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The greatest news in history ?>

The greatest news in history

History is filled with breakthroughs in various fronts of life–breakthroughs that served as really great news for mankind. Take the case of polio, a deadly diseases during the pre-war era. History shows hundreds of thousands of people got affected and/or killed by this disease, and among the many victims of this was then US president Franklin D. Roosevelt. But American medical researcher and virologist Jonas Salk developed the polio vaccine, which was made available by 1955. Over 60 years later,…

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The three pet cats I grew up with ?>

The three pet cats I grew up with

Beth, Tootsy and Mingming. These were 3 of the pet cats I grew up with. Beth and Tootsy were our pet cats when I was 4 years old. As a kid, I tried my best carrying these two cats when mama wasn’t looking (you see, I was not allowed to be near cats because of my allergy on cat fur when I was young). But most of the time, I end up getting scratched by our pets. Beth has a…

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So which team will gain control in Game 3: San Miguel or Ginebra? ?>

So which team will gain control in Game 3: San Miguel or Ginebra?

Having covered Barangay Ginebra and San Miguel Beer this season, the ongoing 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals easily pits the team with the “big heart” versus the team that’s been “toughened by adversity” the past 3 seasons. Ginebra has long been carrying the NSD (never say die) mantra from the olden days of former playing coach Robert Jaworski, while San Miguel Beer, aside from its talent-deep roster, has been dominant in the last 2 editions of the Philippine Cup led…

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Musings from a soon-to-be 41-year-old dad ?>

Musings from a soon-to-be 41-year-old dad

As I turn 41 in 4 months’ time, I realize that yes, I’m now facing a new season in my life. Just over the weekend, Ava and I took our 3 kids (Bea, 11, David 9 and Niquee turning 5) to Nasugbu, Batangas for a much, much needed getaway after my 2 boys (and my wife) got sick (having to adjust to the dust caused by a construction site just adjacent to our new house.) It seemed just a few…

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An inspiring night at D Cup Coffee Republic ?>

An inspiring night at D Cup Coffee Republic

It may seem like an accident at first, but my wife and I felt our first visit at the D Cup Coffee Republic at the Pioneer Street Market was heaven sent. First of all, we like coffee, not 3-in-1 but freshly brewed coffee. There’s something in the smooth, fragrant aroma of brewed coffee that gets my adrenaline pumping and juice flowing as I write and/or edit. Our late night date though opened for us a door of opportunity to make…

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No extra baggages this new year ?>

No extra baggages this new year

New year. 2017. Consider it a blank page. A fresh start. The brand new year is God’s way to give each us an opportunity to start all over again. But for us to fully appreciate “starting over again”, we also have to understand the power of and repentance and forgiveness. I’m reminded of 1 John 1:9 (the Message), which says, “On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be…

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A look back at what God has done in our lives this 2016 ?>

A look back at what God has done in our lives this 2016

As I write this last blog for 2016, I can’t help but look back with gratefulness to God for allowing me to see and experience tons of His goodness and faithfulness. When we started 2016, Ava and I were anxious in some way because it was a year we are transitioning David, our second child to big school. (David was homeschooled originally for his first 5 years).  We know that expenses will jack up and it’s what made us anxious….

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A letter from a PUP journalism that made my eyes “sweat” ?>

A letter from a PUP journalism that made my eyes “sweat”

Aside from letters and messages I receive from my wife, my kids and some of the closest people in my life, messages like the one I just posted below are what warms our hearts and yes, makes makes eyes “sweat”. Some people may see me as stoic, or maybe borderline “snobbish” (though may be it’s because I don’t see them wave their hand to me to say ‘hi’ when I don’t wear my eyeglass), but what fattens my heart are…

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Campus journalism and inspiring as a way of life ?>

Campus journalism and inspiring as a way of life

Speaking before over 50 journalism students from Polytechnic University of the Philippines reminded me a lot of how I started as a sportswriter. I actually shared to them how I struggled at the very beginning. And it had a lot to do with my lack of commitment to read books and newspapers. Since I had no input, naturally, there was no output when I applied as a V (Varsitarian) staffer at the University of Santo Tomas.