Category Archives: Guest Writer

BlowHotBlowCold      

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 »

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 »

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 »

OH CANADA MY CANADA

One early May morning while waiting for a public bus at Derry Road  chilled by a gentle breeze  of  8 degrees Celsius, the thought hit me like a Sigma Rho paddle. Why my second country  is “cool”  so cool  than  Philippines My Philippines, the country of my birth.  Men, macho men may not compare past with  present girl… Read More »

OH CANADA MY CANADA

One early May morning while waiting for a public bus at Derry Road  chilled by a gentle breeze  of  8 degrees Celsius, the thought hit me like a Sigma Rho paddle. Why my second country  is “cool”  so cool  than  Philippines My Philippines, the country of my birth.  Men, macho men may not compare past with  present girl… 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 »

Akala Ko, Tapos Na

Dalawang magulang ang dumalo sa isang university commencement exercise. Kumpare 1: Sa wakas, nagmartsa din ang aking panganay. Magna! Kumpare 2: Inggit ako sa iyo, Pare. Kumpare 1: Magna-nine years na sana sa college kundi pumasang-awa! Teka, bakit tila malungkot ka? Kumpare 2: Summa kasi ang anak ko. Kumpare 1: Wow, ang galing. Ano ‘yan, luha ng tuwa?… 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 »