The Enigmatic Poetess

The Enigmatic Poetess

Ever since I discovered this poem by Angela Manalang-Gloria, first published in The Philippines Herald Mid-Week Magazine in 1935, I’ve been deeply intrigued by how a woman poet of that generation – still new to the English language, presumably confined by the strict rules of behavior and morality of that era – could write such impassioned words about forbidden love.

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One Can Never Have Enough of Filipino Food

One Can Never Have Enough of Filipino Food

Elizabeth Ann Quirino's cookbooks are must-haves for novice and experienced cooks. 

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The Fine Points of Aging

The Fine Points of Aging

Yes, there’s a silver lining beneath your silver hair.

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Yes, Boracay

Yes, Boracay

I consider myself very lucky to have seen Boracay at its pristine state. In 1984, I was with friends seeking relaxation from a frenzied weekend in Kalibo for Ati-atihan, when we decided to drive over to the coast of Aklan (which I know now as Caticlan) and take a motorized banca to an island that shimmered like an emerald in the sun.

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Waking Up in the Philippines

Waking Up in the Philippines

How easy it is for one’s mind to revert back to how it was when the world was still unknowable and magical. How strange to still be bothered by childhood fears.

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The Joy of Delicadeza

The Joy of Delicadeza

The book is 7 x 5 inches small and a mere 133 pages, perfect for carrying in your purse for when you need to wiggle out of an awkward social encounter, or for slipping surreptitiously into another’s bag when that person needs an etiquette reminder.

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No Turkey for Thanksgiving

No Turkey for Thanksgiving

Give me a good book, tinolang manok and pancit anytime, with leche flan and turon on top, and I’m a happy camper.

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That Awful Four-Letter Word

That Awful Four-Letter Word

Hatred, after all, begets hatred and its weapon of destruction could easily turn in our direction. We, as people of faith, are better and bigger than that. 

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