The ‘New Normal’: How military reserve, police cope with COVID-19

When President Rodrigo Duterte called on the uniformed personnel to help strictly enforce the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), there was an uproar from the public, especially since the information came out first from a leaked memorandum, instructing “all personnel to prepare for strict implementation of extensive ECQ” or a “martial law-like” implementation. The public wasContinue reading “The ‘New Normal’: How military reserve, police cope with COVID-19”

A centenarian reveals secrets to his long life

Much has been said about how to live longer. But 99-year-old World War 2 (WW2) veteran and Bataan Death March survivor, captain Alberto Tuico Orillo, who will turn 100 years old on Feb. 17, 2019, only has two secrets: avoiding meat and smoking. “Our food before consists of nilagang pako (steamed fiddlehead fern) and laingContinue reading “A centenarian reveals secrets to his long life”

Abito Series: Former PMA cadet shares his journey to becoming a warrior of God

John Raven Bernarte or “Raven” (as he’s fondly called) always wanted to enter the seminary and become a priest. Born to a family who regularly attends Sunday masses, Raven shared that as a kid, he’s always in awe whenever he saw priests wearing cassock or stole, celebrating mass, proclaiming the Good News, and teaching layContinue reading “Abito Series: Former PMA cadet shares his journey to becoming a warrior of God”

How I ran my first 21K half marathon

I know. Running my first 21-km half marathon doesn’t make an expert on running. But at least I finally mustered all the guts to finally run one, my very first 21-km half marathon in my 36 years of existence. So allow me to share with you my experience at least for some people who haveContinue reading “How I ran my first 21K half marathon”

Major Marjorie Mukay: The pilot

Major Marjorie Mukay of the Philippine Air Force never thought she would become a pilot. Looking back, she wants to become a doctor, but destiny must have brought her to fly the C-130 Hercules instead, thus becoming the first-ever C-130 female pilot-in-command in the Philippines. Growing up in a typical middle class family in aContinue reading “Major Marjorie Mukay: The pilot”