July 10, 2020

Dai na talaga mapapugul.  


Hours before I finish writing this article, national news reports 25 persons headed towards Camarines Sur, who tested Covid positive on the rapid test on a checkpoint on the road.  Yet, they were permitted to pass through.  The news anchor ha...

July 3, 2020

Just when passengers have gotten used to 20 peso worth tricycle rides, just when jeepneys with plastic curtains and dividers are starting to take commuters, just when food could be dined in and just taken out, just when parents are preparing for online classes, and jus...

June 26, 2020

There had been so much debate in past years on changing the start of classes from June to August or September.  Who knew that it wouldn’t take a congressman, senator or a president, to push it forward?  Kids, at least, there’s something  you could thank the virus for....

June 19, 2020

“Something’s happening here.  What it is ain’t exactly clear.”  These are lines from “For What it’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield, a protest song in 1967.  


What is happening here?  My chest hurts and I don’t like it.  I get the same feeling when a suspense m...

June 11, 2020

Protocols like wearing of face masks, social distancing, suspension of public transport have been imposed for all of us to be free from Covid.  To  achieve this sort of freedom, cops  had to arrest and lock up a handful of jeepney drivers for violating protocols, with...

June 5, 2020

Have you heard of the story of how the monkeys saved the fish?  Once in a place where a river flows near a mountain, a violent storm suddenly poured heavy rains. All animals rushed for refuge. The monkeys quickly pranced toward the higher ground of the mountain. Soon,...

May 29, 2020

Isn’t the whole point of the various levels of quarantine and lockdown for people to stay put  to avoid a chain of infection; thereby decreasing Covid positive cases?   Then, why does the national government all of a sudden, is opening up border checkpoints, encouragin...

May 21, 2020

Something has to be done with the protection protocols for our hospital and health workers.  There seems to be a local trend that persons who test Covid positive are health workers or their family.  Curiously, a considerable number of infections occur not among residen...

May 14, 2020

Is it this weekend already?  This soon?  I have been so accustomed to one or another sort of quarantine that I have lost tracked that the general community quarantine ends this Friday.  I felt that it would take some time longer, or it would be extended further  with a...

May 8, 2020

Are we really healing as one?  Are we really as one?


In one barangay just around here, a considerable number of senior citizens, solo parents, people who are currently unpaid, and others of the like grumble of not having received social amelioration cash.  Such inequal...

April 30, 2020

It’s in the air all over and you can feel it.  No, not the virus.  The atmosphere seems to be whispering comfortingly and reassuringly that soon, we’ll be out of the woods.  Oh yes, just a few more steps or sprints.  As I’m writing this and hopefully until anyone will...

April 23, 2020

I heard that the authorities have loosened their grip in Calauag; so the residents could go out to their front yards and enjoy some fresh air.  After a brief period of freedom from Covid, a handful of probable cases (as Sec. Duque would love to refer to them now) pop u...

April 15, 2020

I was almost expecting that none of the first Calauag Covid patient’s household would test positive. Almost all of the group had already gone out of the woods, then just like a final twist in a movie plot that would shock the wits of the audience, making them elicit in...

April 10, 2020

My head is whirling on this  rollercoaster ride.  More than a week ago, Mayor Legacion officially confirmed Naga’s first Covid-19 patient (or at least, based on official claim).  Immediately (and admirably if I may say so), a part of Concepcion Pequeña was put on lockd...

April 2, 2020

How does that happen?  How does a city go from being Covid free one day, then putting one residential area on lockdown the very next day? How does a straight A student who just aced an examination, then flunk a big quiz on the next day?  Clearly, Naga wasn’t  Covid fre...

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