Let Us Be a Part Of The Change

I got my copy of the Time Magazine this morning, the issue after the recent election in the United States. Of course, the front-page picture is that of the new president elect, Barack Obama. The caption: “Change has come to America.” The last US election campaign had been the main news in the previous three months. It caught… Read More »

Sadyang Ganyan Kaya Ang Kapalaran?

Tahimik si Carlos dela Riva nakahimlay sa sofa ng kanilang balkonahi at dinadama niya ang malamig na hagin na nagbubuhat sa bulubundukin ng Daly City, California. Sa kanyang pag-iisa ay laging sumasagi sa kanyang ala-ala ang kanyang buhay na sinasapit noong mga nakaraang panahon sa Maynila na siya kung tawagin ay “smart business tycoon” na owner ang manufacturer… Read More »

Keeping The Filipino Community Together In Canada

TORONTO, CANADA – Filipinos are today considered the fourth largest minority group in Canada, particularly in the Greater Toronto Area. The need to maintain community communication increases as their number expands numerically, economically, socially, and politically. The rapid growth of the community in the early 1970s brought a need to bring the Filipinos together and strengthen their connectedness… Read More »

Three Myths about Mental Illness

In my practice, I have met many misconceptions about mental illness from patients and their relatives. I can’t blame them. Mental illness has not been understood for a while. In fact, it has created a stigma that people dismiss its importance and its impact in their lives. Some even hide their emotional difficulties from the scrutiny of their… Read More »

The Bicolanas

In one of the rooms of the residential apartment in pre-war Intramuros was occupied by three girls from the Bicol Region. These three girls coming from the different provinces of the region by mutual agreement rented the space while they pursued their education in a school located in Walled City. They could have enrolled in their home provinces… Read More »

Politics of Fear

Never in the history of the United States was “politics of fear” used to bring out the worse in people and sow fear in them. And by doing so, John McCain has created a “lynch mob” mentality among white voters. McCain unleashed his running mate, Sarah Palin, to attack Barack Obama with lies and innuendoes. At a Florida… Read More »

Bahay Kubo, Kahit Munti

Several days ago, the Philippine Consulate General of Toronto hosted an art exhibition of the paintings of a Filipino artist, Rosalinda Roman. Her works featured the Philippine bahay kubo and the rare, awesome orchids, like the cattleya and the Waling Waling. This art exhibit has already traveled to some cities in Europe and now in North America, starting… Read More »

Change vs. More of The Same

“Financial markets are collapsing. Credit is drying up. Your savings are in danger, and your retirement is at risk. Jobs are disappearing. The cost of health care, your children’s college, gasoline and groceries are rising all the time with no end in sight, while your most important asset – your home – is losing value every day.” “We… Read More »