New York and Manny Pacquiao by Mav Gonzales

Manny Pacquiao smiled his way through hundreds of fans at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. It was nearly midnight in the middle of October and Pacman just arrived in Manila from his home in General Santos City. Security around him was tight, but he made sure to stop when other passengers and airport employees requested…

Children of the 90s: The Fallen Officers of Oplan Exodus

During the first People Power Revolution in EDSA, these six brave men pictured above were babies or simply biding their time inside the wombs of their mothers. Like me, they grew up in the 1990s — when songs from the Eraserheads ruled the radio airwaves and when brownout was rampant. Years ago, they were just children. And they were still young when…

Why Manila Is Better than London

My editor asked this question right after I went back to work: “Bakit umuwi ka pa? (Why would you want to return?)” The Executive Producer of a morning newscast asked me the same, with additional input: “Something is very wrong with you.” This was not the first time I heard these remarks. I have just returned from a two-week vacation…