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March 31, 2020

 Manila — Two pylons and an iron chain in front of Ronald McDonald caught my attention as I walked to the supermarket. The fast food chain was closed. McDonald's — or McDo, as Filipinos call it — stan...

March 15, 2020

Manila -- Filipinos woke up to an unusually quiet Sunday on March 15 as Metro Manila started its first day on “community quarantine,” the government’s lockdown of the capital as a precautionary move a...

March 1, 2020

In early February after I travelled to one of the coldest places in the Philippines where even the vegetables were frosting at freezing temperatures, I developed a slight fever as I went back to work....

February 12, 2020

 Manila—I’ve had two dates on a Valentine’s Day. It may look like I’m one lucky girl for having experienced that, but no, I’m not fond of my memories of them. My dates were interesting guys though; on...

January 5, 2020

Anyone who grew up reading Time Magazine, when it was just one of the few printed publications and before the arrival of multimedia and online news sites— is knowledgeable about the mag’s Person of th...

November 4, 2019

I am visually disabled. My left eye didn’t make it after a surgery last year to correct retinal detachment. It can only sense faint movements and some light. Fortunately, a similar operation five year...

October 15, 2019

 The closer people live near the coastal areas, the more they expose themselves to the risks of their proximity to the sea, according to a research study that looked at the vulnerability of population...

September 30, 2019

Manila— Ernest Hemingway was said to have spent time in coffee shops writing. I read up somewhere his story about how he went to a pleasant and warm coffee shop, ordered a cafe au lait and started wri...

September 6, 2019

 Manila— At the start of the millennium, I had the chance to work overseas in an international organization. I was chauffeured around in a diplomatic car when I attended functions representing my offi...

February 1, 2019

Manila — In the movie "Sweet Home Alabama," Reese Witherspoon has marched down the aisle to marry Patrick Dempsey when her lawyer came panting, showing her the divorce papers signed by her ex-husband...

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