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MAKAN A LA PINOY | Sinantolan ken ensalada a wombok

Daytoy inaramid ko itatta ket sabali gapu ta ready-made ti inusarko a buro a santol ken naapgad ti timplana. Isu a nagnayonak iti getta ti niog tapno sumam-it bassit ket mabalanse ti ramanna. Ingisak daytoy iti sibuyas, bawang, liempo ken sili a berde.

WEEKLY REFLECTION | Healing our land

“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” — 2 Chronicles 7:14

AS THE BAMBOOS SWAY | A whole week without Wi-Fi

I lost it. I mean my Wi-Fi connection. I lost it as soon as we reached the open sea on a boat from Batangas bound for Odiongan in Romblon. We anchored off the port at around 5:00 p.m. An hour later, right after a video message chat with a friend, I lost it. My handheld Globe Wi-Fi, just loaded with Php250.00, could no longer be reached by its mother transmitter.

AS THE BAMBOOS SWAY | Red scare vis-à-vis red tagging

Whether it is red scare or red tagging in the Philippines, they mean be afraid of communists. However, one of them is scarier for one who is being tagged. While to be scared means just that, be scared; to be tagged could virtually mean be sentenced to death not only as being red but also being a terrorist defined out of context of a real terrorist.


“If one of you wants to be great, you must be the servant of the rest; and if one of you wants to be first, you must be the slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served; he came to serve and to give his life to redeem many people.” – Mark 10:43-45

AS THE BAMBOOS SWAY | A grieving episode

On a bunk in a boat bound for Romblon, I woke up sobbing. At first, I didn’t really know why. When I closed my eyes again, the face of my late only brother, Ces, floated in my mind. He was smiling.