To the class of 2023: ‘Infinite possibilities’ await you
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - June 6, 2023 - 12:00am
It’s graduation time for many universities here and abroad. Last year, 1.6 million students graduated from state-run higher education institutions in the Philippines.
Grab the Day
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - June 2, 2023 - 12:00am
As far back as he can remember, 34-year-old Greg Camacho has tried to seize, or shall we say, grab, the day, in order to make a difference in this world.
Former foreign secretary Alberto G. Romulo: ‘A National Treasure’
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - May 30, 2023 - 12:00am
There is always a first, even for one who has served the government since 1984, travelled the world, supped with kings and presidents, while keeping a sterling reputation, unsullied by time. For Alberto G. Romulo,...
Puey Quiñones: A ‘Golden’-berg moment
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - May 26, 2023 - 12:00am
The setting for designer Puey Quiñones’ fashion show, a comeback in more ways than two, was a mansion that, along with Puey, was making  grand entrance in decades (for Puey, after 23 years) —...
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story Madly in love
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - May 23, 2023 - 12:00am
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story is a love story like no other. It shows that two people madly in love can conquer all — discrimination, politics, clashing cultures, mental health issues, even a meddling...
Sen. Loren Legarda on Sally Perez: ‘A living replica of my mother’
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - May 16, 2023 - 12:00am
She is the OG “Tita of Manila.”
Ang Mommy ko
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - May 12, 2023 - 12:00am
When I was in grade school, the minute I alighted from the school bus, I would only ask for one thing: Ang Mommy ko?
Chary Mercado: Even without biological kids, she is a Mother like no other
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - May 9, 2023 - 12:00am
There’s this old saying that goes, the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.
King Charles III & his firsts
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - May 5, 2023 - 12:00am
For the first time in my life, I will be witnessing a true-to-life King’s coronation live, albeit electronically. Not on fairy-tale cartoon movies, not on Netflix, but on BBC.
Pinky Pe Tobiano: Painting the world Pink
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - May 2, 2023 - 12:00am
She’s the Filipino chemist whose homegrown testing lab Qualibet was sought by multinational Bureau Veritas of France.
DOTr Secretary Jaime J. Bautista: On course & on track
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - April 28, 2023 - 12:00am
The humility he exuded even when he was president of the country’s flag carrier and vice chairman of the University of the East still emanates from Transportation Secretary Jaime “Jimmy” J. Bautista,...
Former Vice Gov. Pedrito A. Reyes: The nice guy who finished first
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - April 25, 2023 - 12:00am
We all have heard about the proverbial “Nice guys finish last.”
Filipino charm in a Japanese village
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - April 18, 2023 - 12:00am
Last Thursday, as Metro Manila was drenched by rain, I walked into a shimmering Japanese village, complete with pine trees and pagodas.
‘We are Easter people’
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - April 14, 2023 - 12:00am
April 11, the first working day after Easter, was like New Year’s Day to me.
A PERTH-fect journey with PAL
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - April 11, 2023 - 12:00am
Flag carrier Philippine Airlines recently took us on a PERTH-fect journey to Perth in Western Australia where the destination, the journey and the people we journeyed with were a perfect cocktail. We arrived in early...
PAL’s AU-some flight to Perth: After Perth, Rome?
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - April 4, 2023 - 12:00am
With recovery “better than expected” after the pandemic that parked most planes around the globe, flag carrier Philippine Airlines launched recently the first non-stop flight from Manila to Perth and...
Auto-pivot mode
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - March 24, 2023 - 12:00am
It’s been three years since the lockdown was forced upon the world by COVID-19.
Dr. Bernadette Madrid and David Bradley: The couple that gave new life to thousands of rescued children
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - March 17, 2023 - 12:00am
It was unlikely that their paths would cross, but when they did, it ended up at the altar of child protection.
Winning the Raffle(s)
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - March 14, 2023 - 12:00am
One of the best things about the return to the “old” normal is returning to the Raffles-Fairmont Hotel in Makati, enjoying its cozy Writers’ Bar, its British colonial-themed Long Bar, its versatile...
Gentle hurricanes
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - March 10, 2023 - 12:00am
My late Dad Frank Mayor was the wind beneath my wings but it is my 84-year-old mother Sonia who enabled me to fly, simply by letting me know that if I could not soar to the treetops at first try —...
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