I wasn’t sure I wanted to write this piece. But then Robin Williams’ suicide hit the news, and I was so saddened—not just because he was one of my favorite comedians, but also due to this thought: “Another one loses the battle.”
Ramon, Paulo and Josie are three of the 52 recent graduates of Escuela Taller (Escuela), the conservation and restoration workshop for underprivileged youth sponsored by the Spanish government; they finished 18 months of training on masonry, carpentry, painting, plumbing and electrical and metal works.
Driving along the SLEX Skyway in 2007, the Filipino relatives of hotelier Bruce Winton pointed to the hole in the ground along the future Newport City in Pasay and said, “They’re building a Marriott Hotel. Wouldn’t it be nice if you worked here some day?”