Abril 9 – Araw ng Kagitingan

Ngayon, ika-9 ng Abril 2021, ginugunita ang ika-79 na anibersaryo ng Araw ng Kagitingan. Sa araw na ito, inaaalala ang pagbagsak ng Bataan sa kamay ng puwersang Hapones o “Fall of Bataan” noong 1942 at ang nakakagimbal na Bataan Death March kung saan maraming mga sundalong Pilipino at Amerikano ang namatay. Panahon ito ng ikalawang…

Philippines: Un Pays au Pluriel (A Country of a Thousand Faces), 1987

When I first found the French-English book Philippines: Un Pays au Pluriel (1987) from the bottom shelf of the Embassy library, it seemed like just any other book about the Philippines with pictures of nature, tribes wearing their traditional garments, and Filipinos wearing beautiful smiles. But when I read the description of the author Jean…

Dr. Jose P. Rizal Day 2020

On December 30, 2020, the Philippines celebrated Rizal Day, which commemorated the life and works of Dr. Jose P. Rizal. It is also the 124th year since Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines, was shot by a firing squad in Bagumbayan (present day Rizal Park) because of the charges against him for playing a…

Life Vignettes

There are moments when a certain episode in life crosses your mind for whatever reason, even when you’re not seriously thinking about it or even when there was no event on that particular day that connected to the previous experience. I would like to share some of these. I am not sure if it’s because…