God does not work FOR us

Joining our Muslim “kababayans” reflecting at the eve of Eid ul-Adha was most relevant for me. If it was a test of faith for Ibrahim/Abraham to surrender a beloved son, whose birth came to him when he was more than 80 years old; For Filipinos, it’s been the most trying months for our country devasted […]

Why Noynoy Aquino has and does not have to be at every crisis site

In light of the earthquake that struck the province of Bohol, parts of Cebu, and other neighboring areas last October 15, 2013, President Benigno Simeon (BS) Aquino is reportedly going to visit the crisis sites today, October 16. The word going around is that a big motivator for him to visit the sites so soon […]

Faster than a speeding bullet – Noynoy Aquino to the rescue?

It’s been 8 hours or so since an earthquake struck Bohol, Cebu, and some other parts of the Visayas region in the Philippines. Netizens were quick to post pictures of the aftermath in social media, and news reports keep coming in regarding the extent of the damage wrought, and the number of lives lost in […]

Magnitude 7.2 Cebu earthquake: Is Metro Manila prepared for the next one?

Just when you think the Philippines can’t get any further “tests” from the “Almighty” on account of the appalling pork barrel thievery, chronic flooding, and yesterday’s hijacking of its capital city by a religious group, yet another Act of God hits. This time it is in the form of an earthquake devastating the Queen City […]

World of Hurt

By any measure, 2011 has been a superlatively rough year for Mankind. In just four months, Australia has suffered major flooding; New Zealand’s second-largest city was virtually flattened by an earthquake; Japan suffered the triple-header of the biggest earthquake in that country’s known history, a tsunami, and a serious nuclear emergency; and just this week, […]

Dear President Noynoy, being average is NOT being resilient

According to Philippine President Noynoy Aquino (PNoy), Filipinos’ resilience will see us through any crisis. Here’s what he had to say as reported in a Philstar.com news item: “Resilient? Yes, I believe so. I always try to look at every problem as an opportunity,” he told Palace reporters. “We have industries that could recover after […]

Focus on the future eludes Filipinos despite an abundance of lessons

In the past several weeks, many things have happened that rocked the globe and will likely have ramifications over the next six to 12 months that we can only begin to understand today. Consider that even so-called experts struggle to piece together a picture of what the world might look like in the mid-term under […]