Sunday, January 21, 2018

Coins, Coins, No More Confusing Coins?

Mr. & Ms. Vol. 20 No. 37, January 21, 1997
On the cover: Onemig Bondoc and Ciara Sotto

The Philippines has recently introduced new coins in circulation. This article, “Coins, Coins, No More Confusing Coins?” that I wrote 21 years ago may serve as a timely backgrounder. It was written during the time – post Cory Aquino regime – when to many different coins were in circulation, and when the buying value of the coins was at its worst. (SEE also “Collecting coins” in MOD (June 17, 1994)

“When a man is too lazy to repair his roof, it will leak, and the house will fall in. Feasting makes you happy and wine cheers you up, but you can’t have either without money.” – Ecclesiastes 10:18-19, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

12 Ways to Wake Up Refreshed in the Morning

Mr. & Ms. Vol. 27 No. 40, January 20, 2004
On the cover: Tom Cruise

Read the “12 Ways to Wake Up Refreshed in the Morning.”

“I go to bed and sleep in peace, because, LORD, only You keep me safe.” – Psalms 4:8, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Math-O'Logics: Simple Age Problems in Algebra

MOD Filipina Vol. 21 No. 907, January 20, 1989
On the cover: Olivia L. Diaz

In Math-O’Logics, solving “Simple Age Problems” in Algebra.

And to an activist-friend who was murdered during the Cory Aquino’s psedodemocratic regime, “To a Fallen Friend” – Lean Alejandro – a poem of tribute.

“I lie awake, and am like a sparrow alone on the housetop..... He shall regard the prayer of the destitute, and shall not despise their prayer.” – The Book of Psalms 102:7 & 17, Holy Bible, The New King James Version.

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Future: Prediction in the Field of Science

MOD Vol. 33 No. 1529, January 19, 2001
On the cover: Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

Written 17 years ago, the article welcoming 2001 and the predictions in the field of science.

“You don’t (even) know what your life tomorrow will be! You are like a puff of smoke, which appears for a moment and then disappears. What you should say is this: ‘If the LORD is willing, we will live and do this or that.’” – The Letter from James 4:14-15, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

After Holiday Suggestions (Yuletide of 1999)

Mr. & Ms. Vol. 23 No. 36, January 18, 2000
On the cover: Raymart Santiago and LJ Moreno

This article, “After Holiday Suggestions,” was written just after the Yuletide of 1999 and after the world passed through the “scare” of the so-called Millennium Bug.

“Look straight ahead with honest confidence; don’t hang your head in shame. Plan carefully what you do, and whatever you do will turn out right. Avoid evil and walk straight ahead. Don’t go one step off the right way.” – Proverbs 4:25-27, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Crossword Puzzles About Movies, Television & Celebrities

TV Star Guide January 2003 &  January 2006
On the covers: Leonardo Dicaprio and Tom Hanks (Left)
and Ellen DeGeneres with insets of Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul
and Ryan Seacrest (right).

 Two crosswords on movies, television and celebrities.

“I will praise You, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all the wonderful things You have done. I will sing with joy because of You. I will sing praise to you, Almighty GOD.” – Psalms 9:1-2, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Year of the Snake (2001)

Village Times Vol. 1 No. 15, January 16-31, 2001
On the headline: “The Year of the Snake”

I am also frequently assigned to write about the Chinese New Year. This time, it’s about the “prospects” in “The Year of the (Metal) Snake.”

“The Lord GOD said to the snake...., you will be cursed as no animal, tame or wild, will ever be. You will crawl on your stomach, and you will eat dust all the days of your life.” – Genesis 3:14, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Bigger Disasters Coming!

MOD Vol. 38 No. 1830, January 15, 2007
On the cover: Yeng Constantino

In the aftermath of Supertyphoon Reming, and before Supertyphoon Yolanda, I wrote this forecast – “After Typhoon Reming, Bigger Disasters Coming – in MOD January 15, 2007 issue.

“So this is what the Lord GOD says: ‘In My rage I shall unleash a stormwind; rain will come in torrents in My anger, hailstones in My fury, until all is destroyed.” – The Book of the Prophet Ezekiel 13:13, The Revised English Bible.

Sunday, January 14, 2018


Prime Weekly Editions Vol. 3 No. 2, January 14-21, 1988
On the cover: Rizza Errea
An assigned article simply titled “Diamond.” I have already written an earlier article, “Hard FactsAbout Diamond” for Chinatown East (September 8, 1982).

“Riches and honor are with me; yes, durable riches and righteousness.” – The Book of Proverbs 8:18, Holy Bible, King James Version.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Holiday Thought from Hollywood Greats

Woman Today Vol. 15 No. 39, January 13, 1999
On the cover: Jon Santos, Mitch Valdes and Nanette Inventor

Just some collected quotes - "Holiday Thoughts from Hollywood Greats."

“..... We must always aim at those things that bring peace and that help strengthen one another.” – Paul’s Letter to the Romans 14:19, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Coming Up Next: A Cloned Human Being?

MOD Vol. 33 No. 1528, January 12, 2001
On the cover: Assunta de Rossi

The advancement of science at the onset of the 21st century is extraordinary. The talks about cloning have circulated in the scientific community with the completion of the sequencing of the genome code. So, in this article – “Coming Up Next: A Cloned Human Being?” – I asked the question: “Would the completion of the first map of the human genetic code lead us to a better life or would this discovery ultimately destroy humanity?”

“Wisdom begins with respect for the LORD, and understanding begins with knowing the Holy One..... The wise person is rewarded by wisdom, but whoever makes fun of wisdom will suffer for it.” – Proverbs 9:10 and 12, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Gadgets of the Future

MOD Vol. 42 No. 1879, January-February 2011
On the cover: Stephanie Sol

What the future holds is now within reach.

“Don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will have its own worries. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:34, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Game Show-Down!

TV Star Guide Vol. 3 No. 25, January 2002
On the cover: Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz

It all started with the airing of Who Wants to be a Millionaire on IBC 13 on November 11, 2000, and soon afterwards the bandwagon of quiz and game shows dominated Philippine television.

“People learn from one another, just as iron sharpens iron.” Proverbs 27:17, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Let's Save Our Planet: Tree Spiking - The Last Stand to Protect Our Remaining Forests

Mr. & Ms. Vol. 19 No. 36, January 9, 1996
On the cover: Pierce Brosnan

For the Let’s Save Our Planet section of Mr. & Ms. January 9, 1996 issue, “Tree Spiking: The Last Stand to Protect Our Remaining Forests.” A complete version of this article titled “Tree Spiking:Dirty Trick or Justified Meanswas published in Savvy October 20, 1997 issue.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Roman B. Castillo: I Own Half of Luzon

Moneysaver Vol. 4 No. 1, January 1995
On the cover: The torotots (photo by Boy Pitoy)

This article – “I Own Half of Luzon” – is a shorter version of “The Man Who Owns the Philippines” published in Celebrity World (June 2, 1994).

“Remember My laws and rules, and obey them so that you will live safely in the land.  The land will give good crops to you, and you will eat as much as you want and live safely in the land.” – Leviticus 25:18-19, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.