verbal abuse

Verbal abuse: how far does it affect a child victim?


Verbal abuse is a specific type of emotional abuse. Most often, the aggression happens right at home. And victims are often not keen on reporting it because they think it’s the norm in their household. They rather keep the impact within themselves. What is verbal abuse? Verbal abuse, also known as name calling, exists in [...]

the urban boys

The Urban Boys: a book for all age groups


Book review The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses By K.N. Smith [I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review] The story of K.N. Smith’s 'The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses' is centered around five teenage friends. It is set in a remote location called Danville [...]

typhoon Yolanda

Typhoon Yolanda survivors stitch life back up again


Survivors of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) have started rebuilding their lives. With the help of concerned groups, they sew functional bags for livelihood. It may have been the worst blow that happened to their lives. But once again, Filipinos show the world how resilient they are! Survivors of super typhoon Yolanda that hit Eastern Visayas [...]

Courage: keeping Yolanda children survivors afloat


When you buy a Compassion bag, you give a multi-functional school bag to a typhoon child survivor. Survivors of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), which hit the Eastern Visayas part of the Philippines, are determined to get back on their feet again.  With the assistance of compatriots and leading bag makers in the country, they start [...]

Misa de Aguinaldo: what do you wish for?


Tomorrow, December 16, starts the official observance of Christmas season, which will last until the Epiphany, or during the commemoration of the Magi's visit to the Child Jesus. In the Philippines, the celebration commences with Misa de Aguinaldo or Simbang Gabi, a reverential nine-dawn Masses practiced by both the Roman Catholics and Aglipayans in deference to [...]

Impact of slander: what is your responsibility?


It is unfortunate how we could be so tactless at times, unleashing words that can hurt - or worse, destroy - other people. Religious, political, cultural, and social bigotry are often the issues why we tend to be biased against other groups that don't belong to our own.  The tragedy that happened in Bohol and Cebu [...]

After Yolanda: it’s time to rebuild


After the storm has gone, it's time to get back up again.  Life must go on.  The Filipino spirit of resiliency must work. November 8, 2013 is the day of horror for many Filipinos as super typhoon Yolanda (internationally known as Haiyan) ravaged through the Visayas region in central Philippines, leaving behind thousands dead, numerous wounded, [...]

Tubbataha Reef: what will become of this world heritage?


Poor leadership, planning, and series of errors led the US Navy Minesweeper USS Guardian to hit and damage 2,345.67 square meters of a protected Philippine reef on January 17, 2013.  Reports have it that both the Guardian’s leadership and its crew neglected protocol, warning systems, and visual cues.  They were also unable to reconcile the [...]

Lazi Convent: a national landmark on Siquijor Island


Siquijor Island may be a tiny place, but it is rich in natural wonders as well as in structures of historical and architectural value.  For one, it is home to the largest and oldest convent in Asia. The Lazi Convent on the southern edge of Siquijor island is recognized as one of the historical landmarks [...]

Bananacue: an all-time best selling street food


It’s merienda time! Time for bananacue! An all-time best selling street food in the Philippines, bananacue is made of deep fried banana coated in caramelized brown sugar.  It is usually skewered on bamboo stick when sold, for the convenience in handling and eating. It is not cooked on the skewer. Bananacue is a favorite mid-afternoon snack for many [...]