Sunday, October 22, 2017

Upsilon Andromedae and the Many Strange New Worlds


MOD Vol. 32 No. 1465, October 22, 1999
On the front cover: Alanis Morissette
On the back cover: Maricel Soriano for the Green Cross Alcohol print ad.


MOD magazine is perhaps the only women’s magazine in the Philippines that published hardcore science articles like this. It even put my article, “Upsilon Andromedae and the Many Strange New Worlds” (pp. 10-11), on its Headliners section.





“You alone are the LORD; You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all things in it, the seas and all that is in them, and You preserved them all. The host of heaven worships You.” – The Book of Nehemiah 9:6, Holy Bible, The New King James Version.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Fiction: Memories from High School


Mr. & Ms. Vol. 5 No. 267, October 21, 1996
On the cover: Carmina Villaroel

A short story, “Memories from High School,” written similar to an actual account.




“Your lips cover me with kisses; your love is better than wine.” – Song of Songs 1:2, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Math-O'Logics: Three-Way Solution to a Simple Algebra Problem


MOD Filipina Vol. 21 No. 894, October 21, 1988
On the cover: Melissa Acacio Unemori


A simple Algebra problem solved in three different ways in this issue of Math-O’Logics.




“Listen carefully to wisdom; set your mind on understanding.” – Proverbs 2:2, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Tree Spiking: Dirty Trick or Justified Means


Savvy Vol. 3 No. 16, October 20, 1997
On the cover: Jaclyn Jose and Daughter Andie

I have written about “Tree Spiking” a couple of times, but it was Savvy magazine that published the entire contents.



“If you surround and attack a city for a long time, trying to capture it, do not destroy its trees with an ax. You can eat the fruit from the trees, but do not cut them down. These trees are not the enemy, so don’t make war against them.” – Deuteronomy 20:19, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.



Quiz for the Whiz: Asian Women Achievers


Chinatown East Vol. 1 No. 38, October 20, 1982
On the cover: President Ferdinand E. Marcos

An issue of the general information quiz section, Quiz for the Whiz, which I started in Chinatown East magazine when I was still in college. This issue pertained to Asian women achievers (NOTE: One of the few times I used the byline Erhnee Ang Lawagan) .




“Women must dress in becoming manner, modestly and soberly, not with eleborate hair-styles, not adorned with gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, as befits women who claim to be religious.” – The First Letter of Paul to Timothy 2:9-10, The Revised English Bible.

Friday, October 20, 2017

There's More to Kalabasa Than Meets the Eye


MOD Vol. 44 No. 1909, October 2013 (The Last Issue)
On the front cover: Anne Curtis
On the back cover: Sunshine Cruz for the Ever Bilena print ad


This article, “There’s more to Kalabasa Than Meets the Eye,” is filled with trivia and information about, what else, the kalabasa!




“The one who plants and the one who waters really do not matter. It is GOD who matters, because he makes the plant grow.” – Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 3:7, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.


Alam Mo Ba Ito? - Ang Balut at si Dolphy


Dalawang magkasunod na isyu ng People’s Balita
Taon 17 Blg. 168 & 169, October 18 & 19, 2010

Tampok sa dalawang magkasunod na isyu ng Alam Mo Ba Ito? ang Filipino delicacy na “Balut” at ang comedy king na si “Dolphy.”



“Lisanin ang kamangmangan upang kayo ay mabuhay,
          at ang landas ng  unawa ang tahakin at daanan.”
                   – Mga Kawikaan 9:6, Magandang Balita Biblia, Tagalog Popular Version

San Juanico Bridge.... is FallingDown!


Celebrity World Vol. 3 No. 167, October 17, 1994
On the cover: Kuh Ledesma

The San Juanico Bridge (also known as the Ferdinand Marcos Bridge) was the longest bridge in Southeast Asia at the time of its completion in 1972. It has an effective lifespan of 50 years if properly maintain. But after a change of administration, because of vindictive politics, maintenance of the bridge was abandoned.



“The memory of the righteous is blessed, but the name of the wicked will rot.” – The Book of Proverbs 10:7, Holy Bible, The New King James Version.

An Education on Philippine Endangered Species Part VII (Saving Our Marine Forest and Wildlife)


Celebrity World Vol. 4 No. 219, October 16, 1995
On the cover: Emily Artadi, Roselle Liceralde, Malu Rustia, Jewel May Lobaton & Jojo Creencia

Part VII of my 1995 Science and Technology Award-winning 9-part special feature “An Education on Philippine Endangered Species” subtitled “Saving Our Marine Forest and Wildlife.”

