Help Yollie fight bone cancer

  “Sometimes we’re so busy trying to make everyone in our lives happy, we don’t realize that maybe it’s enough to make one person happy.” – Regina Brett I first met 58-year-old Yolanda “Yollie” Santos in 2009 when I was the chairman of the Lectors and Commentators’ Ministry in our parish. Back then, she was theContinue reading “Help Yollie fight bone cancer”

Why I decided to cook my own meals

My mom would always tell me, “If you want to eat good food, learn how to cook!” I never took that seriously. What for? She always cooks for us and when I started earning my own money, I can always call a fast-food chain and have my meal delivered right at my doorsteps if IContinue reading “Why I decided to cook my own meals”

‘Hope in a Bottle’ maker wins the Developmental Social Enterprise Awards 2017

GenerationHope, Inc., the social enterprise behind “Hope in a Bottle” purified bottled water, is the Grand Winner of this year’s Developmental Social Enterprise Awards (DSE Awards) presented by Isla Lipana & Co., the Philippine member firm of the PwC global network (PwC Philippines), and CSR thought leader Benita & Catalino Yap Foundation (BCY Foundation). OtherContinue reading “‘Hope in a Bottle’ maker wins the Developmental Social Enterprise Awards 2017”

Couple trouble?

Follow these tips from married people on how they handle stress in their relationships and keep the fire burning We all know that work stress can take a toll in anyone’s life, especially in married lives. Gone are the days when life was so simple. wives just stayed at home, took care of the kids;Continue reading “Couple trouble?”

Blue skies

My fascination with skydiving started when I worked at the Headquarters Philippine Army in 2003. Why not? You don’t get to see these people jumping off the helicopter every day and those skydivers only grace very special military ceremonies as the grand finale. After every exhibition, I would often find myself in awe as IContinue reading “Blue skies”

How to maintain a healthy state of mind

Mental health expert and psychiatrist Dr. Paul Lee of Manila Doctors Hospital and Philippine Children’s Medical Center offers practical strategies to maintain a healthy emotional and mental health to prevent depression from setting in. Prompt recognition and treatment of this mental state is also essential to prevent more serious complications. Major depression is the number fourContinue reading “How to maintain a healthy state of mind”

Discovering Bangkok

Much of what I know about Bangkok, Thailand, I learned from the internet, newspapers, magazines, and on television. To see it for myself, I went to Bangkok with my mother and a Filipina nurse  friend, Bonivie to celebrate my 33rd birthday in August 2013. It was drizzling when we arrived at the Suvarnabhumi airport thatContinue reading “Discovering Bangkok”

Parkinsonism, boxing linked

If there’s one boxer whom many people had thought to be the successor of Muhammad Ali, an American former professional boxer, it would have to be Filipino-boxer-turned-Senator Manny Pacquiao. Even Rasheda Ali, daughter of Ali, in an online source said that Pacquiao reminds her so much of his dad who’s known to be a philanthropistContinue reading “Parkinsonism, boxing linked”

The color of love

There’s something about interracial marriages or couples that fascinates us. The first few questions always go like: “How did the two of you meet? Where?” and “What’s it like to have a foreigner husband/wife?” According to history, thousands of interracial marriages between Americans and Filipinos have taken place since after the Spanish-American War. Although suchContinue reading “The color of love”

I have a confession to make

I know we’ve been friends for a long time now. Of all the stories I have told you, of all the things I wanted to say, this one’s the most difficult thing to say. Remember the first time you asked me if you courted me before if you stood a chance? I said NO. BecauseContinue reading “I have a confession to make”