Tag: Manila

[Commuter Diaries] In defense of the Colorum (Uber, Grab, UV Express)

[Commuter Diaries] In defense of the Colorum (Uber, Grab, UV Express)

If there’s one thing I can be proud in my time as a working girl, I can confidently state that I’m an expert now in commuting within Metro Manila. Can’t say if it’s something to be proud about, though. Commuting in Metro Manila is increasingly […]

So I learned an important lesson today…

So I learned an important lesson today…

Today, I was supposed to meet one of my favorite writers for the first time. I was fortunate to be invited in an academic round-table at a big university in Taft, Manila for his intimate discussion of Politics in Literature. But thanks to my poor […]

Jessie Lichauco: The heart of Santa Ana

Jessie Lichauco: The heart of Santa Ana

At one point, she struck up a conversation with one of her visitors. The girl, having been surprised to be singled out, shyly hides behind her male companion. Lola Jessie affectionately pats her arm in a gentle reprimand, then said, “What are you doing? You shouldn’t be hiding there. Don’t you ever hide behind a man!”

Reviving Intramuros (and our other heritage stuff)

Reviving Intramuros (and our other heritage stuff)

I’ve always been a big fan of colonial homes and old buildings. Maybe it’s the ‘lost’ Filipino identity in me, or I’m just being my overly sentimental self, but seeing colonial buildings turned to fashionable restaurants or boutiques, or preserved as residential homes in a […]

To the revolutionaries of today: ‘Never lose that vision’ (An EDSA People Power Reflection)

To the revolutionaries of today: ‘Never lose that vision’ (An EDSA People Power Reflection)

We’ve all come a long way from the dark regime of totalitarian and dictatorial sovereign (well, at least most of us. Hello North Korea), and now I guess it must be a global understanding that freedom is absolutely necessary for educating and nurturing an entire […]

Welcome to the Gates of Hell

Welcome to the Gates of Hell

“Abandon all hope ye who enter here”  – Canto III The Gate of Hell, Inferno   Quite recently, our great old capital, Manila, was reluctantly pushed in the limelight when bestselling author, Dan Brown (Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons) described Manila in his […]