MANILA, Philippines —Last June was the saddest month I have experienced in a long while. Too many people I knew passed on. I attended four wakes. That was too much for me. I was not even able to attend all the wakes of all those I knew who died. The ages of the deceased were varied. They represented the young, the middle-aged, the aging and the very elderly. It seemed like people I knew were dying at a faster rate than usual the past month. It was brutal. My wife balked at attending all the wakes. She attended just one. Some of the wakes I went to seemed sadder than usual because some of the deaths occurred under sudden tragic circumstances. Death is always a shock even when we kind of expect it to happen. The biggest shocks are those that happen almost without warning. One day a person is alive and seemingly in the pink of health. The next day, he or she are gone from the earthly plane. While I was at the wakes, I tried to acutely observe everything that went on. I paid … [Read more...] about How I want to go
I cheated how can i forgive myself
How can we be more connected? Today, the Feast of Corpus Christi, Catholics thank God for the gift of the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. We believe that in the consecrated bread and wine, Jesus is truly there. When we receive the Body of Christ, it is indeed Jesus we are receiving. This may conjure up strange images that can make our heads turn and our stomachs churn. Eating someone’s body and drinking someone’s blood – isn’t this cannibalism? And how can this all happen with just a few simple gestures and words of hocus pocus? A bit of trivia: One possible origin of the phrase “hocus pocus” is that it comes from a mishearing of the Latin words used during consecration, “Hoc est enim corpus meum (This is my body).” To survive by consuming someone else’s body and blood is actually something we have all done whether we are Catholics or not. In the womb, how else does a baby get food and drink? … [Read more...] about How can we be more connected?
I was more surprised than most when Rappler said George and Amal Clooney were supporting Maria Ressa, even if it has to contradict the Hague decision. I was involved in the events which led Amal Clooney, then Amal Alammudin to defend GMA in the International Court of Human Rights. It is a separate story itself. As I told former president Arroyo now Speaker Arroyo, I was with her mother, Baria Alammudin, editor of Foreign Affairs of Al Hayat to deliver her laundry to her Knightsbridge flat when I met her. I was surprised because I was part of every move that led to the UNHR decision. Indeed Amal told me then that she wanted to know if the news was true. The Lebanese born lawyer said I should have the permission of the principal (GMA) and her lawyers, one of whom was Larry Gadon. I was granted permission and her lawyers talked to Amal about GMA’s case, she did not say anything at the time. I got a phone call from her many weeks after, and said she … [Read more...] about Who is lying?
‘Is being smart a criterion in my choice of a friend or a boyfriend? I think someone who is intellectual is good just because I like talking, I love to be intellectually stimulated...’ It takes a smart girl to endorse a product like Smart Signature. And who could be smarter than reigning Miss Universe Catriona Gray? “Catriona’s inspiring story and her disposition as the ultimate goal slayer makes her the perfect ambassador for Smart Signature, a new mobile experience that prioritizes customers,” says Oscar Reyes Jr., PLDT-Smart SVP and Consumer Business Market Development head. “Designed to cater to a new generation of goal slayers like Catriona, Smart Signature keeps up with the fast-paced digital lifestyle of our customers and empowers them as they tick off more milestones in their career or life.” Congrats!!! You are really very “Smart” for choosing Smart, right? What are the perks? “Thanks. The brand is synonymous with … [Read more...] about Can anybody be ‘Smart-er’ than Catriona?
By Heather Scoffield Economics Columnist Thu., May 9, 2019 In the small — but fun! — subset of mothers who like to toss around socio-economic data, there’s a graph that has been making the rounds over the past few months that sends panic through the crowd every time it pops up. It shows mothers’ earnings dropping off a cliff when they have children, and never fully recovering. And it’s in Denmark of all places, where policy makers are supposed to know how to fix all socio-economic problems. In Canada, there’s a shortage of conclusive analysis, but all the signs point in the same direction: the cost to mothers of having those little bundles of joy is significant, and it compounds over time. Obviously, when a mother gives birth, her wages sink like a stone because she usually takes maternity leave. By definition, wages are much lower. More importantly, what happens when she goes back to work? Initial research in Canada suggests … [Read more...] about How can we fix the motherhood-penalty problem?