Not a Lost March: A Tribute to ‘Corona’ Graduates

I heard the call of home from more than a thousand miles away. I went home to my alma mater, Sindangan National High School, to address its 2019 graduands. That was a year ago, but it remains one of the most meaningful journeys I have ever made. As I sat among school officials and dignitaries…

Bartolina

Paano nga ba masusumpungan ang kahulugan ng buhay sa bartolina ng mga dinding sa bahay? At paano kung ang pagkanaroon pa ng susunod na yugto ng buhay ay sinusukat tuwing makalawang linggo?

Coping with Mental Health Struggles During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Living with a mood disorder while in this time of uncertainty is very challenging. Aside from the nagging thoughts about COVID-19, we are well aware that if we leave ourselves unguarded, our quite fragile emotional and mental defenses can easily break down and drag us to a downward spiral. The first week into the enhanced…

Of Home, Hotel and Quarantine — Manila to Macau

Metro Manila was gearing for a lockdown, and I had yet to find a flight to Macau. For an overseas Filipino worker like me, time was ticking. With the impending threat of COVID-19, my travel to Macau and the ensuing quarantine were nothing short of an adventure. March 16, 2020. I was in my small…

Total Lockdown

Update: President Rodrigo Duterte enhanced the community quarantine into a total lockdown, fighting COVID-19 with more police and military visibility. It’s also the entire Luzon island now and not just Metro Manila. There is work suspension and only basic services can resume operations. But the restricted access resulted in more gatherings of people instead of…