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The Telltale Art of the Jeepney

“CONSIDER HONESTLY / this piece of storm / in our city’s entrails,” Gemino Abad’s famous “Jeepney” begins, inviting us to look at the familiar vehicle as we would a mirror. Described in the poem as an “incarnation of scrap,” but also a “genius of salvage,” the jeepney is proof of our knack for improvisation. It’s …

Historical Facts about the Philippine Independence Day

FILIPINOS celebrate Independence Day every 12th of June, but did you know that it was on July 4, 1946 that we originally obtained our freedom? President Diosdado Macapagal signed an executive order on May 17, 1962 that “moved” the Philippines’s Independence Day from July 4, 1946 to June 12, 1898. This was on the basis …

Flag-facts for every Filipino

MY FIRST distinct memories of the Philippine flag are as a pre-grader: 6 years old, in Kindergarten. There was a miniature one on my teacher’s desk, proudly standing next to a bobbing-head statue of St. Therese of Lisieux. I used to stare at that statue all the time; was endlessly fascinated by it. You dropped …

Safety Tips against Tornadoes

THE tornado that killed 24 people, injured 377, and damaged about 12,000 homes in Moore, Oklahoma on May 20 is “the most powerful of a spate of 76 twisters that touched down in 10 states from May 18 to May 20,” said disaster modeling company Eqecat. TV meteorologists also warned schools, neighborhoods, and businesses in …

Top Tips for Safe Travels

THE expectation of exploring lands far and near. The call of a half-packed duffel; ready to go at moment’s notice. A well-laid out itinerary; the labour of months of careful planning, saving.  The giddy excitement as departure date draws nigh; comparable more to pterodactyls than butterflies in your tummy. Travel , and its seamless pleasures …

What to give your mother on Mother’s day?

Have you already thought what to give your mother on her special day? While, it may seem overwhelming for you to please your mother, you would be surprised that your gift need not be expensive to show your love to the most special woman in your life. I conducted a random survey among family, friends …

Bird Watching, Anyone?

WATCHING BIRDS in the sky in full flight, their wings beating against the wind, their calls like musical notes in the air—it instills in us a sense of freedom. Bird-watchers attest to this experience. I’m glad to have become a bird-watcher myself, in just a few sessions. Aside from having a new hobby, bird-watching has …

Facial hair, cursed crumbs, pesky insects, and melatonin: the origins of Spring Cleaning

SPRING: in your step. In the air. That broken one in the mattress. Sunshine. Flowers. Solstice. Sandals. Pollen. Dust. Cleaning. Renewal. Rebirth. Awakening. Regeneration. Renovating. Soft pastels. Blush pinks. Grass greens. Fluffy-chick yellows. Squeaky clean whites: from cleaning. Spring is here, and so are its common associations. Cleaning, organizing, rearranging; spring cleaning: an obsessive-compulsive person’s …

Improving your Personality from Step 1 to Step 8

I first heard the words “personality development” in my first year in college; it was one of the general subjects I saw on my registration form. I was puzzled, at first. Should it be taught in school? Can we really improve our personality? I believed, back then, that if you were born shy or the …

A Twist on the Easter Egg Hunt

Children are just so fond of Easter Egg Hunt—it is a wonderful time to mingle with their friends and look for those colorful eggs in exchange of cool and exciting prizes. Today, it remains as a classic tradition that Christians live by. Interestingly, Easter Egg Hunt has nothing to do with Christianity; instead, it is …