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The sacrificial lamb


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If God had no say in the matter, people like Joseph Estrada, Juan Ponce-Enrile and Imelda Marcos would continue to defy aging and live on and on by the grace of the unborn lamb, whose freshly harvested heart is liquefied for the stem cells that will keep the human heart ticking until its owner says “when.” The same goes with the sacrificial lamb’s liver, intestines, etc., for the regeneration of their corresponding human organs.

Posted: February 17th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

One sweet Sunday


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One sure way to lure us out of the comforts of our castle, which is what home has become at the homestretch of our lives, is a call to lunch for a homecoming classmate.

Posted: February 10th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Debut of a ‘properly wedded wife’


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I’m glad no one had asked me what I planned to do with my life before I knew any better, or I’d have felt forced to give the question serious thought; I might have even drawn a roadmap to success and happiness. How ridiculous that would have been—to think one could actually plan one’s life! Indeed, looking back on every turning point in my long life, I don’t know how I could have planned it as it has gone. All I can say is I’m happy beyond expectation.

Posted: February 3rd, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Forever began yesterday


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“DOUBT the Ben Franklin LookWould Ever Catch on,” illustration by Vergel

“Ma’am kailan natin uumpisahan ang walang hanggan?” When do we begin forever? asks Greg, my hairdresser. Forever alludes to the once-started-never-ended treatment for hair loss using a minoxidil-based solution. That, everyone seems to agree, is the one, the only, the ultimate, desperate hope.

Posted: January 27th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Mad about movies


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THE IDEAL in prewar years, built by Pablo Antonio Sr.,National Artist for Architecture, himself an in-law

One of the best things about growing up Roces was having our own cinema, the Ideal, exclusive Philippine exhibitors of MGM (Metro Goldwyn Mayer) movies. Among the thrills it gave me and my cousins, aside from the obvious one of getting to watch movies for free, was meeting the likes of Charlton Heston, the epic star (“The Ten Commandments,” “Ben-Hur”), and the debonair Ricardo Montalban. They were friends and occasional house guests of uncle Marcos Vidal Roces, who himself rivaled them in looks.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Understanding the poor


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In this country it’s a crime to be poor,” Dad would say, and proceed to challenge anyone to find him one inmate who was not. “So, kiddo,” he would tell me, “you just have to avoid being poor— like a plague.”

Posted: January 13th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Loving Baguio


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Baguio and I are not what we used to be, God knows. We’re both showing evidence of progressive abuse and neglect—denudation, for one thing. And for one who has lived as long as I, it’s definitely no small consolation that Baguio, as I, if I may carry on with the comparison, has remained loved.

Posted: January 6th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Yes, there is a Santa Claus


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When is the right time to tell children the truth about Santa Claus? For my own children, the telling was provoked by a question from a daughter—an innocent question that elicited a guilty, if untimely, confession from a parent whose own enthusiasm for the whole charade had been on the wane.

Posted: December 30th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Tita Nising, our Queen of Desserts


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Her recipes will surely not disappear the way the legendary Food for the Gods of a dear departed friend did, never to be tasted again in its unrecorded original

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 in Columns,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

From the mouths of babes, in the eyes of love


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Well, it was bound to happen, sooner or later. My five-year-old granddaughter sleeps over most weekends in our small condominium for two where bedroom doors are never locked.

Posted: December 16th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Fear of China


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On Nov. 19, I was privileged to join my husband, Vergel, at the lecture of journalist-historian Martin Jacques for his book “When China Rules the World.”

Posted: December 9th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

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