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A Second Glimpse of Boracay After A Decade – The First Day!

Ten years ago, I organized a workshop together with other lead agencies  for certain government officials and staff held in Boracay Island, Philippines. The said workshop was all expenses paid, including first class accommodation and lodging, partly funded under a USAID grant for four days and three nights. It was specifically held at Club Panoly, an exclusive beach resort in the said island, about 15-minute tricycle drive from the island’s commercial center or the so-called “d’ mall” of the main long white beach, as popularly known today. Despite it being an official trip, the organizers reserved a half day tour … Continue reading A Second Glimpse of Boracay After A Decade – The First Day!

Bonding With “The Madz” – A Power House Group

(Feature Article) The world-renowned University of the Philippines (U.P.) Madrigal Singers (a.k.a “Madz” ) had a series of performances in the U.S. this year's fall season for about two months (September-October) that culminated two days ago in Queens, NYC, and after having two presentations in NYC (one in Manhattan and another in Bronx) and in New Jersey which were all jam packed with crowds of all kinds of people. I have known the Madz several years back in the entertainment field and since then I have so much admiration of their renditions of all kinds of songs. Every time Madz … Continue reading Bonding With “The Madz” – A Power House Group

Governments Opening Doors To The World: How open is “Open Government Partnership”

  The latest buzzword in town for some Governments begins with the word “Open”, such as Open Government, Open Data, Open Knowledge, Open Communications, Open Solutions and what have you! As a matter of fact, the World Bank website has started a new blog category called “Open Development” which serves as the Bank's monitor in the pursuit of openness and transparency on its various initiatives. Google's office in NY likewise also participated in this endeavor, hailing the “Power of Open” throughout the globe. However, we raise these questions: What is it to Open? With Whom? How Open Is It? How … Continue reading Governments Opening Doors To The World: How open is “Open Government Partnership”

“40 Years of Welcoming the Stranger” – A Universal Celebration

“Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me”, a famous verse as inscribed in the Holy Scriptures by St. Matthew concerning Jesus’ description of the Last Judgment. Jesus message was clear and pretty straightforward, He merely wanted to inform all of us through His disciples that those who have done good things (e.g. giving food to the hungry/drink to the thirsty, welcoming a stranger, clothing the naked, caring for the sick, visiting the imprisoned) here on earth shall be granted the blessings of heaven and have … Continue reading “40 Years of Welcoming the Stranger” – A Universal Celebration

About Me

A native from the Eastern part of the globe and currently in the West (USA), then East-West, East-West, East….and so on and so forth. A wanderer, so to speak! A reluctant traveler , (has avionophobia – fear of air travels) yet was able to withstand thru prayers and guts. Had the chance to visit places in Asia: like the Bangkok-Thailand, Hongkong, Hanoi-Vietnam, Taiwan-Taipei , Singapore, New Delhi, and other places in India , major cities (Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and other places) in Pakistan and the Philippines; Europe: such as Austria-Vienna, Rome-Italy, Frankfurt-Germany, and London, Stratford (Riveravon), Birmingham-England; Wellington … Continue reading About Me