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Mothers and son

Weekend was an escape from the compactness in the city to relish the freshness of the rustic surroundings of my hometown in Pulilan, Bulacan....

In search of heroes

Numerous researches and academic studies on heroes and heroism have resulted in a range of meanings for the word “hero.” As cited in Attributes and...

A year after my daughter’s death

I –Friday, Bloody, Friday — The week she died was ominous. I had a sudden attack of arthritis and I couldn’t move without help....

12 years later, revisiting Marcel

The years snap back to the past like a terribly stretched rubber band suddenly released to hit the wrist. It’s been 12 years, Marcel....

From Presidents to common folk: Tales from the piano

Whatever the pianists' individual differences in taste, grooming and temperament, no one can deny that in terms of international exposure, the Philippines has been...

Susan Roces: 80 years of a life & memories of a movie icon

A few hours before deadline, I am watching FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano where Susan Roces was known as Lola Flora, the barangay captain.  For close to...

Daddy, can you please buy me time?

Among the most iconic Filipino images of fathers are those showing our overseas Filipino workers coming home from, or leaving for, foreign shores to...

The Prince of Tagurabong

I lived in a big house with my widowed mother, a grandmother and an unmarried aunt. My mother, Sofia Villasin Peñaranda, was a schoolteacher....

Moves like Brocka

The Philippines Graphic shares with its readers the life, conviction, and passion of this much venerated, singularly gifted, and internationally-acclaimed film director whose best...

A gentle woman (our Yaya Taling)

“How did Taling end up in our household, Mommy?”  I have turned my curiosity during the pandemic to our family history and my question...

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