On locker room talk

Photo from Gawker Media.com For more a month now, the phrase “locker room talk” is trending across social media no thanks to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump who used it as an excuse to justify his boorish remarks and behavior towards the women in an interview long ago....more

Fil-Am artist makes waves in the Carolinas

Edelweiss de Guzman with a sample of her handiwork The Filipino-American artist who has been drawing since she was three years old is making waves here in the Carolinas.An illustrator and a designer, Edelweiss De Guzman will be a featured artist at the Cabarrus County Arts Council starting this January 29....more

Special cards from special kids

Archiana poses with her cards It's a special kind of love they give every Christmas Day. They send cards they signed personally to people that matter to them in school as a way of showing their gratitude....more

Simbang Gabi at St. Thomas Aquinas Church on Dec. 11, Friday

It's all systems go for the Simbang Gabi (Midnight mass) on December 11, Friday at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.In her Facebook post Lota Mascarenas, one of the members of the St. Thomas Aquinas choir posted the last music practice session of the choir done in the presence of St. Thomas choir director Tom Savoy last Monday....more

Thanksgiving and the Filipino culture

David and Malou Lowery with their boysCHARLOTTE, North Carolina--A week ago we celebrated Thanksgiving here in the US. Thanksgiving is a harvest festival and an important public holiday that is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November....more

Charlotte dance troupe to perform tinikling in FACC gala night

 The Philippines' famed tinikling dance will be featured in the 28th Fil-American Community of the Carolinas (FACC) gala night next week....more

FACC to hold gala night on Nov. 14

The 2015 FACC officers with president Engr. Robert Escobal of Cebu City in the center and last year's president Dr. Malette Aquino-Oliveros second at right ...more

Remembering the dead on All Souls Day

 I HAVE a list of the dead so to speak. More specifically, I have the list of young and old people who are relatives, friends and acquaintances who went ahead to the Great Beyond....more

The stores of my youth

IN the early 60s, commerce and trade in Tagoloan town, Misamis Oriental in northern Mindanao, Philippines centered on three stores that I remember well.This was before going to Cagayan de Oro, the capital city of Misamis Oriental, became easier with the frequent jeepney trips. Back then, the city was left to the imagination of those who can't afford to go make those trips.Only those who had business going to Cagayan de Oro can make the trips which is why every provision is provided for by the sari-sari stores....more
The Sari-Sari Store is my favorite. A bag of coke, one band-aid, and a little bag of PeeWee's -- ...more