MANILA, Philippines — Being Christ-centered, standing up for the family and taking public service to heart are the traits that drive Senate President Vicente “Tito Sen” Sotto III and Quezon City Councilor and vice mayor-elect Gian Carlo Sotto. Tito Sen and his wife, former movie star Helen Gamboa, make sure to keep Christ at the center of their relationship. This has enabled them to keep their marriage intact despite their share of problems and challenges. The couple will mark their golden wedding anniversary on Sept. 22 this year. “First of all, hindi kami (we’re not) perfect,” Tito Sen tells STARweek. “But perhaps one of the reasons that we keep our family intact and quite happy is we put Christ in the center of our relationship, making us able to give and take.” He believes their faith has taken root in their children – Romina, Diorella Maria, Gian Carlo and Ciara. Gian, who has served three terms as Quezon City … [Read more...] about Tito and Gian Dotto: Father & Son Christ in The Center
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On a crisp morning last October, a few dozen students with wildly diverse backgrounds and expertise filed into the red-brick building of Harvard University’s Kennedy School. Three things united them: they were young, they wanted to do good and they were all staggeringly wealthy. The group was attending a joint course run by Harvard and the University of Zurich, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, called “Impact Investing for the Next Generation.” In this context, that generation means the heirs to some of capitalism’s greatest fortunes. Participants had to pass an interview before paying up to $12,000 for a week of classes in the U.S. and Switzerland, not including airfares and board. A more intensive related course costs $58,000. The program has barely been advertised since its founding in 2015 and word is spread through old-money networks and among European royalty. Alumni include Chung Kyungsun, grandson of Hyundai Group’s founder, and … [Read more...] about Harvard course helps rich millennials do good (and make money)
While there is still so much work to be done, YStyle celebrates Pride with the bold new faces of the LGBTQIA+ who discuss what Pride means to them, how it feels to shatter the mold and how they make it look so damn good. Every June, the word “Pride” takes on a whole new life as it wraps around the LGBTQIA+ community. But the idea of Pride is not one without its own set of complications, especially in a conservative, predominantly Catholic society like that of the Philippines. The currency of machismo seems to be stronger than ever, and the passing of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Equality Bill (SOGIE) is taking much more time than it should. LGBTQIA+ Pride, in this country, has definitely been a long and hard-won concept. While there is still much work ahead, strides are being made by the resilient and blossoming local community. The number of recognizable figures living their truths grows by the day, slowly permeating mainstream consciousness. … [Read more...] about Pride and No Prejudice
This is the time of year when thousands of graduates in our country march in commencement exercises. The graduates represent the product of the educational system. They symbolize the quality of the future yet to be experienced. Will it be bright? Jose Rizal has said, the youth are the hope of the motherland. In terms of the world, today’s graduates are the global hope for a better future for mankind. Quality of education. The diploma sums up the learning and capabilities that the graduate has acquired to deal with life’s many challenges. What is the cost of that education? A more relevant question is, what is the cost of quality education? For the nation, how can we improve the quality of education especially when public resources are used to provide and support it? Quality in this case means the ability of the educational system to produce graduates who acquire the capacities that enable them to solve life’s challenging problems. Parents send their children to … [Read more...] about Graduating class, 2019: National and global dimension
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?