Monthly Archives: November 2013

After Yolanda How Can The Philippines Improve Relief and Preparedness ?


As I watched like you, over the past five days, appalled and terribly saddened by the horrific sights of damage and destruction from Typhoon Yolanda, I wondered more and more what could have been done, if anything, to reduce its awful impact. To bring relief assistance quicker. Continue reading

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Justice as a birthday present


I arrived at the San Francisco federal court last week about 10 minutes late for my 8:00 a.m. hearing. Federal Judge William Alsup asked me to explain why I was late and he added that my excuse “better be a good one”. I told him it was my birthday and my wife wanted to have breakfast with me before I left. He smiled and said “OK that’s a good one but you can only use that excuse once a year”. Continue reading

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Viagra in Chewing Gum


Wrigley, the internationally famous chewing gum company in the USA, was granted the patent (#6,531,114) March 2003 (good thru 2011), for a chewing gum that contains Sildenafil Citrate (Viagra), the wonder drug for erectile dysfunction in men. Continue reading

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Lindol at Lumang Simbahan (Una sa Dalawang Bahagi)


Marker sa mga yugto ng buhay ng bawat Pinoy ang mga bagyo, baha, pagputok ng bulkan, at lindol. Sa Ilinoy at buong Midwest ay blizzard tuwing winter at tornado sa panahon ng tag-init ang mga likas na kalamidad, saka may posibilidad din ng lindol kaya may paghahandang isinasagawa rin para sa lindol ang mga gobyernong pang-estado at federal. Continue reading

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Hungary The Hard Country – Part Two


Infant mortality rates are used to gage a nation’s health. For every infant under one year old born per 1,000 20 will die back home 8 in Hungary. Hungarians live on average three years longer than their Filipino counterparts; life expectancy in the Philippines is 71 years; Hungarians 73. Continue reading

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On Turkish Thoughts


Salamat (Tagalog), Gracias (Spanish), Merci (French), Mabalos (Bicolano), Agyamanac (Ilocano), Arigato (Japanese), Sye Sye (Mandarin Chinese), Danke (German), Tack (Swedish), Spasibo (Russian), Shukriya (Urdu), Asante (Swahili), Efharisto (Greek), Thank you! (English)
– Aftermath of Genesis 11:1-8 (The Tower of Babel) Continue reading

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Annie D. Ant: Readers Theater Edition Part 3


Bilfrid Militante was a 12-year old young man. He loved Anime, basketball, and Scouting. He had a Facebook account, just like me. But Bilfrid Militante and I could never, ever become FB friends.
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Gran padrino de los ladrones


If there is one trait that has remained the bedrock of colonial mentality long after Spain sold Las Islas Filipinas to Uncle Sam for $20 million over a century ago, it is the time-tested “padrino system” that we inherited from the Spanish colonizers.  It is ingrained in the Filipino psyche affecting his way of life including the way he deals with others.    Continue reading

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Thanksgiving in the worst of times


November 16, 2013
For Filipino Americans like us this year’s Thanksgiving will be a bittersweet reminder of a moment in history when the worst of times in our people’s lives and country witnessed a beautiful contrast in the best of humanity. Indeed, as we watch in horror and despair the worst ever devastation in lost lives and properties wrought by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Tacloban and nearby towns of Samar, we are also amazed and moved by the swift and robust support of people from all walks of life, races, cultures and beliefs. Continue reading

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Kring Kring Gonzales, mayor-husband survive storm surge in Tacloban City


November 16, 2013
Former actress and now Tacloban City Councilor Cristina “Kring Kring” Gonzales-Romualdez and her husband, Mayor Alfred Romualdez, were nearly swept away by the storm surge caused by super typhoon “Yolanda. Continue reading

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