Opinion

Imminent

It is not true that Taal is a small volcano. It is a volcano within a volcano. The entire 234 sq. km. lake is the caldera of a huge...
By adminfp23 January 17, 2020

Freud’s reply to Einstein

In response, Freud wrote about his opinion on how war happens and what can be the solution of the problem of war. Dear Mr....
By adminfp23 January 13, 2020

Memories of Old Manila

This is a beautiful book. This is the first time I have ever used that adjective to describe a book. Old Manila 2nd Edition by...
By adminfp23 January 13, 2020

Just asking

While people were on gift-giving mode for the Christmas holiday season, the monstrous traffic jams and gridlocks in many shopping...
By adminfp23 January 13, 2020

Adaptation

The food court with a red fence along the Alabang-Zapote Road has reopened, this time with Filipinos no longer told to keep...
By adminfp23 January 13, 2020

Cockpit politics

Who would have imagined that ownership of a cockpit or sabungan in today’s modern world, would become an actual model to learn...
By adminfp23 January 13, 2020

To deal or not to deal

The government announced that in six months it will give our water concessionaires a new contract, which is open for discussion and...
By adminfp23 January 13, 2020

Writing the Revolution

I cannot explain my fascination with the Basques and with Spain maybe because we were a Spanish colony and there is so much of Spain...
By adminfp23 January 13, 2020

Copy writer – copy wrong

If you happen to be a radio listener, the reality is there is no escaping advertisements. The choice is to change stations or...
By adminfp23 January 11, 2020

Unseen

President Duterte ordered the water distribution concessionaires to sign a new contract minus those he considers “onerous”...
By adminfp23 January 11, 2020

A brush with royalty

It was spring and the birds were singing. I was living in a small room in a hotel run by Filipinos in Nevern Square, London. It was...
By adminfp23 January 11, 2020

EDITORIAL – A faster ride

There are motorcycle enthusiasts around the world. The two-wheeled motor vehicles provide a thrilling ride, and they can be the...
By adminfp23 January 11, 2020

Revisiting Hamlet

George Schultz, Secretary of State to Republican President Ronald W. Reagan in the 1980s, famously lamented:“We may never have the...
By adminfp23 January 11, 2020

Why war?

With a war threatening the world yet again on the assassination of the Iranian general, I chose and slightly abridged letters...
By adminfp23 January 11, 2020

Gross failure

This case once more shows that the practice of law is not a right but a privilege granted by the State to those who show that they...
By adminfp23 January 10, 2020

Pay attention

Have you ever wondered why some people struggle with the fact that the world does not revolve around them? If you have,...
By adminfp23 January 10, 2020

EDITORIAL- Slimming down

Just days after Joseph Estrada assumed the presidency in 1998, he had ordered all members of the Philippine National Police to lose...
By adminfp23 January 10, 2020

Honor and Jose Abad Santos

The book is HONOR: The Legacy of Jose Abad Santos. I have purposely chosen this as my first column for 2020. He is the most...
By adminfp23 January 5, 2020

EDITORIAL – Water security

Off-season Typhoon Ursula unleashed death and destruction in the Visayas but also brought heavy rains in Luzon, improving the water...
By adminfp23 January 5, 2020

Flashpoint

As the rest of the world celebrated the dawn of a new year, the US embassy in Baghdad was under siege from an angry crowd outside...
By adminfp23 January 4, 2020

Touchstones for writers

The Book That Changed My Life, subtitled “71 Remarkable Writers Celebrate the Books That Matter Most to Them” is the kind of...
By adminfp23 January 4, 2020

Make my day

In DOH’s Fireworks Related Injury Surveillance recording as of 6 a.m., Jan. 1, 2020, there were 164 cases. This figure was down 35...
By adminfp23 January 4, 2020

The story of our lives

It’s a fool’s game, but around this time of year, pundits the world over stake their reputations to predict what will happen in...
By adminfp23 January 4, 2020

Back to traffic

On New Year’s Day I had to take a detour from Roxas Boulevard to Quirino Avenue in Parañaque because traffic was moving at...
By adminfp23 January 3, 2020

Disgraceful conduct

Court employees should maintain moral uprightness and righteousness in their professional and private conduct to preserve the...
By adminfp23 January 3, 2020

Work your plan

As we enter 2020, many of us begin with resolutions that we hope to improve our way of life. Our hopes are directed to new things,...
By adminfp23 January 3, 2020

EDITORIAL- Safer celebration

More reports of firecracker-related injuries have been reported, raising the number of cases for the New Year revelry. The number,...
By adminfp23 January 3, 2020

Continuity

2019 saw broad-based protest movements in nearly every part of the world. In our neighborhood, the Hong Kong protests seem as...
By adminfp23 January 2, 2020

Online cheers

Of the New Year’s messages I read on the Internet, here are two that touched me to the core. The first is the speech by Queen...
By adminfp23 January 2, 2020

