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What matters most
by POR VIDA By Archie Modequillo - April 29, 2007 - 12:00am
In times of great physical distress, doctors can appear to be some kind of supernatural beings with the power to cure or lessen suffering. In truth, in spite of their highly polished medical skills, doctors...
A good way to meet girls
by POR VIDA By Archie Modequillo - April 22, 2007 - 12:00am
It has been a great mystery why brand-new fathers are very attractive to girls. I''ve recently found a probable explanation. But whether or not what''s true for me also works for the other guys, I don''t...
Quiet Time
by POR VIDA By Archie Modequillo - April 15, 2007 - 12:00am
On Maundy Thursday and Good Friday last week, a tigbakay (cockfight) was held in our neighborhood. The yells and cheers of excited bettors reverberated in the whole area, all the more noticeable because of...
Waiting for my own Easter
by POR VIDA By Archie Modequillo - April 8, 2007 - 12:00am
There was a point in the past when I stayed away from my parents for a very long time. When I finally came home, they had already aged quite a lot. If I were not their child, I probably would not recognize...
Life is not fair
by POR VIDA By Archie Modequillo - April 1, 2007 - 12:00am
When a hungry lion devours a harmless sheep, is it fair? It depends on one’s point of view. To the sheep, it’s...
Face The SUN
by POR VIDA By Archie Modequillo - March 25, 2007 - 12:00am
It's summer. Different people have different views of this time of the year. Some think of a long vacation, others of trips to other places. Yet on the whole, summer is synonymous with frolic and fun, and...
The future starts now
by POR VIDA By Archie Modequillo - March 18, 2007 - 12:00am
It's graduation time again. Thousands are finishing school this month, ready to add to the nation's available workforce. It's also an occasion that young graduates will find perfect for assessing the state...
Joys of a woman
by POR VIDA By Archie Modequillo - March 11, 2007 - 12:00am
We were all glad to know that the most popular love team back in our high school ended up with each other, and were hitting it big in the real-estate industry. Throughout the party, Eric talked about the...
What's the use of worrying?
by POR VIDA By Archie Modequillo - February 25, 2007 - 12:00am
Mankind's ability to think - to understand and speculate - gives him the greatest edge over all else in the animal kingdom. But such advantage does not come without a price. The power to figure out future...
The true Secret of Chinese Prosperity
by POR VIDA By Archie Modequillo - February 18, 2007 - 12:00am
Everywhere the Chinese are always a prominent sector of the community. They own the bigger businesses and most of the prime properties around. Some native Filipinos envy the economic prosperity of their slit-eyed...
The Truth About Love
by POR VIDA By Archie Modequillo - February 10, 2007 - 12:00am
In spite of all the facts that have been put forth about it, many people still fail to understand the true nature of love. The Hollywood myth about it prevails-physical beauty and poetic passion, two hearts...
A time in another world
by POR VIDA By Archie Modequillo - February 4, 2007 - 12:00am
Last Tuesday, I had to get up from bed hours earlier than my usual mid-morning wakeup time. "It better be worth this trouble!" I grumbled as I headed for the shower. The office was sending me on a go-see...
Ferdinand Magellan and the Santo Niño
by POR VIDA By Archie Modequillo - January 21, 2007 - 12:00am
We all know of the story of Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan and the image of the Santo Niño he brought to Cebu as a historical fact. What is not clear, however, is if it...
Dreamers, Thinkers, Visionaries
by POR VIDA By Archie Modequillo - January 14, 2007 - 12:00am
My friend's son Lee came home recently after almost 20 years abroad. Lee is now a top software-development executive at a leading U.S. computer company. It was interesting to see how the boy who was once...
Will it be our lucky year?
by POR VIDA By Archie Modequillo - January 7, 2007 - 12:00am
We had done all the good-luck rituals on New Year's Day: we wore polka-dot garments, set round-shaped fruits at the dining table, blasted fireworks etc. And so as we move into another year, our hearts overflow...
No Regrets
by POR VIDA By Archie Modequillo - December 31, 2006 - 12:00am
Another year is ending, and a new one is soon to begin. We are at a point when our hearts brim with hope and fear, with anticipation and apprehension. How the coming year will turn out to be, we can only,...
Sing a Christmas carol!
by POR VIDA By Archie Modequillo - December 24, 2006 - 12:00am
This Christmas I've discovered something wonderful: the great benefits of singing and how easy they are to reap. As neighborhood kids would come caroling at my door - which happens quite frequently -...
A Christmas Special: The boy who had no gift to bring
by POR VIDA By Archie Modequillo - December 17, 2006 - 12:00am
That Friday, many Decembers past, was the day of our exchanging of gifts, the day before our two-week Christmas break. Our teacher in fifth grade had told us earlier to each bring a gift worth at least twenty...
A Christmas Special: Do they know it's Christmas?
by POR VIDA By Archie Modequillo - December 10, 2006 - 12:00am
Late morning the other day, I was awakened by the loud sound of bells echoing in our neighborhood. I must have been in a middle of a nice dream then, because my automatic association of the sound was that...
A Light that never fades out
by POR VIDA By Archie Modequillo - December 3, 2006 - 12:00am
As a small child I had many beautiful plans for my parents, when I'd grow up. I wanted to build them a small wooden house up on a hill, just for the two of them. It would have a good view of the sea. There...
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