‘You only have one father’ One of the things I admired most about my father, Dr. Alberto Zialcita Romualdez Sr., is his honesty and candor. He was not the type to mince words, perhaps because his profession required him to be straightforward in dealing with patients, as prescribed in the Code of Medical Ethics. My father, who we fondly called “Pop,” met my mom at the University of Santo Tomas where she was a professor and eventually became the head of the Pathology Department. While there were seven of us (I was child No. 5 and since I was the youngest for nine years before my younger sibling was born, I was nicknamed “Babe”), only our eldest brother, the late Dr. Alberto “Quasi” Romualdez Jr., followed in our parents’ footsteps joining President Estrada’s Cabinet as Secretary of Health. Both my parents worked hard as doctors and made sure we received a good education. I was sent to the Ateneo for … [Read more...] about ‘You only have one father’
Honor thy father
As a relatively new father, I feel I don’t have much to contribute to the conversation. I feel terribly unqualified. I lack experience. My son was only born in late 2017. I also feel I have bad paternal instincts. I don’t know how to calm my one-year old son when he is crying. I don’t know how to hold his attention during teaching moments. I don’t know how to stop him from watching too many videos. I don’t know how to get him back on healthy food after treats from well meaning loved ones. I don’t know how to get him to quiet down in Sunday Church. The little guy has me helpless. Should I be celebrated as a father this year? More on fathers: My father died a few weeks back but I still haven't cried How to forgive the most important man in your life This former drug addict who attempted to kill his family now ministers tokhang surrenderees Kidlat Tahimik: the duwendes and contradictions of a National Artist My loving wife is quite supportive. She … [Read more...] about What does it mean to be a new father in 2019?
Last Sunday night I decided to write a Father’s Day article for this week. That may be the reason why I had the weirdest dream about my father. Here’s my dream: Papang is alive! He’s not his Jolly Pinong self but the thin weak Papang lying on bed, albeit still trying hard to crack his corny jokes. “How are you Pang?” I ask, to which he answers, “Ma-byuti! I’m fine thank me!” as he smiles showing off some toothless spaces in his mouth because he refuses to wear his dentures. I was so happy to see him alive again but I didn’t do anything different, no big celebrations, no crying, no big fuss. Then I realize that he’s going to die soon. Then he dies. Then he’s alive again. We go through the same kumustahan. I felt sad because I knew he was going to die again. So I talked to God and said, “Lord, thank you for thesetwo chances to see Papang alive again. ButI think it’s not fair for him to experience dying … [Read more...] about My Father’s Day Article
(The Philippine Star) - May 29, 2019 - 12:00am Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. — Matthew 6:1 I’ve always been impressed by the solemn, magnificent simplicity of the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. The carefully choreographed event is a moving tribute to soldiers whose names — and sacrifice — are “known but to God.” Equally moving are the private moments of steady pacing when the crowds are gone: back and forth, hour after hour, day by day, in even the worst weather. In September 2003, Hurricane Isabel was bearing down on Washington, DC, and the guards were told they could seek shelter during the worst of the storm. Surprising almost no one, the guards refused! They unselfishly stood their post to honor their fallen comrades even in the face of a … [Read more...] about Let honor meet honor
WASHINGTON: During his illustrious career, Tiger Woods has treated politics as he would a menacing sandtrap - avoiding it if at all possible.He has hit the links in bipartisan fashion, teeing off with Democrats Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and Republicans George H.W. Bush and Donald Trump.A black superstar in a white-dominated sport, Woods has also generally avoided commenting about race relations in the United States.But on Monday, Woods will find himself on the biggest political stage there is - the White House.And he will be the guest of honor of a president seen by many Americans as racially polarizing.Trump, an avid golfer and the owner of several golf courses, is to present the 43-year-old Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.Though the outspoken Republican has been engaged in a bitter feud with black NBA stars and American football players, he has never expressed anything but unbridled admiration for Woods.He spoke to Woods, … [Read more...] about Politics-shy Tiger Woods to be honored by Trump at White House