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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 »

Now’s the time to enjoy the hoards


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I finally opened the last pack of three “Barely There” underwear I had bought in 2010 in the US; I didn’t really know what I had been saving them for, but I do remember how good they felt—smooth, weightless, snug.

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

Senior citizen wants to marry 17-year-old GF, but grownup offspring are opposed


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Nine years ago, my wife died of cancer. I was 51. During the nine-year period that I was a widower, 13 women came into my life and disappeared one by one. During the same period, my eldest son entered the seminary. In April this year, he was ordained.

Posted: September 22nd, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Relationship,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Taking care of me


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“A TOAST to me,” ILLUSTRATION BY VERGEL SANTOS

The time has come to “take care of me.” Financial guru Suze Orman used the phrase to set the focus of senior priorities, and I have to admit the idea feels strangely new, and rather daunting—definitely more daunting than all the care-giving I’ve been doing as mother to four children, grandmother to five grandchildren, and an only daughter to parents who lived to 85 and 91. In fact, it’s the last experience that has drawn me to the idea of taking care of me.

Posted: March 17th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Facebook and memories

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Before I wrote the first line of this article, I posted a cartoon of a writer using pen and paper and, below it, my comment: I am not writing “War and Peace” today. Only “War and Facebook” for Chit R.

Posted: December 9th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Poverty porn


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From time to time, National Artist Francisco Sionil Jose poses questions like, “What is wrong with us?” or “Why we are so shallow?” And one day I got bristling mad and told him, “Speak for yourself, Frankie!”

Posted: June 17th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Her friends warn that without sex, her husband will fool around


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My husband and I are both in our early 60s. We’ve been married almost 40 years now and have three professional and married children who have all left the nest.

Posted: June 10th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Relationship,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Send in the pros


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Trabajando como una negra. No offense to the blacks (indeed, I only have sympathy and great admiration for them, especially after reading Isabel Wilkinson’s monumental volume on their struggle, “The Warmth of Other Suns”), but that’s how Lola Enchay would have described my own domestic travails, anyway—trabajando como una negra, slaving like a black woman—since losing my help.

Posted: June 10th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Caught in between the hamburger war


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In the early ’80s, I had the exciting task to lead the fight for Jollibee against McDonald’s in the early stages of fast-food advertising war.

Posted: June 10th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Age before beautiful


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I am turning 82, and I thought I should be truthful and update my column head. My friend, Robert Alejandro, once thought it a good idea to open a Facebook or Fan Page or whatever you call it, for his old computer-illiterate friend. I haven’t stopped blaming him. Lately I even learned that one grandchild has been answering that Facebook for me! Dreadful!

Posted: May 27th, 2012 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Don’t text, touch

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I was a cocky 32-year-old creative director in advertising when I did an awful, anti-culture offense against my 80-year-old stepfather. I quit making mano po (the physical and oral gesture of respect for elders) in protest at his involvement in a silly and petty scam that is too embarrassing to mention here.

Posted: October 9th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

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