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A literal relief drive

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I’m sure I won’t remember their faces, nor will they remember mine. Never more than an hour together, never any face time, never much conversation. My hands were only on the wheel, eyes only on the road. Our interaction was limited to me opening my car, popping the trunk, and getting them to their destination. A few directions given here and there, and some small talk about the distance I was driving—nothing more.

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

The future is here

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I am preparing to go on my first mission abroad for 2013. Since 2008, I have been regularly visiting the United States, deliberately seeking out Filipino-Americans and trying to imbibe their experience of leaving a motherland to adopt another country. I cannot anymore count the number of families who opened their homes to me, much less the greater number of people they gathered so I could expand my network of sources of information. I have organizations and associations to thank as well; they have been many and our interactions have been quite enlightening. While not a Filipino-American, I believe I have met more Filipino-Americans than most of them in the last five years than they since they migrated to America.

Posted: January 17th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Partners, volunteers

At the heart of the massive six-day search-and-rescue operation for Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and his companions was the active participation of private citizens. It was a vital detail Robredo himself, the Magsaysay awardee and pioneer of people empowerment in local governance, would have heartily approved.

Posted: August 23rd, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Senior citizens’ night

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It was billed as the “music of World War II,” played by the legendary Glenn Miller Orchestra and, as expected, the crowd that turned out to listen that evening was mostly from the senior citizen generations that survived the horrors of a conflict that devastated much of the country.

Posted: July 16th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Stars in my palms

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So here’s the thing. I was hit by the nostalgia bug after seeing photos of my closest college friends having a get-together because in the not too distant past, I enjoyed being with them in similar gatherings.

Posted: March 30th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

First person

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Growing up, I was idealistic. Like a typical kid in the 1990s, I had big dreams. I ultimately wanted to be a lawyer, never a doctor. I believed that by being a lawyer, I would be able, in my own way, to make possible my mission to make a change in the lives of others. And as time passed, I unconsciously aligned my goals in life toward this direction.

Posted: March 29th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Typhoons, Floods, Landslides: New Normal

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The surprising strength of Typhoon Pedring winds and the rains of Quiel disrupted power and then submerged barangays in Bulacan. None of the two were super-typhoon status, yet damage already approximates what Ondoy did two years ago. I was in New York and New Jersey when Hurricane Irene hit these areas. Hurricanes don’t hit New [...]

Posted: October 6th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Reforms at Naia, Immigration

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COUNTLESS ARE the complaints of air travelers against our airports, from the notorious stinky toilets to arrogant immigration personnel, to unabated smuggling and human trafficking. But good luck in singling out which specific agency to target, even if the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) ends up absorbing most of the brickbats. Antonio Bautista, senior assistant [...]

Posted: May 6th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Promethean fire’

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“THE FACELESS ‘Fukushima 50’ may be Japan’s last hope,” read the headlines. They referred to 50 faceless technicians—since then boosted to 180—who dampen fires at four tsunami-damaged nuclear reactors. All are volunteers. “Otoko wa chie,” a Japanese proverb says. A man is esteemed for courage. These 50, augmented now by firemen and crews dumping water [...]

Posted: March 19th, 2011 in Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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