September 25, 2020

I may have escaped Covid-19 infection; but it seems we couldn’t escape the whole day brownout.  It has been semi-regular that whole day weekend brownouts revolve around  the CASURECO districts.  For a scheduled Saturday, homebodies endure the baking heat and hiatus fro...

September 18, 2020

There won’t be parades  around downtown Naga this September.  That is clear.  That is certain.  Definitely, we won’t be expecting any sudden announcement that abruptly, policies would change and drum and lyre corps and students clad in military gala would be marching d...

September 12, 2020

Had it been normal circumstances, there would have been flea markets along the city streets, strings of flaglets across buildings, and drums and xylophones would be banging and clanging in rehearsals in the Plaza.  Now, I’m not even sure if the Traslacion Friday would...

September 4, 2020

So, have you already registered in that app?  My sister was reluctant in giving private information.  But I guess they couldn’t scam me with my address and birthday.  I guess, as long as I didn’t divulge any bank account number; they couldn’t rob me.  Oh, wait, I uploa...

August 28, 2020

The neighbourhood can now let out a sigh of relief.  The nine close contacts of one person who tested positive for Covid-19 have tested negative.  That is a monument of the prevention of further infection in the looban  and further around the barangay.  Had at least on...

August 22, 2020

So, since last weekend, going out  has meant you have to put on your face shield on; not just a face mask, a shield to cover your entire face.  This is supposed to reduce the spread of the virus.  Personally, the face shield feels more comfortable than the sometimes su...

August 14, 2020

Naga recently marked another Covid death.  National data continue to break records in daily cases.  I wonder if it’s still a wave with a single crest or multiple peaks that compete against each other in height.  The Philippines has even broken Southeast Asian record; t...

August 7, 2020

A couple of months ago, when enhanced community quarantine was eased to general community quarantine, then there were different variations of modified and extreme, the Filipino nation, despite scientific statistical analysis, had high hopes on the advent of some sort o...

August 1, 2020

Everyone’s talking about the latest SONA.  So, I’ll leave them all at it.  

That afternoon, while the President was delivering his state of the nation address, I heard a teacher say that the speech included the head of state declaring a suspension of the school ye...

July 24, 2020

What’s this?  They failed in their war against drugs, so they secretly turned to war against “oligarchy”?  Don’t tell me they succeeded in the anti-drug war because throughout the Luzon enhanced community quarantine, there were numerous reports of arrests on shabu sale...

July 17, 2020

Let us remember the wounded; pressed but not crushed, persecuted, not abandoned.  

Sen. Leila de Lima

Former COMELEC Chairman Andres Bautista

Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa

And now, the latest addition to this list, medi...

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...

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