How About Neighbors’ Day?

LAST MAY and every May we celebrate Mothers’ Day. In June, we also celebrate Fathers’ Day. I know there are also Grandparents’ Day and Teachers’ Day. It’s really good that we have specific days to recognize and honor the great things our loved ones do at least once a year. Up to this writing, we were wondering, why… Read More »

Pinoy Singers: You’ve Come A Long Way Baby!

A famous Hollywood quote “ You’ve come a long way baby “ best describes the storybook and Cinderella rise to fame and popularity of Filipino singers. There is Arnel Pineda, the newly discovered lead singer of the 80”s great American rock band, the Journey which is now undergoing its most strongest revival (if not resurrection) Since the departure… Read More »

The Maligned Mayor

In Memory of Frank O. de Leon Rubbing his weary eyes with his shaking wrinkled hands, he knew that it was already daylight. He then sat up, straightened his tired back. Stretched his semi-numbed arms, and broadly look around the seemingly deserted “municipio”(municipal building. In that early chilly morning, he was certain that there must be someone around… Read More »

Ties that bind

CHICAGO, Illinois (JGLi) – When I was of pre-school age, I used to see the capital letters engraved on the buckle of the belt of my Dad – CLAC. I thought it was the English spelling of “clock,” a time piece. But when I stepped into my grammar school, I, little by little, realized that my Dad was… Read More »

The birth of the Asian-Pacific Consultative Committee

“We’ve come to offer a proactive approach to break barriers and stereotypes, increase communication and understanding between the groups and the police, thereby helping to create a safe and improved quality of living in this city and communities.” Rowena Santos, Co-Chair, Planning Committee This statement in the introductory speech of one of the Filipino leaders and co-chair of… Read More »

Working class hero

This column mourns the passing of an extraordinary public servant and champion of the working class, party list representative Crispin “Ka Bel “ Beltran, who succumbed to injuries suffered during an accident at his home, May 20 in Bulacan. Beltran was rushed to the hospital after falling off the roof of his house that he was fixing. Ka… Read More »

War is no way to peace

Hope for a lasting peace in Mindanao seemed out of reach again last week following the withdrawal of the Malaysian contingent in the International Monitoring Team, nearly five months after talks between the national government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) stalled over the critical issue of ancestral domain — the territory that includes provinces, towns and… Read More »

Five ways to strengthen your relationships

“He barks at me Doc. He barks at me,” laments a lady who I’ve known for a while. “What do you mean? You mean he barks like a dog.” “Worse! Whatever I do, he gets mad, yells at me for no reason. I wanna divorce him Doc.” I never knew until that day. Several years of marriage can… Read More »

Remembering Christmas

After almost 15 years being away from the Homeland, I got another glimpse of Christmas in the Philippines last month. Just like two years ago, it was still almost a full month before Christmas Day when I left Manila, but the festive feeling was already in the air, although, I was told, with less intensity than the previous… Read More »