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it’s the 118th anniversary of the day when our filipino forefathers rose up in arms against their colonial spanish masters. it has since been declared national heroes day, a holiday observed throughout the philippines.

today’s celebration may prove to be historic as it coincides with the first massive filipino protest against the administration of president benigo aquino iii. it was triggered by a local paper’s exposé of the ten billion peso scam that made the people real mad. it involved several filipino legislators and their pork barrels and businesswoman janet lim-napoles.

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August 26, 2013 at 9:53 am 6 comments


I have been eating a lot of fish lately which is fashionable nowadays considering its healthy benefits. As any fish lover would attest, however, it would be just a matter of time when the denizens of the ocean would get their revenge. I knew it right off the bat when a fishbone got stuck in my throat last week.

It wouldn’t be a big deal if I were in the Philippines. I could go to a suhi. A suhi is one who was born with his or her feet first. In other words, a breech baby. He or she has the power to dislodge an obstruction in the throat.

I know this for a fact. When I was growing up in the Philippines, fish was a main part of our diet. It should be expected that a fishbone would get stuck in my throat every now and then. When it happened in those days, all I’d do was run to my aunt’s house who was a suhi. She would mumble some incantations and then wet her fingers with her saliva and gently stroke the spot on my neck where the fishbone was stuck. Within a minute or two, I’d be relieved of the misery as if by magic.

But those days are long gone. My aunt is dead and the Philippines is 7,000 miles away.

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February 5, 2013 at 11:42 am 6 comments

behind every great man is a great woman

a few days after his death, the loving widow of jesse robredo held a press conference. mr. robredo was a high ranking cabinet member of philippine president benigno aquino iii. he died in a plane crash off the shore of masbate island on aug. 18 while on his way home to naga city to be with his family.

it’s been said that behind every great man is a great woman. from this interview, i had a glimpse of the woman that he married and it was good. a woman of high intelligence and moral values, maria leonor “leni” robredo must have helped him keep his feet on the ground, maintain his focus, and walk the line. if you watch the above video, i know you’ll agree with me. for non-tagalog readers, a transcript of the interview in english can be found here.

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September 1, 2012 at 8:14 am 6 comments

keeping up with the joneses

His Excellency
Most Rev. Juan De Dios Pueblos, D.D.

several catholic bishops in the philippines had received money from the philippine charity sweepstakes office (pcso) for the purchase of sports utility vehicles (suv) during the term of former president gloria macapagal-arroyo.

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July 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm 8 comments

read and weep


while i was in the philippines early this month, the plight of three filipinos, sentenced to death in china for drug trafficking, was headline news. the philippine government, led by vice-president jejomar binay, made a valiant effort in appealing their convictions on humanitarian grounds. but it was for naught. after a temporary stay, the death sentences of ramon credo, elizabeth batain, and sally villanueva were carried out today.

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March 30, 2011 at 1:02 am 11 comments

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