• Dalawang Klase ang OFW

    “Wow sosyal!” ito na ang reaksyon ng nakararami tuwing nalalamang ikaw ay isang OFW. Pero ano nga bang klaseng buhay meron ang isang OFW, o Overseas Filipino Worker? Para sa akin, mayroong dalawang mukha ang OFW: isang “Purdoy” (i.e. poor OFW) at sabihin na nating yung “Matinik”  (i.e. wise OFW ). Umpisahan ko sa “Purdoy” […]

    Rainelda Garcera 2 min read
  • Diploma Para sa Aming mga OFW

    Anak, mag-aral kang mabuti! Ito ang madalas marinig sa aming mga buhay abroad. Mga OFW na walang takot makipagsapalaran sa ibang bansa. Hindi biro mangamuhan sa ibang lahi. Walang tumbas ang pangungulila at mapalayo sa ating pamilya. Talagang, mahirap mamuhay sa ibang bansa nang mag- isa. Pero lahat nang pagtitiis at hirap na yun ay […]

    Rainelda Garcera 1 min read
  • Fond Memories of a Wonderful ‘Weed’ Called the Kulasiman

    “What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson My mother captivated us with stories of her childhood. It was when one centavo could buy her a big slice of watermelon or a handful of boiled sweet potato. But for us siblings, the favorites were the stories […]

    Aline Parrone 4 min read
  • ‘Home’ Is Where the Heart Is

    I hate to bring up the case of Marissa (not her real name). She was supposed to be the perfect “nanny” until the day her Chinese employer booted her out of their home. She recounted how her employer’s 17-year-old daughter even gave her a watch albeit an old one, and she had to change its […]

    Joel C. Paredes 5 min read
  • My Green Mango Theory and Other Thoughts

    I was “making sawsaw the bagoong” (krill paste) with a rare find of green mango at an Asian shop the other day, a Fijian I think, small and not very sour. In between bites, I caught my husband watching me with a funny look. I paused and asked myself why, indeed, do I love this […]

    Aline Parrone 2 min read
  • The Balete Tree in My Dining Room

    “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”  —Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad I took this dictum on how travel broadens the mind from one of my favourite journalists (Twain’s profession as well as being a well-loved novelist) one step further. I […]

    Divina Paredes 5 min read