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Living fearlessly


Your mantra for the week: I bravely live my passion without fear or doubt. Man is faced with five basic fears, we are told: ill health; poverty; getting old; loss of love; and death. I believe that we can transcend these fears in our lives.

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

In God we trust, maybe, but not each other

Shown is the cash box at Dennis and Darlene Hess's farm stand Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Litiz, Pa. AP

Americans don’t trust each other anymore. We’re not talking about the loss of faith in big institutions such as the government, the church or Wall Street, which fluctuates with events. For four decades, a gut-level ingredient of democracy — trust in the other fellow — has been quietly draining away.

Posted: December 1st, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Poverty saps the brain – US-India study

India Child Tobacco Roller

From a shopping mall in New Jersey to the farm fields of India, experiments show that poverty saps people’s brainpower and may lower IQ by 13 points, scientists said Thursday.

Posted: August 30th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Group to train 100 fashion artisans to combat poverty

L-R Marianne Hontiveros, Katrina Legarda and Reese Fernandez-Ruiz with Rags2Riches artisans

About a hundred artisans from impoverished communities in the Philippines will be trained to create eco-ethical fashion and home accessories after AirAsia Foundation approved a US$13,275 grant to Manila-based social enterprise Rags2Riches Incorporated.

Posted: July 3rd, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

The face of poverty


POVERTY IS the worst and biggest curse of humanity today. Widespread. Systemic. Unsolved. Malignant. It is more evil than war.

Posted: March 31st, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Afghanistan’s growing number of child drug addicts

Two drug addicts sleep next to the Kabul River in Kabul on April 26, 2012.  AFP FILE PHOTO

They play badminton, kick a ball around and huddle over computer games just like normal children.

Posted: February 11th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Understanding the poor


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 »

An unlikely ballerina emerges from a Manila slum

In this photo taken Nov. 25 2012, Filipino slum dweller Jessa Balote, center, balances during a class at Ballet Manila at the Philippine capital.  AP PHOTO/AARON FAVILA

The ghetto called Aroma reeks of putrefying trash collected by its residents for recycling. Half-naked children with grimy faces play on muddy dirt roads lined by crumbling shanties of tarpaulin walls, cracked tin roofs and communal toilets.

Posted: December 27th, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Seoul slum life in the shadow of ‘Gangnam Style’


Shadowed by the high-rises of Seoul’s wealthiest Gangnam district, Kim Bok-Ja, 75, pulls her trolley of folded cardboard through a shanty town that sits uncomfortably in one of Asia’s most developed cities.

Posted: October 22nd, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Is it not too late to apologize?


When my 15-year-old daughter got pregnant by a boy from a very poor family in our town, we banished her to my cousin’s care in the province until she gave birth and finished her college another year. We couldn’t accept, or have anything to do with, the very low status of the boy’s family. His mother was a vegetable vendor who sold her produce on the market fringe that were almost rotten. The father was a part-time janitor in a local barber shop and his three siblings, though all students, studied in public schools. Our family had a name and a respectable business, and they were definitely not our equal.

Posted: July 1st, 2012 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Headlines,Relationship,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Philippines’ musicians sing their way out of poverty


On a mock-up stage in a Philippine music studio, single-mum Joanna Talibong is singing for her life.

Posted: June 24th, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »



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