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By Bart Guingona
When I first worked with Daisy Hontiveros Avellana, she was all of 88. By then she had survived five heart attacks, was suffering from crippling arthritis, had seen the loss of a baby, her husband, and even of her house to fire. I was asked by her daughter Ivi Avellana-Cosio to join a staged reading of Ladislas Fodor’s “The Vigil” to be performed at Far Eastern University (FEU). We rehearsed in the garage of their Pasig home and she sat there, script on her lap with an impish grin puffing up her cheeks.
By Doris Pangilinan-Bohun
When God created man, one of His most durable creations must be Ambassador Bienvenido R. Tantoco Sr. “Tito Benny”—ambassador, businessman who brought quality goods to Filipinos (Rustan’s, SSI, Rustan’s Supermarkets, Starbucks), charity supporter, grandfather, uncle, father, etc.—invited his family and a few friends to an evening of delight to celebrate his 92nd birthday.
By Margie David Collins
As arrangements for Margaret Thatcher’s funeral on Wednesday are being made—with 2,300 guests including foreign dignitaries expected to attend the ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral—it has been confirmed that Her Majesty The Queen, with the Duke of Edinburgh, will lead mourners in honoring one of the towering figures of the political firmament of the 20th century.
By Bob Zozobrado
I had been reading the name “Lita Logarta” way before I finally got the privilege of meeting her in person, and by the time time that meeting took place, she had already added the extra “L” to her first name.
By Nancy Reyes-Lumen
When Noel Silverio died, he was dressed in his chef’s whites. I thought to myself, this is his noble way of leaving the planet in the suit of his culinary service. There ought to be a nice goodbye for such chefs.
Senen Araneta, another chef I knew, also passed away but I didn’t have the chance to pay my respects.
By Antonio C. Hila
Today. Feb. 11, is the birth centenary of Lucio D. San Pedro. Composer, professor and band conductor, he was born in Angono, Rizal, a century ago and proclaimed National Artist for Music in 1991.
Artist Jerusalino “Jerry” V. Araos passed away on Dec. 23. He was 68.
By Thelma Sioson San Juan
As Dr. Eleuterio “Teyet” Pascual is laid to rest Sunday, he leaves us precious memories of moments that were a mix of sadness and hilarity, of high society and show biz, of erudite talk and gossip.
By Ingrid Chua-Go
It was early Tuesday afternoon when I received a phone call from my mother. Art collector and jeweler Benjie Yap had informed her earlier that Teyet Pascual had passed away after a massive heart attack just that morning. I was in shock—and I am still not over it.
By Arlene Babst-Vokey
Lesson One from Professor Sonia P. Ner: “When you start on your journey towards your goal, be sure to enjoy the journey itself. Don’t focus only on your destination, only on getting what you want. Often enough in life, you might not achieve your goal or arrive at your dreamt-of destination. But if you enjoyed the journey, you already got something for your efforts. That may sound like ‘consuelo de bobo’ (consolation for the stupid), but it’s worse if you don’t enjoy the journey itself because then you get nothing but disappointment; you won’t have any consuelo. You’ll just be the bobo!”
Gut FeelBy Minyong Ordoñez
I dug up the bones of my father, Godofredo “Tatay Godong” Ordoñez, in 1998. Tatay Godong died in 1937, when I was still an infant, barely a year old. After 60 years, his grave was in a sorry, decrepit state and I decided to transfer his remains to a newly built mausoleum where my mother was buried.