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Joanne Rae M. Ramirez
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Happy birthday, Daddy
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - July 17, 2018 - 12:00am
This is what lies on my father Frank Mayor’s epitaph on the starkly simple marble marker on his gravesite at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque.
US Ambassador Sung Kim: The quintessential diplomat
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - July 12, 2018 - 12:00am
Tall, handsome and charming, US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim has, unsurprisingly, grown quite popular in the social and diplomatic circles of Manila ever since he arrived in late 2016.
Swiss memories
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - July 5, 2018 - 12:00am
The highlight of my family’s recent Swiss vacation was a visit to its peaks — at one point being amongst 24 of them.
Swiss memories
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - July 3, 2018 - 12:00am
The very first stamp on my very first passport had the name of Switzerland on it.
When I was an ‘Iska’
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - June 28, 2018 - 12:00am
Once upon a time, my education was subsidized by the Filipino people.
A belated Father’s Day story
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - June 26, 2018 - 12:00am
“When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.” — Author unknown
Light is Might
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - June 19, 2018 - 12:00am
When Italian-born Sergio Boero was six years old, he lost his sight due to a debilitating virus.
Closing the ‘gap’ in PGH
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - June 14, 2018 - 12:00am
The yawning gap between rich and poor in the Philippines is felt most acutely in healthcare, where the latter feel the inequity of life. Philippine General Hospital, a teaching hospital where most of the country’s...
To have & to hold
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - June 12, 2018 - 12:00am
May forever.
Rhine & Shine
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - June 7, 2018 - 12:00am
No other river in the world has a greater concentration of castles or castle ruins on its banks than the Rhine River, especially on a stretch between the German city of Koblenz and the town of Bingen.
Rhine & Shine
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - June 5, 2018 - 12:00am
Everything’s fine on the Rhine.
Is real-life a circus?
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - May 31, 2018 - 12:00am
Not a regular movie-theater goer, I finally got to watch the 2017 musical The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman on a recent long-haul flight, long after friends and colleagues have raved over it.
Farewell, Ninong Ed
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - May 29, 2018 - 12:00am
It wouldn’t be a stretch to think that the late senator and former Senate President Edgardo J. Angara could have been the best President the country never had.
I felt like I was watching a Disney movie
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - May 24, 2018 - 12:00am
“There’s power in love. Don’t underestimate it. Don’t even oversentimentalize it. There’s power, power in love.” — Bishop Michael Curry
A giant of an adventure in Hobbiton
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - May 22, 2018 - 12:00am
We were told, upon landing in Auckland, New Zealand on a familiarization trip organized by Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Tourism New Zealand (TNZ), that we were stepping into the future.
Brainy, beautiful & down-to-earth
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - May 17, 2018 - 12:00am
An economics professor at the University of the Philippines before she joined government (first as a consultant at the Presidential Management Staff, then as Undersecretary at the Department of Agriculture), Bernadette...
More than just a memory
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - May 15, 2018 - 12:00am
After the unexpected death of her only daughter Sandy from a mosquito bite five years ago, lawyer Ma. Louella “Peaches” Martinez Aranas turned her grief into another child’s salvation.
More than just a memory
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - May 10, 2018 - 12:00am
This Sunday, Mother’s Day will be bittersweet for top lawyer Ma. Louella “Peaches” Martinez Aranas.
April showers
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - May 3, 2018 - 12:00am
Despite climate change, we can still count on April to bring in the first pitter-patter of rain; a cycle that ushers in springtime in the west and prods the blooming of flowers, in time for our Flores de Mayo festivities....
Joey Concepcion: ‘Shoot me in four years if…’
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - May 1, 2018 - 12:00am
Life in the Philippines will be better in four years or else...businessman Joey Concepcion is willing to take a bullet for his confident prediction.
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