“Pakikisama” and “Pakikialam” among Israel’s Prophets

Pakikisama is the Filipino trait of getting along with others. Smooth interpersonal relationships (SIR) is an important Filipino value, and pakikisama plays a large part in ensuring that. For example, we do not see the need to express our disagreement with others because this may disrupt our SIR with them. Instead, we simply try to put ourselves in … Continue reading “Pakikisama” and “Pakikialam” among Israel’s Prophets

A Father’s Yearning

The whole world will soon be celebrating Father’s Day. The usual jokes, memes and accolades will go around social media. Some of them will be funny, critical or inspiring. Because of this coronavirus pandemic, anticipate celebrations to be unique and creative. No customary neckties, lunch buffet, and family get-togethers. As for me, I expect to … Continue reading A Father’s Yearning

As a Matter of F.A.C.T.

Today is expected to be manic Monday. As hundreds of thousands of employees in Metro Manila go back to work, they must contend with a severe lack of public transportation. They should expect longer trips to and from their workplaces compared to pre-pandemic days because the only rides available would be the MRT-3 and buses operating … Continue reading As a Matter of F.A.C.T.

Flip the Switch

The government is slowly easing coronavirus-related restrictions in the country. Unbelievable, right? A significant flattening of the curve has not yet been achieved. Are we really ready to go back to our regular routines? Maybe not, but I want to quote a time-tested adage: “This, too, shall pass away.”  COVID-19 is not here to stay. … Continue reading Flip the Switch

Hard Reset Required?

A hard reset is a process of reverting a device back to its factory settings. All data you have stored including the apps you downloaded will be erased. You must do a hard reset before selling or giving away your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. That way, you restore the device to the state it was … Continue reading Hard Reset Required?

Growing old sucks!

That’s what my 94-year old friend, Dick, tells me every time he hosts me in his home in Mission Viejo, CA. I see him at least once a year, and in each passing year, I notice how his health is deteriorating fast. But I am not young myself. I’m beginning to feel my age. I … Continue reading Growing old sucks!

Begin with the end in mind

The second of Steven Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is "Start with the end in mind." If you haven't read the book, this habit focuses on knowing your purpose and what you are trying to achieve. This really makes sense when you're running a business or overseeing an organization. You need to define … Continue reading Begin with the end in mind

Does Your Truth Endure?

I recently had a conversation with a loved one who felt that it is arrogant for Christians to insist that there is only one way to heaven. He said that every person is entitled to his own truth. Indeed, there are many people who resist the idea of absolute truth.  In the words of Victoria Aveyard, … Continue reading Does Your Truth Endure?

Forgive and Forget?

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation No. 572 voiding the amnesty granted to then military rebel and now senator, Antonio Trillanes. Rodrigo subsequently ordered the arrest of Trillanes, giving instructions for the revival of the rebellion and coup d’état cases against the senator that were dismissed by the courts in 2011. This despite Proclamation No. 75 … Continue reading Forgive and Forget?