Street Talk By GREG B. MACABENTA The U.S. will be undergoing some interesting times with the assumption to the presidency by Donald J. Trump. A legend in his own mind, Trump could well have written the dictionary definition of his surname: “Trump – To outrank or defeat someone or something, often in a highly public way… In the card game bridge, the trump card is the most powerful card in a particular round and defeats all the others — sort of like when your needs or ...

PerryScope By PERRY DIAZ President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte won the presidency hands down by 39% plurality and 16.6 million votes. His closest rival, Mar Roxas, got 23.4%, which is only 9.9 million votes. Not only did Duterte win the presidency, he also took control of the House of Representatives when a vast majority of congressmen from other parties – there were only three from Digong’s party – abandoned their parties and joined Digong’s party, the Partido Demokratiko...

Street Talk By: GREG B. MACABENTA The Miss Universe pageant which reels off in the Philippines this January and will culminate in the final selection of winners in Metro Manila on January 30 is much more than just a contest among the world’s most beautiful women. It is a tug-of-war between two starkly contrasting images of our beloved country. On one hand, there is the brewing picture of a “narco state” given to slaughtering anyone associated with drugs, whether drug...

By: Perry Diaz Since the early 15th century, before Spain took possession of an archipelago in what is now the Philippines, China had claimed the entire island of Luzon as her territory.  However, China’s presence in Luzon was limited to what is now the province of Pangasinan.  But now -- 592 years later -- recent events are raising the specter of Chinese colonization of the Philippines for the second time in history. In my article, “Who discovered the Philippines?” (Ap...

By: Greg B. Macabenta There’s this folk tale about a fowl named Chicken Little who spreads the news that the world is coming to an end. His paranoia is triggered by an acorn falling on his head. Panicking, he concludes that the sky is falling and quickly runs all over town to sound the alarm. Needless to say, a lot of folks – mostly dimwitted - take the news seriously. It looks like, a blogger who sports the byline Thinking Pinoy, is the social media version of Chicken Li...

By Elpidio R. Estioko Many teenagers and almost all students these days are engaged in computer games. They love playing these games with their friends even up to the wee hours in the morning. I remember my wife calling the attention of one of my kids to stop playing and go to sleep because it’s already late in the evening, but he needed another  3 to 4 times reminders to be able to stop playing. In fact, in my classroom, my students are in it and I have to keep reminding ...

By ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO We’ve been in the US for 18 years and yearly, my family and I welcome the New Year as Pinoys in America. Even as we attend dinner with friends and relatives, we make it a point that our family stay together during New Year’s Eve. For 2017, that’s exactly what we did following some traditions and superstitions to make the celebration more fun, enjoyable, and memorable making sure the new year will bring plenty of joys and blessings as we pen our hope o...

As I See It By ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO As the year ends, we are left with many things to do in punctuating our life’s activities for 2016 and preparing for the coming year 2017. I would say, let’s end the year with a positive note and look forward to 2017 as a year of hope! For positive events and developments in our life, let’s cherish them and let them shine to light our activities for the coming year. For our negative experiences, let’s not forget them but remember the...

As I See It By ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO Simbang Gabi (Night Mass) signals the cleansing process for Christians as they prepare themselves towards celebrating Christmas Eve. The nine-day series of masses give parishioners the time to know themselves, reflect on what they have done to their families and others, and what they will be doing as a true believer and follower of Jesus Christ. Christmas is a tradition worldwide! It is the time for people to rejoice, have fun, bond ...

PerryScope By PERRY DIAZ For President-elect Donald J. Trump, there is nothing wrong in calling Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to introduce himself or establish personal contacts, after all Trump would soon be the next leader of the Free World. A few words exchanged between the two leaders would probably have been within the bounds of diplomatic civility. But Trump, whose unorthodox ways and style have at times been viewed as uncivil and undiplomatic, had reporte...