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The fire next door


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I’m a survivor. The closest I’ve been in harm’s way was in a fire next door, the concrete wall between us providing no sense of security. It marked the first time for me to take a risk, in violation of a basic rule of survival dad taught me: Never, ever volunteer.

Posted: October 26th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Music and memories to make the heart young again


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THE ROCES uncles Peping, Pipo, Marcos; the author;Marcos’
granddaughter Genevieve; nieces Ninit, Tina

As soon as I’m relieved of the two gift boxes of ensemadas by the maid, I find my way into younger cousin Tina’s air-conditioned living room. It was like stepping into a nursery where twin toddlers, exhausted from play perhaps, have dropped into a morning nap.

Posted: October 19th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Diabetes? I’m not conceding yet


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“EXCUSE” ILLUSTRATION BY VERGELO. SANTOS

“I’m diabetic,” says Chona, refusing dessert. While I do admire her straightforwardness, I wonder why I myself couldn’t quite come to terms with my own condition. I know I’m close, possibly even on the verge, but like many people I know, I’m not conceding to a condition graver than borderline diabetes.

Posted: October 12th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

A roach is a roach


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ILLUSTRATION BY VOS

“When you see one cockroach, there are actually 300 of them that you don’t.” This has to be the most frightening thing I’ve ever heard.

Posted: October 5th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns | Read More »

The merry month of September


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LOLA and her eight
boys. Standing from
left: Alfredo, Jose,
Jesus, Joaquin,
Francisco,Marcos.
Seated from left:
Luis, Lola Enchay,
Alejandro

September is packed full of family memories.

Posted: September 28th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

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