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UMABOT sa 10 taon ang pagtratrabaho ni Jun Delos Reyes Domingo bilang seaman bago magdesisyong tumigil upang makapiling ang kanyang pamilya. Mahirap ang kanyang naging buhay sa barko dahil hindi naman kataasan ang posisyon. Nagsilbi siyang cadet at buson mula 1993 hanggang 2013 sa isang cargo vessel. Sa loob ng 10 taon sa barko, tiniis niya a...

22 hours ago
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“Why are you going to Egypt?” “Don’t go there! It’s not safe.” “Why don’t you just visit some other country instead?” These were just some of the reactions – skeptical at best, discouraging at worst – that I received when I told my family and friends that I would be travelling to Egypt. Those who know me well, however...

October 16, 2017
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MAY 2017: It’s a month to remember and the second Sunday was the day when Nanay Fe, 59, and from Cebu, was greeted with a ‘happy mother’s day’ and gifted with an early Pamaskong regalo when she comes home for good this Christmas. Naaalala pa niya ang sinabi ng anak na lalaki, “Nay, happy mother’s day. We love you. Pag-uwi mo ngayong ...

October 9, 2017
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HELPING the Mangyan tribe has been the mission’ of Mary Jane ‘Mjane’ Cahilig for three years now, bringing her joy and happiness. Mary Jane is 37 years old and a mother of two who hails from Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro (at Sitio Sawmill). Coming from Mindoro, she knows well the province’s indigenous people, saying “I love the M...

September 18, 2017
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“If it’s your birthday, they give you two chickens.” This was what a Coast Guard officer told me as we walked to the end of the 1,300-metre dirt airfield of Pag-asa island. At 37 hectares, Pag-asa is the biggest island controlled by the Philippines in the Spratlys. It is 480 kilometers west of Puerto Princesa or 34 hours away by boa...

August 14, 2017
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CONSUL-General Bernardita Catalla may have only stayed in Hong Kong for a little over three years, but with those three eventful years, it seemed like she has stayed here far longer than that. Catalla is set to leave Hong Kong soon to assume being the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (AEP) of the Republic of the Philippines to...

August 9, 2017
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MADRID is the capital of Spain. It is also the financial capital and cultural hub for much of Southern Europe. There is a lot to do, see, and taste in Madrid. And when Cathay Pacific announced that it was starting direct flights from Hong Kong to Madrid in September 2015, my wife and I decided that this was an adventure too good to pas...

July 13, 2017
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A mom's love is one of the purest things on earth and this could be gleaned from their wishes for Mother's Day.

May 12, 2017
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Have you ever wondered how heaven would look like if it really did exist? Would it be high above the clouds where angels sing to you endlessly? Or would it have a Sound of Music-esque scenery where you could run freely across the meadows and up and down the hills? We may have different notions of what heav...

April 21, 2017
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The gastronomic scene in Metro Manila is booming at an overwhelmingly fast rate. It seems there is a new must-try restaurant opening every month in every city, giving residents in the capital a wide array of choices to explore. You can try dishes from neighboring Asian countries to far away Europe without having to leave the urban jungle you call h...

April 18, 2017
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