LARGEST STREET FESTIVAL Taste of Manila as Unifying Force 

“A hand fought best when it made a fist.” ― Guy Gavriel Kay   TORONTO – The Taste of Manila (ToM) street festival has come and gone. Everyone – from the organizers to their guests, especially those coming from the Philippines, to the vendors and their thousands of patrons – looks happy, and why not? (Video at:   From its first year… 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 »

Filipinos find surveys baffling

MANILA Positive survey findings in favor of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte continue to baffle observers. Who can blame those who can’t believe the news of Duterte getting high marks from people surveyed? With all the controversies swirling around him, the common observer can only scratch his head in confusion. I’ve written before that there’s a possible explanation for… Read More »

Impeachment galore

Only five years after the highly divisive impeachment trial of the late Chief Justice Renato Corona, the nation is again faced with the possibility of not just one, but three high-level government officials being impeached for alleged culpable violations of the Constitution. And this is not even counting the impeachment complaints against President Rodrigo Duterte that was dropped… Read More »

Let the bells ring

A day after Bulacan policemen killed 32 drug suspects in a single day, President Duterte commended them and told policemen all over the country to kill 32 more a day to reduce the country’s drug problem.   “Yung namatay daw sa Bulacan, 32 in a massive raid. Maganda yun,” the President said. “Pumatay tayo another 32 everyday, maybe we can reduce… Read More »


  To quote showbiz authority Mario Hernando, the recent demise of veteran actress Zeny Zabala is a big loss in the movie world. From the ‘50s to early ‘70s  Zeny has tagged the Villainess Queen who made things difficult for lead stars Gloria Romero, Lolita Rodriguez, Rita Gomez, Marlene Dauden and later Susan Roces and Amalia Fuentes in… Read More »


  Good day po Atty. Nais ko lang po malaman kung ano po dapat kong gawin tungkol sa lupang binibenta ng lolo ko sa akin at sa pamangkin niya na nakapangalan pa sa lola ng lolo ko. Ang lolo ko ay may apat na kapatid po. Ang lupang namana nila sa kabuuan ay 635 sq m na hahatiin… 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 »


Would you believe Liza Soberano missed a chance of a big Hollywood break? On the day she was scheduled for the audition, she did not show up for personal reasons that triggered the bemuse reaction of her followers who have craved for that rare opportunity. A colleague reported to this writer that Liza kept mum on the issue… Read More »

UNRAVELLING THE CLANDESTINE BABOY Official in Tobias Enverga’s PCCF Repudiates Boycott Move

~  The crack within the normally tight-lipped organization established by Tobias Enverga is finally showing. One official of his Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation has repudiated the inclusion of her name in an underground movement to sabotage Balita, the city’s largest Filipino newspaper, further reinforcing the widespread suspicion that Balita Boycott (or BaBoy) is contrived. The revelation came as a surprise… Read More »