Category Archives: Throwback

Cheer Up!

As they say, all legs lead to PyeongChang, South Korea; and all eyes and ears are glued to this county (population: about 45,000; elevation: 750 meters) in the province of Gangwon-do, South Korea, located in the Taebaek Mountains region.       But other than being an ideal site for the Winter Olympics that began on February 9 and will run… Read More »

Lots of Ways to Say I Love You

Behind the silver screen, professional sports, high-level politics, so on and so forth – locally and internationally, calls to uphold gender equality and dignity, due protection against dehumanization of all sorts and women empowerment have been espoused and heard.        The movement has expanded. Support groups have mushroomed. At the most, (e.g. #MeToo, #It’s Never Okay and others) have… Read More »

Goodbye, Welcome

  Another joyful and magical Christmas season has passed.        While with it went the festive mood, happy memories of kinship, friendship and community spirit were created.        Not to worry. Believing hearts and minds still bear the eternal hope that all the loving, giving and receiving and the greetings and toasts for good health and wealth remains, for all… Read More »

Joyful, Hopeful Season

Sports fans and aficionados in Toronto have every reason to jump with joy and spread the spirit of community pride these days.        Better known as Toronto FC, the Toronto Football Club captured its first ever Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup title after dominating the MLS Western Conference titlist Seattle Sounders 2-0 in the league’s championship match at the… Read More »

Only Great Memories

         On October 24, I received news that one of my most respected colleagues in the newswire profession has passed — silently and unknown to many of those he worked with back in the day — at his hometown in Digos, Davao del Sur on December 9, 2016.        In another month, his wife Anita and his family will… Read More »

Too Much Info (TMI)

Good friend Ricky unilaterally declared the advent of Autumn, as soon as Labour Day (September 4) passed. I unilaterally approved his declaration.        Early September, I have begun to feel lower joint pains when the mercury fell below seasonal. With several more days before summer officially ends (September 21) and before my wife even thinks of imposing marital law… Read More »

A Joy Forever

       “I’ll see you in September, when summer is gone …” So goes the first two lines of a song written by Sonny Curtis and made popular in the mid-60s by Gary Lewis and The Playboys.        “See you in September. See you when the summer’s through …” Thus opens a similar set of words in a song written by… Read More »

Pine Dining

Midsummer is here. When the mercury spikes up to levels that remind one that there is a sun, a midsummer night’s dream is likely of being where it is cooler.        Never worry. In a few more weeks, some dreams will come true. *****        This reminds me of a friend’s granddaughter. She did not mind the summer heat and… Read More »

Think, Speak, Act Peace

  Among Filipinos in social media: Trending: Mindanao’s Islamic City of Marawi beseiged by Maute terrorists. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte places Mindanao under martial law. Breaking News: Earthquake hits many parts of the Philippines. First post: Woke up. Disunited nation. Back to dreaming. Another post: My bed rocks. Hi, ho … nightmares away! ATM: Blasts, firefight between military… Read More »

Wala Lang!

        No apologies. The “Nothing!” below that you are about to see – and perhaps, read – is a product of just one of those bad hair days that creeps me when I dare to write.         Before “Wala lang!” burst out, the 16 paragraphs — that claim to be poetry without… Read More »