September 4, 2020

The first time I brought my family to Legazpi City, I had only one agenda: I wanted my son Jacob to meet a living war hero. I wanted him to meet former Legazpi City Mayor Luis S. Los Baños, not so much because he laid the foundations of Modern Legazpi but because the c...

August 22, 2020

Sunday morning, rain is falling, I sing along with the Maroon 5, as I look at the heavy downpour outside my window.  I’m in a musical mood today and I belt out another song, “Beautiful Sunday.” Unlike Daniel Boone, however, I won’t take my regular walk in the park toda...

August 7, 2020

When I stepped out of the house for my morning walk, I noticed that the trees where once throbbed with the chorus of robins, jays, and squirrels were quiet.  What happened? They would always be here scampering for food. You see, every morning, a man in his fifties woul...

July 24, 2020

I can’t help noticing the ways we greet each other these days compared to a few months ago.


Take my friend Chris, for example, who I meet along Main Street, as he pushes the wheelchair of his elderly neighbor Tom. Instead of the usual handshakes, they give me a cordial...

July 10, 2020

Dr. Tony Zantua is one of the most unforgettable human beings I have known. Not so much because he was writer, orator, physician/surgeon, publisher, wit, labor union organizer -- a renaissance man -- but because of the way he taught me to navigate through life like a s...

June 19, 2020

In preparing to write about the present BLM here in the US, I thought that to produce an in-depth article, I either have to join the protesters or interview someone who is actively involved in the movement.  So I asked my son if I could interview him for the article, s...

June 5, 2020

“Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.”  (Exodus 20:12)

“Let’s have another Zoom meeting on Father’s Day.” 


We had a great meeting last Mother’s Day; it is only right and fitting we set up...

May 14, 2020

“Catching up with family is like re-opening your favorite gift,” goes the saying.


Videoconferencing isn’t exactly my cup of tea, but having nothing important on my desk, and today being Mother’s Day when they invited me, I thought maybe just this once I’d give it a sho...

April 30, 2020

It is almost Sunday, but the houses of worship will still be empty. If this is going to be the “new normal,” it can’t be helped. Nor does it import, given the precarious situation we are still in. Besides, the real place of worship is within, lockdown or no lockdown. A...

April 15, 2020

This is the story of a man, one who was never at a loss. He had travelled far in the world, after the sack of Troy, the virgin fortress; he saw many cities of men, and learnt their minds; he endured many troubles and hardships in the struggle to save his own life and t...

April 2, 2020

As the death toll surges here in Queens, New York, now the “epicenter of the epicenter” of this global pandemic that is threatening to deluge us, it is blatantly evident how inter-dependent we all are with each other: humans, animals, the planet. We are all in the same...

March 12, 2020

I woke up this morning and got this email message from our niece:


“To my dear family, in light of the developing news of the coronavirus outbreak, our Lancaster family reunion in April is canceled in order to avoid unnecessary exposure for all of us, especially our sen...

February 27, 2020

“Piteous Humanity,” wrote the Spanish author Vicente Blasco Ibáñez in his novel The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, “half-crazed with fear, fleeing in all directions upon hearing the thundering hoof-beats of the Plague, War, Hunger, and Death.”


As I sit in church in t...

February 13, 2020

To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

Last week, it was my wife’s time to retire. She had been in her job for more than three decades. 


Now that we’re both retired, one of the first things we did was to plan...

January 30, 2020

“Everything is good with your blood-work,” my primary care physician tells me, as soon as I settle myself in the adjustable chair stool. “I am glad to see that your A1C is 6.1, even without medication.”


Can it get any better than this, I sigh in relief.


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