Words of Wisdom for Turning 30

For my 30th birthday, allow me to share words of wisdom from family, friends and teachers. May you also find them helpful the same way I find relief, comfort and assurance when reminded of them.  1. Remember, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.  Misfortunes exhaust themselves. – Lolita Lutanco 2. We have to…

Roadkill / Paano Pumatay ng Aso

Editor’s Note: This is a work of fiction. Kapag nakakaramdam ako ng tuwa, may nangyayaring masama. Tatlong oras nang nakaupo si Arturo sa sasakyan, isang sedan na paminsan minsan umuungol kapag umaakyat ng highway, kasabay ng kalampag na parang mahinang tapik, Boss pahinga muna tayo. Pero walang pahinga ngayong araw. Nagmamadali para maabutan pa ang…

Online Harassment: Dawn of Justice

Editor’s Note: This is the sequel to Tricia’s article: The Best Defenses v Online Harassment I was attentively observing in the mirror what the guy was doing behind me. My mind raced to recall self-defense moves from Mr. Miyagi and Mr. Han of Karate Kid movies as I remembered a number of rape cases that…

Courageous Hands by Vonne Aquino

Makulay at mahiwaga ang mga bagay sa paningin ng mga bata. Ganito ko maisasalarawan ang pagkakaalala ko sa musmos kong kaisipan. Kaya naman kapag nakakakita ako ng mga bata, naiisip kong kay sarap bumalik sa mga panahong totoo pa si Santa Claus at nakakalipad ang mga usa. Kamakailan, naging istorya ko ang pag-uwi sa Pilipinas ng mga…

The Best Defenses v Online Harassment

It was the most uncalled-for comment I encountered on a Facebook post I uploaded on Monday, March 21, 2016. Worse, when I saw it, it had been there for an hour already. I cringed and felt so helpless and hurt knowing at the back of my mind that oftentimes when a woman gets disrespected and…

The Risks I Took to Be a Reporter

My hands were shaking as I handed my resignation letter to my bosses. My thoughts were all incoherent as I explained why I was leaving GMA News. The only rational thing I remember telling them: I was a millennial seeking to explore the bigger world outside the newsroom. My bosses were shocked because I didn’t…

From Disasters to Shelters

Two years ago, super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) made its third of six landfalls over the town of Daanbantayan in northern Cebu. That time, Felisa Amistoso and her family were still living in Sitio Samar in Barangay Agujo among fish pens and a creek, in a small, dilapidated shanty on a plot of land that was…

My (Almost) 10 Months Pregnancy by Lia Manalac del Castillo

It’s been more than 39 weeks and I’m still very pregnant. My good friend and fellow Mom Janeca, couldn’t be more right when she said that pregnancy is a test of patience and letting things happen as they are. Indeed, among other things, this whole journey of becoming a first time mom has been about…

Have to Go

I have now left a place I considered my second home for almost five years. A few weeks ago, I received a phone call informing me that I have been fired. I was no longer required to report for work the next day for the morning newscast, News to Go. A few days later, my contract with the afternoon newscast GMA…

Tambay Chronicles by Isay Reyes

Basta tambay, kadalasan, tamad na agad — walang ginagawa, walang magandang patutunguhan. Pero sa mga tulad kong naghahatid ng serbisyong totoo sa balita, isa ang pagtambay sa kailangan naming pag-aralan at paghandaan. Minsan ngarag kami at kailangang mabilisang makapagbato ng balita. Minsan naman, may ilang oras na kailangan naming maghintay at tumambay! Yung tipong nabasa mo na…