Fighting for our children

As I look towards the future, I find that I have found inspiration  for my first column of 2020 from the heroes of my generation....
By adminfp23 January 2, 2020

The European Green Deal

Do we, humans, want to continue living well and safely on this planet? Humanity faces an existential threat – the whole world is...
By adminfp23 January 2, 2020

EDITORIAL – Challenges

After the revelry, it’s time to buckle down to work. The past year presented new challenges that must be confronted in 2020. On...
By adminfp23 January 2, 2020

Optimistic

This could not have been a bad year. At the end of it, the SWS reports that 96% of Filipinos are optimistic about the future....
By adminfp23 January 1, 2020

New Year low and highs

The Year 2019 has left us with high and low moments. The year ends with sad news about non-cooperating countries on bolder...
By adminfp23 January 1, 2020

A new blank page

I can say with some certainty that 2019 was a challenging year for all at least for most everyone. The news was peppered with...
By adminfp23 January 1, 2020

Deathly targets in 2020

He may sound like a broken record but President Rodrigo Duterte knows what he’s talking about in repeatedly saying the illegal...
By adminfp23 January 1, 2020

EDITORIAL – Looking back

Tracking the results of a Pulse Asia poll, which showed 93 percent of Filipinos welcoming 2020 with hope rather than fear, a Social...
By adminfp23 January 1, 2020

Boracay revisited

Our “Eat, Drive and Pray” band of adventurers has finally made it to Boracay, and after spending several nights on the No. 1...
By adminfp23 January 1, 2020

2019 trends

Which events stood out in 2019? One development – unusual in my entire life – is the mushrooming of Philippine Offshore...
By adminfp23 January 1, 2020

New Year’s resolutions

All 43 mango trees in a family orchard in Palo, Leyte have been blown over by the recent typhoon. As the new year comes in thousands...
By adminfp23 December 27, 2019

Privacy issues

The day after Christmas is a slow shopping day. So I took the opportunity yesterday to buy some stuff that I failed to get during...
By adminfp23 December 27, 2019

Unbreakable traditions

Traditions are really hard to break. People cannot simply be stopped from doing what they have been accustomed to do over the years....
By adminfp23 December 27, 2019

Road trip discoveries

For the longest time my wife Karen and I have been meaning to do a road trip that starts from Pasig, goes south to Batangas, cross...
By adminfp23 December 27, 2019

It’s all about alignment

When the sun, moon and earth are aligned, a solar eclipse occurs. The whole idea of alignments is very interesting to me as life to...
By adminfp23 December 27, 2019

Builder

For the first time, a Filipino was included in the prestigious Bloomberg 50 – the top 50 individuals who helped shape 2019. The...
By adminfp23 December 26, 2019

Mary, woman of faith

All around the world, families’ festive celebrations of the birth of Jesus, have mothers on center stage, hugging tightly children...
By adminfp23 December 26, 2019

The ‘Road to A’ starts

In the spirit of Christmas, we do not wish matters that could only evoke unpleasantness that could mar this season of giving and...
By adminfp23 December 25, 2019

EDITORIAL – Season of hope

It’s the season of hope, and annual surveys consistently bear this out. In the December survey taken nationwide by pollster Pulse...
By adminfp23 December 25, 2019

For unto us…

For unto us a child is born...not always what we expected, not always what we hoped for, not always 100% a bundle of joy. Sometimes...
By adminfp23 December 25, 2019

Tracking Santa

When did you stop believing there’s a Santa Claus? That was when you left childhood. I can’t remember when I did. If you...
By adminfp23 December 25, 2019

EDITORIAL – Toxic wine

From May to December last year, the Food and Drug Administration recorded 21 people dying in Luzon after consuming lambanog or...
By adminfp23 December 24, 2019

Star light, star bright

It was nice seeing and meeting my bosses and colleagues during the Philippine STAR Christmas party held at the Palacio de Maynila...
By adminfp23 December 24, 2019

Humbug

What a cruel gift to our harried commuters. Just as finding rides become more difficult, the minor gods who rule over public...
By adminfp23 December 24, 2019

A thought for Christmas

En me hambre, mando yo. In my hunger I command. I came across this phrase way back when I was in college and reading about...
By adminfp23 December 23, 2019

EDITORIAL – A step backward

Since 2016, the release to mass media of the official asset statement of President Duterte has been largely routine. The President...
By adminfp23 December 23, 2019

What does ‘with’ mean?

Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” Emmanuel...
By adminfp23 December 22, 2019

Endgame

When President Duterte launched into that brutal rant against the water concessionaires, people assumed that he had a clear endgame...
By adminfp23 December 21, 2019

The merriest season

I came back from the Philippines last September and reveled at the sounds of Christmas songs already being played in radio stations,...
By adminfp23 December 21, 2019
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