Miss Universe 2015 Pinay beauty Pia Wurtzbach who graced the coronation of Bb. Pilipinas 2016  Maxene Medina recently expressed her four wishes this year to several writers. Foremost of which is the talks Miss Universe 2016 to be held in the Philippines to push through. Previously, the tilt was held in the Philippines in 1974… Read More »

Embracing Duterte, warts and all

The rise in the presidential surveys of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is short of phenomenal and comes just two weeks before the May 9 elections. While the ratings of all his rivals are either sliding down or unmoving, the Davao demagogue has continued to surge and leave his rivals eating dust.   In the… Read More »

What awaits the next Philippine president

MANILA The May 9 general elections here in the Philippines have far-reaching implications to where the country will be going in the next decade, not only during the six-year term of the incoming President. So many key concerns will fall in the lap of the next President. Will the economy continue to grow? Will the… Read More »


  SORSOGON CITY (JGL) – When I was young primary school boy growing up in Piot, a near west barangay of Sorsogon City, I often heard my adult males praising boys my age to be “oragon” when we do a good turn. I now realize that oragon comes from the word “orag” (the ability to… Read More »

NEWS FEATURE The Happy Families of Riley

~  It’s quite unthinkable for some to know that families would spend time and money and come together from all over just to share the joy in welcoming the newest and youngest addition to a growing clan of Filipinos who have migrated to North America. But that’s exactly what happened on Easter Sunday, March 27,… Read More »

Wish Ko Lang

While sipping coffee and munching a muffin, a peer remarked that the 2016 P.I. (as in Philippine Islands, not the DU30 catch phrase) presidential race is an election for the least of evils. Question: Has it really become a nasty habit for voters to dig into and recycle a candidate’s bad past to determine suitability… Read More »


Q. Good afternoon po,hingi po sana ako ng payo about sa condo na hinuhulugan ko. Nag start po ako ng payment noong December 2012.  Naka two years years payment na po ako. kaso marami po problem sa bank loan ko dahil wala ako sa Pilipinas and nagkasakit din po ako . Gusto ko na lang… Read More »

Disempowering political dynasties

Three news articles that appeared in the past week highlighted the sorry state of our political system – the prevalence of political dynasties all over the country. One news item reported that 542 candidates in the local elections are assured of victory because they are running unopposed. Most, if not all, of these unchallenged candidates… Read More »


  MANILA (JGL) – I am not a mind reader nor a clairvoyant. But when former Censors Chief Grace Poe filled up her Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for senator in 2013, qualifying for senator was all that mattered to her. Winning for senator was the farthest thing from her mind. That is why while she… Read More »