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‘Put our memories, our experience, in writing’

While going through my files of newspaper clippings, I came across Antonio Calipjo Go’s High Blood article titled “Leave a trail: Where we’ve gone, what we did” (Opinion, 12/27/13).

Posted: March 4th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

SC: Seniors’ discounts constitutional


The Supreme Court assured a “Merry Christmas” for our senior citizens when it affirmed the constitutionality and mandatory character of the 20-percent discount on their purchases from or use of “hotels and similar lodging establishments, restaurants and recreation centers, medicine… funeral and burial services… theaters, cinema houses and concert halls, circuses, carnivals and other similar places of culture, leisure and amusement… medical and dental services.” It also validated the implementing rules and regulations of the discounts.

Posted: December 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Never too old


A recent report in the South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong newspaper, caught my eye. It was about “disciplined services staff” asking that their retirement age be raised from the current 55 to 60.

Posted: November 6th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Right way to get to 99 is thru community involvement

This is in reaction to Dr. Virgilio Ofiana’s High Blood article titled “Growing young while getting old” (Opinion, 9/28/13).

Posted: October 10th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Senior citizens on the warpath


It appears that a lot remains to be done as regards the proper implementation of the Senior Citizens Law. For all the publicity that only recently was focused on the subject of valid and acceptable identification documents covering the elderly, some establishments, including respectable medical institutions, continue to make life difficult by insisting on their own interpretation of the law. Ignorance or bullheaded stubbornness is the only possible explanation for their unacceptable actions.

Posted: October 6th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

When everyone’s focus was on pork


First, a word on the elderly.   In a recent message to Italian Catholics in Turin, Pope Francis said, “A population that does not take care of the elderly and of children has no future because it abuses both its memory and its promise. The future of society is rooted in the elderly and the [...]

Posted: September 15th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Seniors’ 20% discount on promos

On my recent trip to Manila, my messenger bought my ticket from PAL at the promo rate of P4,649 or a promo discount of P390 from the regular rate of P5,039.

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

Putting up bus terminal at Trinoma a bad idea


Out of curiosity, I went to the provincial-bus terminal in Parañaque on its opening day and, as is usual in such cases, there were opening-day blues.

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

Senior citizens discount on mineral supplements

My wife and I, aged 84 and 88 respectively, with high blood sugar and unable to eat much of our regular food, have been instructed by our doctor to take Ensure or Glucerna, a full cup serving of which is said to be equivalent to a full meal.

Posted: July 5th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Just another idea


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 »

2013 election winners should learn to sail even against the wind

The top 11 Senate winners range in age between 35 and 49. (As of this writing, the 12th place is still a tossup between Richard Gordon and Gringo Honasan who are both senior citizens.) Does this mean something?

Posted: June 6th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

An old novitiate


You know you are getting old when you drive into a religious novitiate and care more about the men and women in the cemetery than the present novices. I realized this as we drove into the Jesuits’ Sacred Heart Novitiate in Novaliches one day.

Posted: May 12th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »



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