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Earth Day musings


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REGINA “Ninit” Paterno and Gigi Carlos at the Arroceros Forest Park on a Saturday

After 25 years, Rio Tuba will have been all mined out. All efforts for its rehabilitation would have been exhausted. What’s an environmentalist doing in a mine, and coming away, if not necessarily converted, reasonably impressed?

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

No regrets


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“WAY to Go, Gloria!” ILLUSTRATION BY VOS

Having just turned 80, Gloria Steinem, the name and face of women’s liberation and feminism from the ’60s, is asked if she had any regrets. “Well,” she replies, “actually, it’s not so much what I would have done differently; it’s that I would have done it much faster.”

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Senior’s night out


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ILLUSTRATION BY VOS

Lately we’ve been finding ourselves, instead of in bed reading, out for some nocturnal enjoyment. One such spell started with an invitation from Ingrid Sala Santamaria for a concert of hers with the Manila Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Arturo Molina.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Why these seniors still attend their class reunions

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ASSUMPTION Class ’55: Mandy C. Torres, Cora B. Lopa, Chinggay D. Lagdameo, Myrna T. Sanchez, Bea B.Tan, Ana Olondriz

March, the month of graduations, is about the time we seniors—in age, that is—mark our own milestone alumni homecomings. And for our own diamond high school jubilee, my balikbayan classmates are busy preparing for a trip home.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Chaste love


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I was brought back to gentler times, leafing through the pages of Menchu Concepcion’s tribute to her husband, Ronnie, on his 80th birthday, three years ago. She had left a copy for me at the wake of the son of an old friend, a nephew of hers.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

What I want to be when I’m older


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“THIS is no costume party, this is for real!”

Presuming, of course, there’s time yet to be anything other than older, I do have some thoughts about what I’ll be then. They’re really not so much about becoming something or someone else as about going out in some style, with an image to be remembered by.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Never too old for a good fight


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ILLUSTRATION BY STEPH BRAVO

I thought I had seen it all. Oh, was I wrong! It all began when, over Vergel’s warnings and misgivings, I succumbed, yet again, to the lure of acquiring something on an easy installment plan.

Posted: March 16th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Growing up, growing old, making memories


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To Dad, making memories was as important as accumulating assets you could count on in old age. He certainly made some for himself, and maybe that’s why he was such a cheerful old man.

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Alarms going off in seniorhood


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Yes, tell me about it, Matthew. But if you mean I’m accountable for everything God-given, then I only hope I’m not too late in taking up this mission of retrieving, regrowing and preserving what I can.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Post-Valentine high


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“FULL MOON and Two Half-Empty King-Size Beds”

When things go right, they can be just too marvelous for words. Bumping into old friends Celia and Rene Barrientos (with their widower neighbor Dr. Clipper Lorenzo, another old friend) at the same Italian restaurant for Sunday breakfast was getting too regular to mean nothing. My husband Vergel has such a thing about “patterns revealed in nature”—about “everything being eventual,” as he had in fact mused about in this section only last Sunday—that I knew he would not let it go without finding some meaning to it.

Posted: February 23rd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

The high cost of living


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Too late, I’m told, at 74, to get medical insurance. I had thought so, imagining the conditions I’m bound to develop by then—“preexisting,” as they say.

Posted: February 16th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

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