Nurturing Nature

At the Table of Yolanda (Haiyan)

At the Table of Yolanda (Haiyan)

Dennis Grajo and World Vision Philippines were among several individuals and organizations deeply moved to spontaneously help victims of Super Typhoon Hiayan.  It is by its local name, Yolanda, that we Filipinos remember.  Yolanda was the strongest tropical storm on record to make landfall, based on its peak wind speed of 313 km/hr (195 mph). […]

Typhoon Haiyan Tragedy:  A Non-victim Tries to Cope

Typhoon Haiyan Tragedy: A Non-victim Tries to Cope

NO ONE could have predicted the extent of the devastation that typhoon Haiyan visited upon the Philippines’ central Visayas region.  Warnings were issued.  Most people heeded them as best they could.  We are a nation accustomed to typhoons.  We “know the drill” and we thought we were ready.  We were not. Incredibly Hard to Comprehend […]

Abundance is the Default

Abundance is the Default

Patungkol sa likas na kayamanan at yaman sa mundo, may sapat para sa lahat. Ang pag-aaksaya at pag-mamalabis ng iilan ang siyang dahilan ng paghihirap ng karamihan.   Of the world’s natural resources and wealth, there is enough for everyone. The wastefulness and excesses of a few are the reasons for the impoverishment of a multitude. […]

The Tragedy of the “Unli”

The Tragedy of the “Unli”

How do businesses choose to make money these days? More than a few focus solely on attracting customers, the greater the number, the better. They gleefully drop their prices to unbelievably low levels or they retain their rates but add a whole bunch of new-looking extras. The most aggressive enterprises stretch to their farthest limit […]

Global Warming: No Benefit of the Doubt

Global Warming: No Benefit of the Doubt

A thin film of sweat covers my arms in spite of the open window and the electric fan a few meters away.  The BBC news is on TV and shows   Beijing residents donning masks as they wake up to yet another day of high air pollution.  This occurrence has been gradually increasing since several […]

Angelica’s Tomorrow

Angelica’s Tomorrow

Her chubby fingers fumble with the crayon and her thick eyebrows are slightly furrowed. She draws a red car along a road bordered by green grass where two crooked black and white cows graze. Above, there is a smiling yellow sun against a blue cloudless sky. I watch my five-year-old daughter creating a picture and […]

Sting Makes a Strong Point

Sting Makes a Strong Point

The announcement of the artist pull-out and venue change came as the tickets for the show were practically sold out. The artist’s decision to switch venues in this one-night-only gig caused a bit of a logistical challenge to refund and re-issue tickets for both organizers and ticket holders, who had to physically pick up the […]