Gratitude Wall (inspired by Geminids Meteors)

HAPPY NEW YEAR, friends and readers! (And happy birthday to my niece, Jarmaine Abby Trilles!) May the new year bring you many more reasons to be grateful about. I began writing this post last December 14 so please forgive me that this may sound a little stale. 🙂 That early morning, I fell asleep with…

Of doing good for public health, The Champ, fresh seafood, and more of Sarangani

I feel a little guilty for being away so long! If my blog can ‘feel’, then he must be feeling abandoned already.  :-O Nevertheless, I will try my best to make up for it by posting some insights and pictures from all my travels of the past six months or so. 🙂 I will begin…

Thoughts on the SC, GMA, and Secretary de Lima (A repost)

I rarely re-post articles but this is a good read from former Senator Rene Saguisag (lifted from a friend’s post in Facebook). I do not really agree with many of the Senator’s decisions/declarations in the past ten years or so but this write-up is fair and circumspect.   THE LAW IN SAN BEDA The law…

An Open Letter to Congressman Angara of Aurora

Dear Congressman Angara, I wrote to you last June 9, appealing for assistance so that an ambulance can bring your indigent constituent to Ospital ng Makati (OsMak). The Office of VP (and then Makati Mayor) Binay has already kindly offered to accept and treat the patient, as a charity case. All that is needed is…

Religion and beauty pageants: Why our Shamcey did not win the title

This is my first time to write about beauty pageants. I have nothing against this type of competition but I also think that the pageants can be a lot wiser and more gender-sensitive if the contestants are not required to wear skimpy bikinis. After all, women are beautiful creatures (and even men, for that matter)…

Tornado hits my neighborhood in New Manila, Quezon City

We were caught by surprise. We were preparing our late breakfast of toasted bread and sunny side-up eggs when suddenly, the winds outside roared angrily, as if crying out, warning us to take refuge. We hurriedly looked outside our kitchen windows and realized those are not ordinary winds… Indeed, we are witnessing the brunt of…

Dreaming of a Philippine Leadership Academy

(A repost of a blog posted last December 7, 2010 in my previous site, http://meilbox.asyanna.com) If I have the means, I will build an institution and name it the Philippine Leadership Academy. It will produce graduates with the integrity and courage of Mahatma Gandhi, intelligence of Jose Rizal, and spirituality of Mother Theresa. The graduates…