Great Rizal Collage Art by Jeff Huntington

Kudos to Fil-American artists Jeff Huntington for his beautiful Jose Rizal collage. Ironically — the best place to view this particular piece is on a eToday, a Russian website, where he is identified as a “45-year-old contemporary artist with a special recognizable style. Jeff loves Italian food and comfortable shoes …” You can see his

U.S. Embassy Staffers Ride the Pabebe Wave

As some of you know, I served at the U.S. Embassy in Manila from 1986-1989. Have to say I’m tickled to see the Embassy getting into the act and joining in the #AlDub fun. They posted this video of staffers doing pabebe waves and have gotten 210,000 shares on FB. Good for them. A little lightness

BBC Comes Out With a Long Article About the “AlDub Phenomenon”

More evidence that “AlDub” is making waves internationally — the venerable BBC has just published a lengthy article entitled: ‘AlDub’: A social media phenomenon about love and lip-synching Here’s what it says: It is a surreal and wildly popular show which has smashed global social media records. But few outside the Philippines have even heard

Beginnings — by Lorena Llevado Sellers

My father is a quiet, hard man whose main work for half a century has been to paddle out to sea in a small boat and catch blue marlin, sailfish, and other great and small fish. Even today, at eighty, he is lean and hard-muscled with clear eyes and an erect, proud posture. A few

AlDub Nation and the Spirit of Bayanihan

When I wrote What the World Should Learn From the AlDub Phenomenon I felt like I was talking to a community of people who have a great capacity for love, for empathy, and for goodnatured joy.  And then, as I’ve read the comments coming in, that feeling has been reinforced hundreds of times.  People who are moved to

Warriors of Samar

Warriors of Samar is also available via Amazon at this link — but as with Daughters of Samar, we decided to make it available to read online so if you go to Warriors of Samar, you can read it there. It’s the story of the Balangiga Encounter, told exactly as it happened,  and it attempts

What The World Can Learn from the AlDub Phenomenon

True confession time. I’ll admit it. I’ve just spent a joyous, kilig-filled weekend watching the inspired silliness (but is it really silly?) of the Filipino “AlDub” love team — Alden Richards and “Yaya Dub” Maine Mendoza — as they garnered a new Guiness World Record 41 million tweets, also filling a 55,000 seat stadium for ….

The Balangiga Massacre: 114 Years Ago Today

For Filipinos, the  Balangiga Massacre (or Uprising, or Encounter, take your pick) on September 28, 1901, was a heroic explosion of pent-up resentment; a repudiation of a hated foreign occupier, perhaps even an assertion of nationhood. In America, it was perceived as a shattering, out-of-the-blue assault on an unsuspecting U.S. Army unit that was “peacefully occupying” the port town

Fourth Installment of Frank Kresen’s Biography of John Stewart

Here is the next installment of Frank Kresen’s biography of John Stewart. John Stewart 4th Installment Ch 1 and previous installments if you missed them: Prelude: Flashback and Foreshadow Introduction: “On Becoming a Household Name” — or, “One Amp Short” Johnny They Hardly Knew Ye by Frank Kresen

Eviction Threat Looms For Homeless Haiyan Victims

by Ronald Reyes, Tacloban City, June 10:  Things are piling up, literally, inside the makeshift shelter of Jerico Dulosa, 44, a father of four children in Palo town, Leyte province. “Eighteen months have passed since Haiyan hit us, and we are still like this,” he told, referring to a powerful typhoon that struck the

Video Documentary on Typhoon Haiyan by Anthony Begonia

Three months after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, the destruction and relief struggles are no longer dominating headlines — but a filmmaker from Hawai’i is hoping to change that. “Bayanihan: The Spirit of Community” is a documentary film by Antony Begonia which is composed primarily of footage shot by the filmmaker when he went

Only 20% Of Cash Pledged to the Philippines After Yolanda Has Been Received — a Measly $12M

Can these numbers be real?  They don’t seem right.   If this is true it’s very, very disturbing. Rappler and other outlets are reporting that two months after Typhoon Yolanda (International Name Haiyan) ripped through the PHilippines, international promises of aid are failing to materialize, with only 21% of the cash that was promised actually

Eastern Samar Update From the Diocese of Borongan

UPDATE: DIOCESE OF BORONGAN & LAWAAN & nearby Parishes From Fr. Neil Gavan Tenefrancia LAWAAN: For installation at Lawaan Parish Rectory: ONE SET of ICOM RADIO TRANSCEIVER to facilitate communication along the “appendix” towns. (this includes Balangiga) Donation from the Mary Help of Christians National Shrine in Paranaque City through Fr. Chito Dimaranan. DIOCESE OF

Video: A Typhoon Ravaged Family Still Celebrates Christmas

by World Vision Philippines The Philippines has the longest Christmas celebration in the world. As early as September 1, you can hear Christmas songs over the radio. People start to put decorations in their houses, commercial and business establishments.  Everyone looks forward to the holiday, but children are the most excited. In the communities where