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Filipino victories in basketball and math


Gilas Pilipinas just wrapped up an incredible run at the Asian championship. They deserve all the praise they’ve received, despite not winning the gold.

Posted: August 12th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »


Why Filipino Americans say Pilipino, not Filipino

Members of the Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor cast of the San Francisco State University student group's Pilipino Cultural Night show in 1992. PHOTO/Elrik Jundis

There’s an interesting side note to the ‘Filipinas’ vs ‘Pilipinas’ controversy. A similar debate, this time over whether it should be ‘Filipino’ or ‘Pilipino,’ also erupted decades ago — in America.

Posted: July 17th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »


‘Little Manila is in the Heart’


Dawn Mabalon was a UCLA college student when she came across Carlos Bulosan’s ‘America is in the Heart.’

Posted: July 12th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »


Scars from Ampatuan, a writer’s insurmountable courage

Maria Alexandra Nichole, Ruschiel Faye Marie and Xhandi Glaze are the daughters of Rosell Morales, a staff member of the News Focus, who was among the 32 journalists killed in the Ampatuan Massacre. NUJP PHOTO

I remember looking forward to two events in 1999: the birth of my first child and meeting one of Southeast Asia’s greatest writers.

Posted: June 26th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »


Racism, memory and my Chinese lolo

Sy Sing Douy, aka Luis Pimentel

This Father’s Day, I’m honoring my grandfather. I never met him. He died two years before I was born.

Posted: June 15th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »


Salamin: A Filipino in America holds up a mirror

Salamin editor Third Paran with Ruben Nepales who is featured in the magazine's first issue. PHOTO/RICK GAVINO

In his wonderful essay collection, “Pinoy in America,’ Lorenzo Paran III pondered the typical dilemma of the expatriate Filipino.

Posted: June 6th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »


Before Dan Brown’s ‘gates of hell,’ the lustful Filipino rooster

photo sabong

Metro Manila Development Authority Chief Francis Tolentino is being ridiculed for writing a letter to Dan Brown, criticizing the bestselling author’s depiction of Manila in his novel, “Inferno,” as the “gates of hell.”

Posted: May 26th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »


To those who say Filipinos are stupid


Perhaps the stupidest reaction to the last Philippine elections came from people who concluded that, based on the outcome, Filipinos are really stupid.

Posted: May 20th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »


Of mothers and nurses

Isabel Pimentel

The importance of mothers in the world became clear to me one afternoon a few years ago when my son made a choice during a brief visit to the hospital.   I expected he would pick me. Instead, he picked his mother.   He just had a minor procedure and the doctor said the surgery [...]

Posted: May 11th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »


In Alex Padilla’s peace quest, a battle with extremes


Something Alex Padilla told me years ago makes it clear that he has the toughest job in government – but also the clearest sense of why that job is important.   “Two related truths I believe in on this matter are these,” he told me in a January 2011 email after he was named head [...]

Posted: May 5th, 2013 in Blogs | Read More »



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