BlowHotBlowCold is a Canadian – American  opinion-based column that premiered more than a decades ago in the Filipino-Canadian newspaper BALITA where I discussed the latest issues and controversies affecting Filipino-Canadians and Filipino-Americans. It was discontinued when I left Bell Canada in 2006 and accepted a consulting job at AT&T in NJ. I am now retired and Tess Cusipag… Read More »


  We have a farmland in the Philippines, our tenant or the one cultivating the land is my aunt. But my aunt in return took somebody to share her position maybe because it is too much for her since she’s getting old. Years later, the person whom my aunt get to cultivate the land in her behalf died.… Read More »


  Since the airing Last September of the new TV talk show Lolas Beautiful Day, with hosts Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola and Paolo Ballesteros, the latter who’s an open gay has a wish still unfulfilled. That is Piolo Pascual to be a special guest. Out of it, co-workers would tease Paolo if Piolo is his secret target to… Read More »

Who got Duterte to sing at the ASEAN?

MANILA For sheer bragging rights, US President Donald Trump was the only world leader who got President Duterte to sing at the gala night of the recent Asean Summit held here. Not Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, or Shinzo Abe was able to to that. Only Trump. We don’t really know if it’s true that Trump egged Duterte on… Read More »

NEWS FROM MANILA Canadian Garbage Traded for Filipino Nurses?

~ A respected journalist in Manila alleges that the garbage issue Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was confronted with during the ASEAN summit in the Philippine capital a week ago had something odd in it. An Ontario-based company had shipped 106 container vans of hazardous waste to Manila in 2013-2014 under the pretext that it’s recyclable plastics. Some… Read More »

Of journalists and bloggers

It must be difficult being a journalist in the Philippines these days. Where before, Malacanang reporters only had to worry about being scooped by the few competing journalists in their beat, they now have to contend with bloggers who quarrel with them when they ask during a press conference a question that to these bloggers are not favorable… Read More »

Cambodia and PH: Headed same way?

Filipinos should watch with interest developments in Cambodia, a leading member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that has in the last few years gravitated towards China. In a ruling on Thursday, the country’s Supreme Court dissolved the main opposition party and banned 118 of its members from politics for the next five years in what is… Read More »

Seeking a Caregiver in North York

30-40 hours a week @ $11.60/hr (live in or live out) near Sheppard Ave W & Allen Rd area. Qualifications: 1-2 years experience No criminal record 2-3 References Flexible hours and can work weekends if/as needed Must speak and read/write in English Responsibilities: Maintain a safe and healthy environment in the home for my daughter Take my daughter… Read More »

How deep is the support for Duterte?

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte still gets good ratings in poll surveys. But, as I’ve surmised in more than one column, I doubt that the survey results reflect a true picture of the situation on the ground. Filipinos like to play things safe. We are a generally timid people, noisy only in neighborhood drinking sessions or small gatherings… Read More »