Life in the Time of Covid-19

Since the beginning of this year, I have been fighting off cold symptoms, which usually hit around New Year’s Day. Mind you, I have not been sick, but with the onset of this #Covid19, I have been worried that I may be more vulnerable to catch it, given that my body is somewhat weakened already.Continue reading “Life in the Time of Covid-19”

Living with Alzheimer’s 13 (a series)

Happy Easter, Mama Diaries Fans! Mama’s Daily Schedule: 5:00am – Mama starts waking up G and E, demanding breakfast 6:00am – E gets up and prepares Mama’s breakfast (lugaw) 7:00am – Mama is still eating breakfast reluctantly and lamenting that she wants to sleep. G administers her meds. after, Mama sleeps for about 10 minutesContinue reading “Living with Alzheimer’s 13 (a series)”

It Was Normal

Being a kid in Cawayanon was normal. It was normal that Kindergarten Commencement was held on a picnic blanket with tea party props under an acacia tree in the school yard with our parents around us looking on and we sang and danced The Little Teapot: “I’m a little teapot, short and stout. Here isContinue reading “It Was Normal”

Writer’s Block

Writer’s Block is a term used when writers can’t think of anything to write, though this is not for lack of topics. Since my last post in February, almost two months ago, I’ve had every opportunity to write about: the Kaamulan Festival, the history of Bukidnon, Missy Bon Bon (the restaurant where I spend mostContinue reading “Writer’s Block”

A Miracle in CDO

Cagayan de Oro City is widely known as “The City of Golden Friendship”.  This tag has never been more identified and exhibited as in the last few days. On the afternoon of December 16, Friday — the last day of classes and at the height of Christmas Party planning — it began to rain.  ThoseContinue reading “A Miracle in CDO”

It’s a Small World After All

You know that song we sang at United Nations Day when we were kids?  “There is just one moon and one golden sun, And a smile means friendship to everyone. Though the mountains divide and the oceans are wide, It’s a small world after all.” Well, last week I was hired by my ninang (godmother)Continue reading “It’s a Small World After All”

First Stop in CDO

Question:  What is the first tourist destination you experience when you arrive at Cagayan de Oro City from the air? Hint:  Everyone who flies into Cagayan de Oro MUST experience it. Whether you like it or not. No one is spared. Give up? Answer:  It’s the Cagayan de Oro AIRPORT!  =D An airport is consideredContinue reading “First Stop in CDO”

Filotours: Fresh Eyes for the Philippines

So many islands, 7107 of them.  How can anyone visit them all in one lifetime?  The answer:  Send your kids to university where they will learn cinematography and film making.  Then once they’ve become experts in their chosen fields, take a long break and bring them to visit the Philippines, the country of their roots.Continue reading “Filotours: Fresh Eyes for the Philippines”

An Adventure Like No Other

We hear a motorcycle coming up the road.. Wait, the engine’s rev is too high to be from an ordinary motorcycle, maybe it’s a scooter.. on the highway? Wait, here it comes, it should be passing us any moment, any minute, right about.. Wait, what? It’s flying over us??? You start the day cool andContinue reading “An Adventure Like No Other”

A New Breed of Politician: Coming in Through the Back Door

“The year, 2016. The place, Malacañang Palace. ‘Ladies and gentlemen, the president of the Republic of the Philippines…’ Who comes out? (Hey, this is Barry’s write-up.) Most people who know this witty, remarkable guy do not find the scene previously described hard to imagine; and none of them dismiss the possibility of its realization. EveryoneContinue reading “A New Breed of Politician: Coming in Through the Back Door”