This is my PIA: 30 for 30 

The agency I work for, Philippine Information Agency, will mark its 30th anniversary on December 24. On this day in 1986, then President Corazon C. Aquino signed Executive Order No. 100 creating PIA.  I am nine years older than PIA, and I have served this agency for about 18 years.  9, 18. That’s quite a […]

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Sharing is caring: Handouts on Writing


Part of what we do in our agency as government communicators is to help empower our partners in the localities in communicating public service messages. The public information officers (PIO) of the local government units are critical to our goal of an “enlightened citizenry empowered to make informed decisions.” The PIOs serve as the spokespersons […]

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Education as a weapon 


I delivered the Closing Remarks during the 15th General Membership Meeting of the Coalition for Better Education, a Cebu-based national NGO working on helping improve public education in the country.  This was the speech I wrote on my phone just minutes before I was scheduled to walk up onstage. I wish I can say that […]

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Salivating over The Suite Room’s Pan-Fried Salmon


I first discovered this wonderful dish via Foodpanda. My usual go-to’s when I’m in the mood for food delivery (and I’m sick of the food from the carinderia) are Hala Paella, Brique, and Ilaputi. That time I felt a hankering for salmon and decided to check out the menu of other restaurants. When I saw […]

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Watercolor Waterloo

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I once wanted to be an architect or a fashion illustrator. I used to love drawing houses, rooftops, and laying out rooms and sketching outfits. My Mom says that I doodled on the walls before I learned how to write. But then I fell in love with words, and arts took a backseat after that.  […]

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Thanks, Kuya J’s Restaurant 

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A friend and I found ourselves at Ayala mall at 11pm with no dinner yet. We walked over to that relatively new Korean bbq place at the Terraces that we’ve been eyeing for some time. However, after we flipped through their menu, we had to walk out and seek out another place.  Their prices were […]

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I’m probably the only woman who has Lego toys on her vanity table alongside makeup and perfume. A good friend who is now based in USA brought home a Lego gift for me. Knowing my love for Star Wars – and obsession with Yoda – he picked a piece from the Star Wars Lego collection. […]

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Violence against women in Cebu on the rise


Whenever I hear about women who are victims in domestic abuse cases, my initial reaction used to be to wonder why these women allowed themselves to become victims. Why don’t they fight back? If not physically – which is harder for obvious reasons – then legally, where they have a fighting chance. One violent incident, one punch, should be enough […]

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