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Toward ‘better’ families

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Leonie Nervida, 47, lives in a tiny, two-room apartment that lies at the end of a row of similarly small apartments in Barangay New Banicain in this city. She shares the single bedroom with her husband Francisco (“Nanie”) who, at 60, is 13 years older than she.

Posted: June 6th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Celebrating the Filipino family

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Thirty-five years ago, when Jollibee opened its first outlet in what was once an ice-cream parlor in Cubao, no one could have predicted that it would grow into the country’s largest fast-food chain. When I first laid eyes on this original outlet (I am a certified Cubao girl, having grown up just a few blocks [...]

Posted: January 31st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Educating the Filipino family

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Last Monday morning, I found myself in the basketball court of a remote village in Bataan province, quietly observing a “family development session” (FDS). The young energetic woman who was conducting the proceedings is a “Municipal Link,” one of 2,250 social workers expressly trained for the government’s greatly expanded conditional cash transfer program, known locally as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). About 30 household heads, all women except one, were in attendance at this particular session. They meet once a month for about an hour depending on the topic to be discussed.

Posted: November 21st, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Don Ramon and the Filipino family

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Don Ramon Revilla may be the archetype of Filipino machismo, having sired more than 50 children by different women. He may have built a legendary movie career and accumulated a sizable fortune as an actor and film producer. He may have tasted political power and gained social stature by winning a seat in the Philippine [...]

Posted: November 9th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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