On a warm day in this suburban home of Ernest Escaler, I feel a faint breeze from the sea. “It used to be cooler here, with the sea just next door where my siblings and I would swim almost every day when we were younger. Nearby, there used to be a resort owned by the Ilusorios. Reclamation changed all that,” Ernest sighs, leaning against his garden chair under lush trees, wearing his ubiquitous hat.? It is a good place to go nostalgic for this man of distinction and achievement who wears many hats — gentleman farmer, businessman, sportsman, art and culture stalwart, film producer, church activist — who just turned 70. Memories of people who have come and gone in his storied life include the Forbes and Kennedy families. “While in New York, I would spend weekends at a friend’s estate in Far Hills, New Jersey where Jackie Kennedy and her kids would come to fox hunt. Sometimes I would babysit their kids, including John Kennedy, … [Read more...] about The Urban Paradise of Ernest Escaler
A piece of paradise
MANILA - Andi Eigenmann has been living in Siargao for a while now and she wanted to showcase the beauty of the island even while doing a maternity shoot. On Instagram, the actress posted the latest set of her maternity shots where she showed off her baby bump while wearing a two-piece bikini. “Hard to be pregnant under this scorching heat, but at my happiest nevertheless. Everyday my surroundings make me feel so blessed to be alive, so proud to be a mother who gets to raise her children in this paradise,” she wrote in the caption of one of her posts. Among those who joined her in the shoot were her firstborn Ellie and her surfer-boyfriend Philmar Alipayo. Last March, Eigenmann and Alipayo announced that they are having a baby girl. Eigenmann gave birth to Ellie in November 2011. Ellie is the actress' daughter with her former boyfriend, Jake Ejercito. … [Read more...] about News Andi Eigenmann heats up Siargao in maternity shoot
BY JEFF YONG WHAT started out as a zany idea in my recent piece (Fine way to make money on April 24) on a crowd-sourcing initiative to raise funds for the government and provide gainful employment for people at the same time, garnered much traction. I had suggested establishing a start-up with people taking pictures and showing proof of fellow humans who commit traffic transgressions, as our local authorities had not been able to get a grip on the matter. I had said that I could do it with the help of the public taking pictures and reporting offences to the authorities, who would then reward us. And if I were to have a new privatisation licence to do just that, we’d all be in business! Lo and behold, my idea prompted a great many responses. Many such as Dinagaran said they liked it, and would like to join my noble crusade. One unhappy Mrs C, living in Happy Gardens in the Jalan Kuchai Lama area of Kuala Lumpur, also wrote in to complain about non-civic-conscious people whose … [Read more...] about Discourteous roadblockers
By Anthony Morgan Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 “One of us goes in, and we all go through it …” — Drake, “Headlines” Incarceration is seldom a solo affair. It’s true that the individual person subjected to carceral control bears the brunt of the physical, emotional, psychological, social and financial costs of being forced to surrender their freedom to the state. However, this painful price isn’t paid by the incarcerated person alone: their friends, family members and others who care about them suffer their own sizeable share of loss, sadness, fear and frustration precipitated by their loved one’s incarceration. My family, that is my mom, my sister, Toni, and I, know this reality viscerally well. I have a younger brother, Theo (not his real name), who is currently serving a multi-year sentence in one of Ontario’s federal correctional institutions. This latest stint follows more than a decade of … [Read more...] about My brother’s in jail. Why does talking to him require hundreds of dollars a month and 1990s technology?
PINGLAN, India/SRINAGAR: Hundreds of Indian soldiers descended on the picturesque village of Pinglan, which is surrounded by south Kashmir's apple and apricot orchards, just before midnight on Feb 17.By the time they left 18 hours later, one civilian, three armed militants, and five members of the security forces were dead, a row of houses was reduced to rubble, an unexploded missile had been planted in a rice paddy, and more than 120 villagers had sought treatment for exposure to tear gas, alleged beatings, and in some cases mental trauma.Reuters spent two days in Pinglan, which has a population of about 6,400, about a month after the crackdown to piece together what happened during those hours.Interviews with more than 60 eyewitnesses indicate that soldiers forced at least four villagers to act as human shields. That meant sending them first into a building where armed militants might be hiding, often using a phone to take video that could be viewed by nearby soldiers.Human rights … [Read more...] about Deadly encounters: The night the Indian army arrived in a village in south Kashmir