Part I – “ParadiseLost, Can it be Regained?” (September 4, 1995)
Part II – “Biodiversity in an Hourglass” (September 11)
Part III – “WhenTrees Fall to the Ground” (September 18)
Part IV – “Criesfrom the Wild” (September 24)
Part V – “Saga ofthe Reptilian Kind” (October 2)
Part VI – “Wondersfrom Deep and Shallow Waters” (October 9)
Part VII – “Saving Our Marine Forest and Wildlife” (October 16)
Part VIII – “The Deflowering of the Wild Flowers” (October 23)
Part IX – “On the Wings of Hope and Unity” (October 30)



“Let the sea and everything in it shout; let the world and everyone in it sing.” – Psalms 98:7, The Revised English Bible.




Thursday, October 19, 2017

Crossword Puzzles About Sports


Sports Weekly Magazine Vol. 7 Nos. 385 and 386, October 16-30, 1981
On the cover: Crispa player William “Bogs” Adornado (left)
and a snapshot of a Crispa-Toyota game, with Alberto Guidaben, Arturo Cristobal and Elpidio Villamin of Crispa, and Robert Jaworski of Toyota captured in the photo (right).


Two crossword puzzles about sports.




“Come to me, all who are weary and whose load is heavy; I will give you rest.” – The Gospel According to Matthew 11:28, The Revised English Bible.

Naomi Campbell, Jennifer Lopez, Zhang Ziyi and More....


MOD V38 N1821, October 16, 2006
On the cover: Regine Velasquez

It’s another “Face Off” in MODels section of MOD, this time between a “Supermodel,” Naomi Campbell, and a “Sexiest Woman in the World,” Jennifer Lopez.

I also did a profile of Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, “The Geisha is Now an Empress,” in MOD’s Starliner section, and the brief movie reviews of The Guardian and Green Street Hooligans.




“Charm can fool you, and beauty can trick you, but a woman who respects the LORD should be praised. Give her the reward she has earned; she should be praised in public for what she has done.” – Proverbs 31:30-31, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Movie Review: Reversal of Fortune


TV Star Guide Vol. 8 No. 94, October 2007
On the cover: Wentworth Miller for the TV series Prison Break,
with Bill Henrickson, Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close, and Marian Rivera (insets)

An assigned review of the film Reversal of Fortune, which was based on the true-to-life story of Claus von Bülow.




“Hard times do not come up from the ground, and trouble does not grow from the earth. People produce trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.” – Job 5:6-7, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Math-O'Logics: Olympic Circles


MOD Filipina Vol. 21 No. 893, October 14, 1988
On the cover: 1988 Miss Asia-Pacific candidate Ching Mei-tsai


In Math-O’Logics, solving for the outer perimeter of the interlocking Olympic circles.



“GOD sits on His throne above the circle of the earth, and compared to Him, people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the skies like a piece of cloth and spreads them out like a tent to sit under.” – Isaiah 40:22, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.
 

Tips on Buying a House


Celebrity World Vol. 5 No. 266, October 14, 1996
On the cover: Loren Legarda

This article has also been published several times in different magazines.



“‘Heaven is My throne,’ says the LORD, ‘and the earth is My footstool. What kind of house would you build for me? Where is the place for Me to live in? Did not I myself make all these things?’” – The Acts of the Apostles 7:49-50, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Alam Mo Ba Ito: Ano ang Trivia?


Dalawang magkasunod na isyu ng People’s Balita
Taon 17 Blg. 164 & 165, October 13 & 14, 2010


Sa mga mahilig sa “trivia,” ito ay para sa inyo.



“Sa pagsunod sa utos mo, ako’y iyong pangunahan,
      pagkat dito nakakamtam ang ligayang inaasam.....
Ako’y bigyan mo ng dunong at ng tunay na kaalaman,
      yamang ako’y nagtiwala sa utos Mong ibinigay.”
      – Mga Awit 119:35 at 66, Magandang Balita Biblia, Tagalog Popular Version

The Untold Story of Isaac Newton


Prime Weekly Edition, Vol. 3 No. 41, October 13, 1988
On the cover: Jennifer “Jenny” C. Francisco


All about my favorite mathematician, Sir Isaac Newton.



