‘Eddie’ at 91: Still steady
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - March 21, 2019 - 12:00am
Fidel “Eddie” V. Ramos, the Philippines’ 12th president, turned 91 last Monday. In a greeting to her boss of 27 years, his executive assistant Mae Gaffud wrote: “Happy birthday, Boss! Here’s...
No chance encounters
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - March 19, 2019 - 12:00am
We have heard of the “Bantay Bata” Foundation, which not only trained the light on the reality of child abuse in the Philippines but also gave abused children a recourse: someone to turn to.
‘You can be anything’
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - March 14, 2019 - 12:00am
When most little girls outgrow their fondness for baby dolls, talking dolls and walking dolls, they dream of a Barbie Doll.
No chance encounters
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - March 12, 2019 - 12:00am
When I was checking in for a flight to Istanbul recently, a smartly dressed couple was on the same queue.
A new trip ‘round the sun
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - March 7, 2019 - 12:00am
Last Tuesday, I began a fresh orbit around the sun, and it excites me, because, with God’s grace, it means 365 new sunrises, 365 fresh starts, 365 additional chances to live right, to do good, and to savor...
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - March 5, 2019 - 12:00am
There is no other word to describe the sensation, after one beholds the 1.2-kilometer gorge of rose-colored ancient temples and tombs carved from sandstone mountains in this former lost city.
The ‘yes’ that changed the world
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - February 28, 2019 - 12:00am
It was in this hilly city where orange trees line cobblestoned roads, and houses stand on limestone terraces, that the “yes” that changed the world was uttered over 2,000 years ago.
A lady first
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - February 26, 2019 - 12:00am
To many, she is the most beautiful first lady the Philippines never had.
Chocnut, Zesto & a tipaklong in NY art show
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - February 19, 2019 - 12:00am
A Filipino “comes home” by clinching a spot at a prestigious art show in New York City this February with her illustrations of Chocnut, Zesto, a tipaklong, among others.
Love makes your heart melt like ensaymada
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - February 14, 2019 - 12:00am
Today, single mom Rina Silayan Go is going to wake up to a virtual garden of bouquets: from her good friend Tokie (who has been sending her flowers every Valentine’s Day for over 20 years now), and from her...
Valentine’s 101: Never give up on love
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - February 12, 2019 - 12:00am
After 15 years as a couple, Benjie Guevara and Deeday Concepcion — both with grownup daughters and settling into the lives of grandparents — decided to tie the knot.
‘Birds in Paradise’ let scholars fly high
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - February 7, 2019 - 12:00am
In 2004, some members of the Assumption San Lorenzo High School class ‘68 (ACSLV68), namely Jenny Paradies, Isabel Aspillera, Madlen Faustmann and Elsie Com, established a scholarship program to help economically...
Shan on the wings of love
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - February 5, 2019 - 12:00am
When former model Shan Dioquino-David greeted guests at Corporate International Travel & Tours Inc.’s (CITTI’s) 25th anniversary celebration at the Discovery Suites, she told them, “It is fitting...
Our guiding light still shines, 25 years later
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - January 31, 2019 - 12:00am
I remember the Sunday in the year 1981 when I first met her. It was the launching of the STAR! Monthly magazine in Club Filipino, and my schoolmate Marlu Villanueva convinced me to attend it because the new magazine’s...
Tatang built a hall for ‘iNay’
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - January 29, 2019 - 12:00am
“I never imagined attaining big success. Whatever I have achieved did not happen overnight; ever since my teen years I have devoted many, many years of my life to non-stop studying, diligent work, and dreaming...
If it ‘sparks joy,’ keep it
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - January 24, 2019 - 12:00am
January began with my domestic helpers taking a leave, my dishwasher conking out, my millennial driver getting sick for days, and my former trusted driver unable to pinch hit.
Create new happy memories & exercise!
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - January 22, 2019 - 12:00am
Last week’s death of a popular Filipino rock star who fell down a building in an apparent suicide — with the act streamed live — shocked and rocked many Filipinos anew, bringing to the fore once...
New year, new routes
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - January 17, 2019 - 12:00am
Three places rich in culture and history, replete with many exotic sights the East is renowned for, may now be reached by flying the “heart of the Filipino” as Philippine Airlines (PAL), the country’s...
Can’t let go of Christmas?
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - January 15, 2019 - 12:00am
The Christmas season officially ended last Sunday, according to Christian doctrine. However, it isn’t unlikely that Christmas trees and décor will linger on just a little bit longer.
More than an Aquino
by Joanne Rae M. Ramirez - January 10, 2019 - 12:00am
In politics, power and popularity are fickle.
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