people” (a term preferred to “elderly”) at the Philippine Women’s University. One of the speakers was Dr. Grace Cruz of the University of the Philippines’ Population Institute (UPPI), which is part of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy.

Posted: October 9th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

It is not enough for the elderly to pray

Yes, Fr. Tito Caluag’s reflection on this relationship of mercy and forgiveness (“A Relationship of Mercy and Forgiveness,” Lifestyle, 9/15/13) is very relevant today. Our Lord continues to invite us with His grace to work with the poor in our midst and not only for them.

Posted: October 2nd, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Growing young while getting old

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It’s been said that “a woman is as old as she looks, and a man is old when he stops looking.” In my case, I had barely stopped looking when the company declared me old. I was retired at the age of 60 because that’s what the rule book said. But how could they retire me when I could still beat everybody in the R&D gym at table tennis and sometimes at chess when I had the time? My hair was still predominantly black and only a few wrinkles marred my face. And even if I did have the wrinkles, they stood for character etched by hard, rewarding work. Hey, that was what the American actress and writer Carrie Fisher said in 1956: “Wrinkles on a man is character; on a woman, its ‘Oh, my God, s-t!’”

Posted: September 27th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Just another idea

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It is a popular belief that the lifestyle of people “sixtysomething or above”—and here I am at 87—slows down, that they prefer to just sit in their rocking chair, watch TV or the world go by, and just let the latter take care of itself. The physiology of it, some people say, is nothing but reduced metabolism, thanks to lazy adrenal glands.

Posted: July 4th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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