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Love, marriage and liberation in the time of arthritis

HELEN Mirren and husband, director Taylor Hackford

I had to smile when I saw the joyful brouhaha made in the press over the marriage of 75-year-old lawyer King Rodrigo to 69-year-old actress Boots Anson-Roa. Similar goodwill and cheer met the press announcement of the engagement of actress Zsa Zsa Padilla and architect Conrad Onglao, both in their 50s. There was also much joy in the States last week when, after 15 years of widowhood, 57-year-old much-admired TV journalist Katie Couric married 51-year-old financier John Molner.

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

Remembering our pawnshop


Once, on my way to the house of Pipang Quema-de los Reyes in San Juan for our weekly mahjong (our brain workout) session, I noticed the presence of many pawnshops on the major streets of that town. The words “Bahay Sanglaan” were sufficient to push my memory way, way back.

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The choices we make are the ones that define us


This Sunday’s Gospel ends with a very familiar statement, “Many are invited, but few are chosen.” This was often told to us in our early years in the seminary, the grace of vocation, the call to the priesthood.

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Diabetes? I’m not conceding yet


“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.

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We love our family, warts and all


What is a dysfunctional family?

The textbook definition says: “It is a family in which conflict, misbehavior, and often child neglect or abuse on the part of individual parents occur continually and regularly, leading other members to accommodate such actions. Children sometimes grow up in such families with the understanding that such an arrangement is normal.”

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