What I Took With My Morning Coffee

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Brain Drain In The Health Care Department

Nurses are getting out of the Philippines for better pay. More and more students are enrolling in nursing schools in the hope that they too can leave the country. Even medical doctors are enrolling in nursing courses so that they can also have a better life abroad. As a result, our thirty-six... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

As Rains Pour Down And My Coffee Gets Cold

... I listen to my favorite AM program and about the things Corina and Ted say about what our lawmakers are doing. Here is a list of the things they discussed: the decision to take away the pork barrel is just a ploy. The "pork barrel" will disappear as a name; millions of money it signifies will... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Religions Against Terrorism

Cardinal Walter Kasper's address about the role of religions in disarming terrorism has been published by Zenit.ORG. Below is a highlighted version of the document. "To Disarm Terror -- A Role for Believers" Cardinal Kasper's Address at Milan Meeting MILAN, Italy, SEPT. 11, 2004 ( Zenit.org ).- Here... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 8, 2004

The Church Gets By With The Contributions Of The Poor

Reacting to the allegation that the Church is getting rich by avoiding government taxation, one bishop has countered by saying that the Church is not getting rich at all. As evidence, the bishop points to the fact that the contributions the faithful give during the eucharistic celebration is made... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 6, 2004

Union of Church and State?

While a lot of bloggers here are asking for a more rigid implementation of the separation of Church and State, some of our legislators want the exact opposite: strike out the clause in our constitutions that refer to the separation of Church and State. Their reason is quite clear: they would like... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 2, 2004

Anguished Hearts In Hongkong

A few days ago, we received news from a Filipino immigrant worker in Hongkong that the Philippine consulate there will now be closed on Sundays. This is in line with the Arroyo government's thrift-measures. It seems that those in charge of implementing budget cutbacks found it expedient to close its... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 30, 2004

Abu Sayyaf

The August 30 issue of Time Magazine has an article entitled "The Return of Abu Sayyaf" written by Simon Elegant (pp. 18-21). The blob reads: "A Philippine group that was once known for brutal kidnapping has graduated to genuine terror." As I read through the article, I felt uneasy. The author... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

20 Wealthiest Of Southeast Asia

I just found out that according to a recent survey, two of the twenty wealthiest men in Southeast Asia are Filipinos. And both have Chinese sounding names. One is a food and beverage mogul, while the other is the owner of a chain of malls and supermalls. I find it surprising that the more prominent... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Kindergarten For Filipinos

The plan to add Kindergarten to the elementary grades is doubtfully helpful. Instead of adding some more years to elementary schooling, GMA and Co. would like to transform Day Care Centers into Kindergarten schools. Her reason seems to be that children should start their schooling early. The problem... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Typhoons, Losing Presidential Candidates and Politicians In The Boudoir

Apart from the fact that our national basketball team once more showed itself to be a loser in the Asian circuit, there seems to be no end to the woes of Philippines My Philippines... Keana Reeves's (not related to Keanu Reeves) exposes about the womanizing of our government officials and their... Sign in to see full entry.

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