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Moved by mom’s tearful plea, owner forgives photo thief

Mark Joseph Solis, center in Barong Tagalog, receives the prizes for winning the 'Smiles for the World' photo contest.   Screengrab from the video of Raymond C. Ordonez

Not the “words and articulations” from Mark Joseph Solis but his mother’s “simple and short” apologies that made Norwegian Gregory John Smith to have a change of heart and forgive the controversial photo thief.

Posted: September 28th, 2013 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »


Lightning in Diliman: UP post-Kristel

PHOTO courtesy of Wendell Capili

There’s a strong chance that lightning will strike in UP Diliman on Sunday. One hit UP Manila a week ago when students briefly held a protest during the commencement exercise.

Posted: April 28th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Rising beyond the sexes

Violence Against Women-In line of the gang rape of an Indian girl in a public  bus in india that sparked protests, Gabriella women's party launches One Billion Rising campaign, to address the worsening cases of violence against women and children throughout the world, which will culminate on February 14, 2013.  MARIANNE BERMUDEZ/ INQUIRER

Graduating student James Relativo admitted to not being good at dancing, and his female friend even made fun of him for it. Yet, he knew he had to join her and 50 other members of the University of the Philippines-Diliman community in dancing to the tune of One Billion Rising recently.

Posted: February 19th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »


On being a barbarian and the hazing death of Andrei Marcos


SAN FRANCISCO—I was a barbarian in college.   That’s how students who were not members of a fraternity were referred to at UP Diliman.   It’s an odd label, one that suggests that those of us who opted against joining a frat were ‘uncivilized.’   For, of course, the death of San Beda law student [...]

Posted: August 4th, 2012 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

Anwar Ibrahim urges Aquino to carry democracy torch


Hailing Philippine national hero Jose Rizal as “the greatest Malayan,” Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim urged President Benigno Aquino III to carry the torch of freedom passed on to him by the country’s heroes and his own parents, and lead the struggle against tyranny in the Southeast Asian region. “As a son of a father [...]

Posted: August 6th, 2011 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Anwar Ibrahim: Malaysia can learn from Manila

Anwar Ibrahim-Joseph Estrada

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Friday said his country could learn a thing or two from the Philippines’ experience under a dictatorship. Anwar, who traveled to Manila to speak at a forum on national hero Jose Rizal, said he was appealing to Malaysian authorities to respect the rule of law, to stop filing trumped-up [...]

Posted: August 6th, 2011 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »



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