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‘Familia,’ a film cycle on family matters at Instituto Cervantes

A scene from “Tres Dias Con La Familia”. CONTRIBUTED  PHOTO/Instituto Cervantes de Manila

Instituto Cervantes, in cooperation with the Embassy of Spain and the Film Archives of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (Aecid), presents the film cycle “Familia”, a series of Spanish films to be shown during the Saturdays of November at the Instituto Cervantes theatre.

Posted: October 31st, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Boy or girl? Family with 12 sons awaits baby 13

The 12 Schwandt brothers pose for a photo in their home in Rockford, Michigan. Clockwise from bottom left are, Tyler, 21, holding Tucker, 2 days, Vinny, 10, Drew, 16, Zach, 17, Charlie, 3, Calvin, 8, Brandon, 14, Luke, 19 months, Gabe, 6, Wesley, 5 and Tommy, 11. AP

A western Michigan couple with 12 sons is expecting baby No. 13, and even though they’re sticking to their tradition of not finding out in advance whether they’re having a boy or girl, they said they’d be shocked if their streak is broken.

Posted: October 30th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

The fire next door


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 »

Her in-laws have overstayed their welcome

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My husband and I had been married for 12 years when his parents decided to live with us five years ago. I have nothing against them, but this arrangement is not comfortable at all.

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

Music and memories to make the heart young again

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 »