May 2021 Tarot forecast all signs

May is springtime for us here. I remember the fire tree – which we call Calabllero that we had in our old house in Bulacan. For me, it was the most awesome tree in our neighborhood. May evokes the energy of new beginnings, of fun, of reunions. It is also because, during May, many towns … Read more

Astrological signs’ career, business mini-guide

Astrological signs' career and business snap guide

This pandemic has certainly created disruptions in our personal lives. It has altered our career plans. Everyone is anticipating that everything turns back to “normal” or at least to the next normal where we can go about our daily lives sans the mobility restrictions and finally execute our career and wealth plans. In this article, … Read more

Domestic abuse : Are we turning a blind eye to the elephant in the room?

Photo by houcinencibphotography

Today, we’re going to talk about an issue that is among my important advocacies – domestic abuse. Globally, 1 in every 3, or 35% of women have experienced either physical or sexual violence from their partners (married or not), according to data by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Although domestic abuse happens to all genders, … Read more

Pa-Siyam: a 9-Day Novena to Light the Way for the Dead

lighting the way for the dead

At this time of the pandemic, there have been countless families and individuals who have lost their loved ones, in an untimely manner, to Covid-19.  While others may have lost family members to natural causes or other illnesses but because of the lockdown, they are not able to mourn properly, or attend the wake to … Read more

Transformative experience with silenced thoughts

Transformative experience with silenced thoughts

I have cultivated a habit of meditating and I never thought it is really that easy and life-changing in that I have become balanced – well, I do have minor outbursts every now and then, especially when I start to get bogged down by tasks or some situational nonsense. When I was starting with meditation, … Read more

Time to reset: Finding the inner space

Time to reset: Finding the inner space

This new corona virus lock-down has awakened in us a dormant monster that is a product of globalization; of urbanization, industrialization and consumerism. This monster called “restlessness” takes either the direction of aim or aimlessness. Aim as a process unearths more monster underlings – defeatism, limitations, projections, and so on; while aimlessness is a journey … Read more

Snapshots from within the Walled City

Intramuros photo from Philippine History.Org

Flashback to two decades ago: When I was still working as a staff writer at a (now defunct) lifestyle magazine, my weekend R&R meant going to Intramuros, also referred to as the “walled city”, where acoustic musicians entertained a small crowd of amblers with the popular strains of Paolo Santos’s “Moonlight over Paris”, Jimmy Bondoc’s … Read more

(Little) history of Akustik music in the Philippines

Photo by Roudy Salameh from Pexels

A huge following of the Filipino Y-generation –the millennial generation that makes up the demographics of 1980 through the present –dedicate their weekends (and paydays) to trooping to bars for a sampling of music from the likes of Nyoy Volante, Paolo Santos, Jimmy Bondoc, DJ Alvaro, to name a few. These emerging breed of young … Read more