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October 2014




Lina Flor: A pioneer of the radio age in the Philippines

Lina Flor, born Carolina Flores-Trinidad, is best remembered for her writing. She became a household name during the age of radio for the drama known as Gulong ng Palad. But Lina Flor was so much more than that, she was a society columnist, bilingual fictionist, scriptwriter, biographer and lyricist. But the life of…


The horrific thought of returning home from the Philippines

  Over my time in the Philippines I’ve personally seen this 1,000 times, and sorry to say I’m probably being a bit light on the numbers. The act of “Reverse Culture Shock,” a formidable churning of one’s stomach as we think of returning back to the homeland, back to the…


Skipper of US Navy destroyer sacked after crashing into canoe

One week after it was reported that the US Navy destroyer USS Stethem had run over a small boat near Subic Bay, the ship’s skipper has been fired. Commander. John Bradford was relieved by his immediate superior “due to loss of confidence in Bradford’s ability to command,” according to a Task Force 70…





How to enjoy the stunning Banaue rice terraces on a budget

  The cheapest, but lengthy, way to reach the rice terraces is to take a bus out of Manila or Angeles City.  The first thing you should try to do is stay in Baguio City for a couple of nights. If staying in Baguio on a budget, there are plenty of…