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 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 In 1914, more than a century ago, the German Army was advancing into French territory along a 27-mile stretch of land known as the “Western Front.” The French and the British armies were fiercely defending French territory in trenches along a 200-foot narrow strip called “No Man’s Land” that separates them from the Germans who were dug in on the other side. Firing at each other incessantly, they seemed to be oblivious of what was going on in thei...

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...

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...

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 ...

PerryScope By PERRY DIAZ Recently, Teodoro Daniel Misael V. Llamanzares has come to the limelight of Philippine politics. For “Neil” – that’s his moniker -- who had held a top secret job in the United States, he’d be expected to avoid publicity, let alone people spying into his background. That would certainly make him uneasy because his former employer, Scientific Applications International Corporation (SAIC), happens to be a spy outfit. SAIC has a symbiotic relationship...

Telltale Signs By: RODEL RODIS The affectionate Filipino term for a deportable alien in the U.S. is “TNT”, short for “Tago ng Tago” or always hiding. It also stands for “Takot na Takot” or very afraid. These two translations of the acronyms accurately describe their ever fearful state ever since President Trump’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents began rounding up TNTs from countries all over the world in the last two weeks. The February 13 New York Ti...

Dual Voice By FEDERICO A. ESPIRITU In my 62 years of lifetime, it was only last January 5 that I actually saw presidential tears and that rolled down from the President of the United States (POTUS) at that. I was not all lone witness but it evoked kindred thoughts as it happened before my eyes. Hundreds of millions of global televiewers peered on President Barack Obama shedding tears. The Oval Office resident must have reminisced the shattered flesh pierced by blazing bul...