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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What and why APEC? (My version of APEC for Dummies)

My favourite coffee shop is the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL), not because of their coffee but because I absolutely adore their Banana Chocolate Muffin. It’s flakey on the outside and moist on the inside. You can really taste the banana goodness in it. I never really realised how perfect a pair banana and […]

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The Peso That Will Expire in 2016

If you’re a Filipino residing in the Philippines, I do hope you know by now that Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is retiring or “demonetizing” a set of Philippine peso bills starting 2016. If you know this already, then good for you. You can stop reading at this point and go back to whatever it […]

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Championing the cause for a rabies-free Philippines

I’m now in the last leg of the three-part session of the Communicating Health Advocacy Mentorship Program (CHAMP) conducted by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Being a huge animal lover, this was an opportunity I didn’t want to miss, even if February has been quite the most toxic month for me in terms of event schedules at […]

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Stop using LPG-refilled butane canisters!

Are you one of those who are using butane camping stoves? You know, those portable ones that are meant to be used during outdoor campings? Like this: These stoves are fast becoming popular in households across the region. It’s small and portable, easy to use, and cooking on it is a breeze. Plus it runs […]

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‘Turn sex tourists into ex-tourists’

Whenever I see on TV news reports of children abused by strangers or family members, I think of how hard it must be being a parent these days. Especially for parents who work and have to leave their kids with babysitters or other people, or when the children start going to school or get old […]

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Mega Cebu Candidates Forums: Issues, not debates

The 2013 mid-term elections have come and gone. Did your candidates win? Mine mostly didn’t. But then I wasn’t able to exercise my right to suffrage this year (unfortunately!) for valid reasons.  Voting in Dumaguete would have meant me missing our Hatol ng Bayan election coverage in Cebu. I’m still a registered voter in Dumaguete […]

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Silliman Hall: From New York to Dumaguete

Silliman Hall: A piece of New York City in Dumaguete

The picture above is the ground floor of Silliman Hall. This hall is the crown jewel of the oldest building in Silliman University built in 1904. And this is the closest I’ll get to touching a piece – or pieces – of New York City. According to university president Dr. Ben Malayang, the materials used […]

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