Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Why do supermarkets charge for plastic bags

When I complained about the removal of water stations where customers can have free water in SM Food Courts, another issue was raised by UP Professor Roland Simbulan about mall giant SM: plastic bags being sold in supermarkets. Simbulan said: “The SM Supermarkets have actually made more money out of the ban on the use […]

December 13, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Environment, General  No Comments

SM explains pullout of water stations in Food Courts

We got a letter from Mr. Steven T. Tan, senior vice president of SM Supermalls, in reply to our complaint about their discontinuation of providing free drinking water in their Food Courts both through water stations and concessionaires. We learned that “SM Cares,” a division of SM Foundation Inc. that handles the corporate social responsibility […]

December 7, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: General  No Comments

No free water in SM Food court gives a lie to ‘SM Cares’

“SM Cares” is supposedly the social conscience of SM, the mall giant. Its website says SM Cares, a division of SM Foundation Inc., is the group that handles the corporate social responsibility programs of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. It was launched in 2004 to organize the sustainability efforts into a comprehensive program that tackles a […]

December 5, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: General  No Comments

Antique’s pride proudly proclaim ‘Antiqueño Ako!’

Photos from Melvin de la Serna’s Facebook page Visayan short story writer Teodulfo A. Naranjo is turning 80 this year and he has one wish: to read more stories by Antique’s young writers. “Gusto ko magsulat ang mga bata para may mabasa ako (I want young people to write so there;s something I can read),” […]

November 4, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: General  No Comments

Norman Sison

I haven’t bid Norman goodbye properly and I feel bad about it. Norman is a very good writer and it was a privilege for VERA Files to have him as one of our writers. When young writers inquire about contributing feature stories for VERA Files, a group that publishes in- depth and feature stories, I […]

March 28, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: General, Vera Files  No Comments

Dominant thoughts re Edsa One: We wasted it

Edsa30 celebration has revived memories of that important event in our history as a freedom-loving people. From the recollections, one can glean a deep sense of disappointment, of our failure not to have used our regained freedom into building genuine democracy- wherein people would have the opportunities to pursue their dreams of a better life. […]

February 25, 2016   Posted in: Cory Aquino, General  12 Comments


It has been 30 years since that one shining moment in Philippine history when the people came together to put an end to tyranny. As Che Francisco, a colleague in Ang Pahayagang Malaya, remarked , “Parang kelan lang.” On this day, Feb. 24, we, in Malaya were covering the fast-changing events non-stop. I was sleeping […]

February 24, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: Cory Aquino, General, Military  12 Comments

Doble ‘gudtime’

At the Mercury Drugstore the other day, I overheard two senior citizens discussing about the President’s veto of the P2, 000 peso a month increase for members of the Social Security System. One was telling the other about the commentaries of DZMM’s Ted Failon which she fully agreed. “Bakit nila binigyan ang sarili nila ng […]

January 22, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: General, Governance  35 Comments

Grounding lessons

Second day of the year 2016, I was pulled to the ground – a much needed lesson, courtesy of a bus conductor. Last Saturday, I took a Ceres bus to Iloilo from our province in Antique to take my flight back to Manila. As I was gathering my baggage upon arriving at the bus terminal […]

January 5, 2016   Posted in: General, Travel  6 Comments

Sorry for the general statement about education in the provinces

I made a terrible mistake in my column last Monday. In my article on Ronald Gadayan, the NAIA janitor who returned to the owner a pouch he found while he was cleaning the departure area in September 2012 containing some P2.4 million cash and valuables, I wrote about his concern about his children’s education. Being […]

December 11, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: General  16 Comments