Opinion and Commentary

Lu: Upholding solo parents’ welfare

May 7, 2023, 9:01 pm

It was a fun-filled day when the Quezon City government held the 1st National Solo Parents Week on April 25, 2023. Elected city officials and members of civil society organizations attended the event at Sunken Garden at the Quezon City Hall grounds. In my capacity as representative of the business… Read More

Samonte: The Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital in Tala: Now and Then

May 4, 2023, 2:56 pm

On April 22, 2023, Manila Times columnist and noted book author, movie scriptwriter and director Mauro Gia Samonte (no direct relationship with this writer except for having the same family name and being a newfound Facebook friend) had a captivating write-up about the former Central Luzon… Read More

Lauengco: Politics I: Artificial intelligence and political campaigns

May 3, 2023, 10:04 am

“But in practical affairs, particularly in politics, men are needed who combine human experience and interest in human relations with a knowledge of science and technology.” – Max Born Recently, there have been some news and features items abroad that featured the growing impact of… Read More

Zaldarriaga: PLDT provider of fastest internet service in PH

May 2, 2023, 2:11 pm

In today’s digital age, access to a reliable and fast internet service has become a necessity. With the increasing reliance on technology, high-speed internet service is now considered an essential tool in nation-building as it can drive economic growth, promote education by enabling… Read More

Lu: Civil society organizations and good governance

April 28, 2023, 4:54 pm

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) cited in its Governance Brief several good governance outcomes that have been documented when civil society organizations (CSOs) worked with the government for good governance. It mentioned the following: increased state or institutional responsiveness, lowering… Read More

Samonte: Dizzying transformation of Novaliches from a barrio to a diocese

April 27, 2023, 8:36 pm

A diocese within two dioceses. This best describes the present and unique situation of the former town of Novaliches, now divided between the two neighboring cities of Quezon and Caloocan in northern Metro Manila. History shows that Novaliches was among the hundreds of municipalities created in… Read More

Lauengco: SIM card registration, alerts, mañana and operant conditioning

April 26, 2023, 12:31 pm

“Sometimes success is less about making good habits easy and more about making bad habits hard.” – James Clear Last Sunday, Globe users in the Philippines were jolted by emergency alerts sent to their phones reminding them to register their SIM cards before the deadline. The alert with its… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Greener future through One for Trees program of Meralco

April 25, 2023, 2:52 pm

The pressing environmental issues of global warming and climate change are no longer distant threats. Devastating consequences are already being felt around the world -- from rising temperatures and sea levels to more frequent and severe natural disasters. Therefore, the need to come up with… Read More

Cal: The guns of August (4th of 4 parts)

April 24, 2023, 9:49 pm

Another unforgettable experience I had as a journalist was when I covered the failed coup d’etat staged by rebel soldiers against the government of President Corazon C. Aquino on August 28, 1987, eighteen months after she assumed the presidency following a four-day People Power revolution that… Read More

Samonte: The 33 golden jubilarians of Filipino press: 1952-2002

April 20, 2023, 3:10 pm

What was the typical impression or observation by newspaper readers and the general public about the conduct or behavior of the immediate post-World War II Filipino journalists? I found the answer to that question while I was going over the varied articles in the Commemorative Book published by… Read More

Lauengco: Bar exams post mortem and musings

April 19, 2023, 11:42 am

“The bar exam does not define you” - Anonymous Last Friday, the 2022 Bar results were finally released much to the relief of many who took it. Like all those who came before them, the bar was the culmination of a long exhausting journey. Each and every one of the taker probably had their own… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Reinforcing public trust via MMDA single ticketing system

April 18, 2023, 3:32 pm

Having an effective transportation system is essential for any society's economic, social and cultural development. A reliable transportation system enables people to commute to work, access essential services and engage in social and cultural activities. Hence, it is closely linked to the… Read More

Cal: Air-to-ground firefight (3rd of 4 parts)

April 16, 2023, 5:52 pm

But the most horrifying experience in my brush with death was when the PAF helicopter we were riding, together with American journalist, Marc Lerner, correspondent of Washington Times based in Manila, engaged in an unexpected daring air-to-ground gun battle with communist rebels of the New… Read More

Samonte: The La Mesa Dam of yore in my memories

April 13, 2023, 4:33 pm

Whenever the dry season months of March, April and May is around, I am thinking about a part of my life over 50 years ago when I was still an assistant correspondent of the former Philippine News Service (PNS) covering the two parts of Novaliches belonging to Quezon City and Caloocan City. During… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Good news for Meralco customers as overall rates lower this month

April 12, 2023, 1:22 pm

The summer and dry season in the Philippines is unlike any other. Over the past few years, heat index has been reaching the dangerous levels of 42 to 51 degrees Celsius, where heat-related illnesses such as stroke and cramps are said to be probable. Last year, the Philippines registered a heat… Read More

Lauengco: Motivational rice and affective presence as a tool

April 12, 2023, 10:31 am

“I really want to be nice, but annoying people just won’t let me” – from coolfunnyquotes.com Because of all this commentary about motivational rice lately, I recently had a daydream of famous vloggers singing, “We don’t talk about that motivational speaker” a la “Encanto” the… Read More

Cal:  Scary peace talks right inside rebel territory (2nd of 4 parts)

April 9, 2023, 8:31 pm

The following year in April 1977, I was assigned to cover the opening of peace negotiations between the government and MNLF in a bid to find a just and lasting solution to the armed conflict in the southern Philippines.To show its sincerity, the government peace panel would go to MNLF areas where… Read More

Lauengco: Random Holy Week thoughts and memories

April 6, 2023, 10:37 am

“Unless there is a Good Friday to your life, there can be no Easter Sunday” – Ven. Fulton Sheen This week, we have our annual Holy Week non-working days plus one (aside from Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Black Saturday and Easter, we get Monday off, too). It is one of the longest Holy Week… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Conserve water

April 4, 2023, 1:30 pm

The month of March became an intense period to endure amid the extreme weather condition that was felt just a few days after the state weather bureau announced the official start of the warm and dry season. According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services… Read More

Cal: In the line of fire (1st of 2 parts)

April 2, 2023, 9:12 pm

As the defense reporter of the Philippines News Agency (PNA) for four decades, I had the rare privilege to go around the country countless times to cover news events, particularly at the height of the Moro insurgency war in Southern Philippines. I also covered the Visayas region during the ‘70s… Read More