Juan Flavier’s passing bereaves not just his family, colleagues and friends but the nation as well. Tiny he may have been, yet what a gaping wound his death has left on the national psyche.
By Rina Jimenez-David
He was an inspired choice. Before accepting the post of health secretary, Dr. Juan Flavier was already known as the “Doctor to the Barrios,” having written a book (of the same title) on his experiences and insights while serving in the barrios of Nueva Ecija and Cavite. Here he shared, with humor and sensitivity, what he had learned from the simple barrio folk who taught him lessons he would bring, decades later, to his work at the Department of Health.
By Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
Few people in this world get to be a century old. One of them is French-born Jesuit Fr. Pierre Tritz, who turned 100 last Sept. 19. The Mass and simple celebration on the 19th was cancelled because of Tropical Storm “Mario” that brought flooding in Metro Manila. The gathering is being set for another date.
By Jose V. Abueva
As we mark this month the fifth anniversary of President Corazon C. Aquino’s passing, I humbly offer this personal tribute to an exemplary Filipino political leader and human being who brought great honor to our country and made us proud to be Filipinos:
By Oscar Franklin Tan
I never realized how strongly my generation embraced “carpe diem” as its mantra until I woke up to see my Facebook feed flooded with quotes from Robin Williams’ 1989 movie “Dead Poets’ Society.”