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Remembering WWII while fighting a new 'war'

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Manila— I just came from a walk in the rain. The Philippines was experiencing its first typhoon that was devastating a number of provinces upon making landfall, while a lesser storm signal hoisted over Metro Manila brought drizzles with cold winds that temporarily offs...

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The ABS-CBN tower viewed from Tomas Morato Avenue in Quezon City, Philippines. Photo by Diana G. Mendoza

Manila-- A specter of martial law. A move to fully snuff out press freedom and freedom of expression. A final blow to democracy. The chills brought by the shutdown o...

Tuesday, 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 — stands across its competition, Jollibee, which was also closed. I half-ra...

Sunday, 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 against Covid-19 or the coronavirus disease that has multiplied from s...

Sunday, 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. It was an ordinary thing until I was reminded that the world is in a...

Wednesday, 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; one spoke many languages, the other was a multiracial artist-writer.

But...

Sunday, 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 the Year in its cover and feature. I looked forward to it every year-en...

Monday, 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 years ago saved my right eye, so it is my one remaining precious hope for...

Tuesday, 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 populations in the 22 Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) due to p...

Monday, 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 writing after he took out a notebook and pen from his coat.

My favorite H...

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