A few weeks ago, my former high school classmates formed a weekly Zoom meeting dubbed “Zoomastahan.” It is meant to be a fellowship with people from the Philippines, China, Singapore, UAE, UK, USA and Canada. Since it...
It’s nice to be back in this column! I love talking about the brighter side of life – I like it when my mind oozes with serotonin (the happy hormone). That is good, right? The world has...
The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has released in April 2020 a document called "Travelling in the New Normal" as part of its comprehensive plan outlining critical steps, coordinated actions, and new standards and protocols toward...
The resurgence of "Black Lives Matter" has gripped my psyche like nothing I've experienced before. I am aghast at how some prominent leaders in our society have blatantly disrespected the very core principles of diversity and inclusion....
If you’re a Filipino, there is a good chance you are hooked on Korean Dramas (KDrama).  You’re a fan of at least one of the male lead characters who we call “Oppa” (Korean = older male but...

Boracay Clean Up

  By Darlene Casten Duterte gives Boracay six months to clean up sewage and trash     Caption:  Department of Tourism spokesperson Frederick Alegre speaks to a group of foreign media, including representatives from Mabuhay Calgary, in the Philippines last week about the steps that are...


After months of fruitful talks, the government decided to finally fold its tent and abandon the peace talks with communist rebels. This came in the wake of six soldiers getting killed in an encounter with the New People's Army,...

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