They left on Mother’s Day

280 caregivers and nurses during the last briefing before they leave for Japan
They left on Mother’s Day – the Philippines’ first batch of caregivers and nurses sent to Japan under the Japan Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA). Most of them were young, and many were women in their 20s and 30s. Some are leaving behind young children, to be taken care of relatives or parents, while the nurses and caregivers take care of other people’s loved ones. Continue reading


Of customs and traditions

Good Friday procession in Malabon City, Metro Manila.
I went home today, to share with my son a part of my childhood: the customs and traditions in my 400-year-old plus city, a town so old it was mentioned by Rizal in his Noli Me Tangere. Continue reading

Scenes from a rally (12-12-08)

Judging from the size of the crowd that demonstrated against Charter Change on December 12, 2008, cha-cha will push through, if not this year, then next year. Continue reading

The courage to fail

“Some temptations are so great it takes great courage to yield to them,” Oscar Wilde once wrote. I remember it as I think of how much courage it takes to fail, and of the people I know who are trying, and sometimes failing, to make their dreams come true. Continue reading

US public lawyers in seven states refuse to take on more cases

Overloaded with cases, American lawyers are protesting that they cannot “ethically handle this many cases,” in this article from the New York Times. (click here to read the story).


I got married last June, and I didn’t even know it. Not that I had a choice — or that it would be forever. When I entered the UP College of Law, I signed up for the evening block, which has all of its classes either during weekends or in the evenings. It was meant for working students, who have to work during the day. Continue reading

…Ang Kwento ng mga Tao sa Bayang Walang Hope (3)

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