The Virtue of the Insuppressible Online Comment

It was in 2014, at the peak of the Virgin Islands General Election, when I received the worst trolling to a story I wrote — the worst, because it’s the last thing any journalist wants to hear. At the center of the article was the possibility of a gubernatorial runoff, which the controversial hand-count of the ballots…

Why We Shouldn’t Rush to the Next Tolkien Movie

Cover Photo: Ted Nasmith‘s “Tuor Reaches the Hidden City of Gondolin.” Nasmith is the official Tolkien illustrator. © Ted Nasmith, all rights reserved.   When the last installment of “The Hobbit,” Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s novel hit the theaters in December, fans of the Middle Earth movies turned their  eyes toward the third most popular material from the Tolkien…

In Haiyan Aftermath, Finding Hope on Facebook

     In honor of all the good that was done amid the horror of Super Typhoon Haiyan.        The deadliest storm in history hit the Philippines on the eve of my sister’s birthday. One year ago, Marian Abigail, who was turning 11, was chatting with my mother on her tablet, describing the crack of…

Down Memory Lane on ‘The Biring Express’

The Fales lived in Buntog, the part of Dumalag that lies in the path of the old railroad. Up until the early 1970s, under the Marcos regime, the “Burban” and the “Diesel” made stops there as they chugged across the Western Visayan provinces.

Uncle Benjie said he used to take the trains to nearby Passi to buy pineapples. The busy railroad infused Buntog with life and energy, my mother recalled, making it the most prosperous barangay in Dumalag.

Then the trains stopped running.

A Weekend in Old San Juan

    Puerto Rico stole my heart. However briefly, Jae and I were transported to a different world, and every minute that we spent there reminded us of it.     Old San Juan was a pleasant assault on the senses — the crisp, rapid Spanish erupting from its jovial people, the strong aroma of coffee…

Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge (www.ALSA.org)

  I was nominated by my friend and co-worker Garry Anthony back in August to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and I happily accepted. My dear father-in-law has been kicking ALS’s a** for years. It’s an honor to be able to do this for him, and for other fighting the battle. Go #TeamJerome! Here’s…