“Lead me in the path of Your commands, because that makes me happy..... Teach me wisdom and knowledge because I trust Your commands.” – Psalms 119:35 & 66, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

MVP, the Boxer and the Pianist


Atlas TV Guide Vol. 10 No. 130, October 2010
On the cover: Marion Caunter, Kristy Curtis, and Dave Nuku,
With Sharon Cuneta, Manny V. Pangilinan, and Edd China and Mike Brewer (insets)


Two articles, two Mannys (Manny V. Pangilinan and Manny Pacquiao), the “Massive Expansion of TV5” (pp. 8-9), and Lang Lang, a young virtuoso pianist from Liaoning, China, featured in Atlas TV Guide October 2010 issue.




“Wisdom is with aged men, and with length of days, understanding.” – The Book of Job 12:12, Holy Bible, The New King James Version.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A Gallery of Firsts: Women Who Excel in Their Chosen Field of Endeavor


MOD 31st Anniversary Special, October 2005
On the cover: Miss Earth 2004 Priscilla Meirelles

Featured in MOD’s 31st Anniversary Special is my contributions to its A Gallery of Firsts – “women who excel in their chosen field of endeavour and come out first in the arena,” for Science (and Mathematics), Sports, and Travel and Aviation.



“So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called but few chosen.” – The Gospel According to Matthew 20:16, Holy Bible, The New King James Version.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Most Significant Events in the World (1974-2004)


MOD 30th Anniversary Special, October 2004
On the cover: Tingting Cojuangco and daughters Mikee and China

As usual, I get to write the broadest and no-nonsense anniversary feature story, “The WORLD,” that is the most “significant events (in the world) in the last 30 MOD years.”

And I am also featured as one of the contributors, “writers who have made MOD the country’s number one weekly magazine.”


“..... GOD’s rule is forever, and His kingdom continues for all time.” – Daniel 4:34, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Monday, October 9, 2017

An Education on Philippine Endangered Species Part VI (Wonders from Deep and Shallow Waters)



Celebrity World Vol. 4 No. 217, October 9, 1995
On the cover: Freddie Aguilar and daughter Maegan Aquilar
 

Part VI of my 1995 Science and Technology Award-winning 9-part special feature “An Education on Philippine Endangered Species” subtitled “Wonders from Deep and Shallow Waters.”


Part I – “Paradise Lost, Can it be Regained?” (September 4, 1995)
Part II – “Biodiversity in an Hourglass” (September 11)
Part III – “When Trees Fall to the Ground” (September 18)
Part IV – “Cries from the Wild” (September 24)
Part V – “Saga of the Reptilian Kind” (October 2)
Part VI – “Wonders from Deep and Shallow Waters” (October 9)
Part VII – “Saving Our Marine Forest and Wildlife” (October 16)
Part VIII – “The Deflowering of the Wild Flowers” (October 23)
Part IX – “On the Wings of Hope and Unity” (October 30)



“He gathered the water of the sea into a heap. He made the great ocean stay in its place. All the earth should worship the LORD; the whole world should fear Him.” – Psalms 33:7-8, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.





Pluto No Longer a Planet?


MOD Vol. 37 No. 1821, October 9, 2006
On the cover: Kris Aquino

After more than seven-and-a-half decades since its discovery, the Planet Pluto was removed from the list of planets in the solar system.


“So I will continue to amaze these people by doing more and more miracles. Their wise men will lose their wisdom; their wise men will not be able to understand.” – Isaiah 29:14, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.




Sunday, October 8, 2017

Hopia & the Filipinos' Chinese Heritage



MOD Vol. 42 No. 1887, October 2011
On the cover: Shamcey Supsup

Two articles on the Chinese legacy and heritage in the Philippines: “Hopia Like It” (pp. 39-41) and “Chinese Takeout: A Look-back at Filipinos’ Chinese Heritage” (pp. 57-59).






“‘No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is from Me,’ says the LORD.” – The Book of Isaiah 54:17, Holy Bible, The New King James Version.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Get Your Little Children's Cooperation (In Home Attitude and Schooling)


Celebrity World Vol. 5 No. 265, October 7, 1996
On the cover: Joanna Ampil

A short article giving tips on Parenting and how to “Get Your Little Children’s Cooperation (In Home Attitude and Schooling).”



“... Jesus called them to Him and said, ‘Let the little children come to Me and do not forbid them; for such is the kingdom of GOD. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of GOD as a little child will by no means enter it.” – The Gospel According to Luke 18:16-17, Holy Bible, The New King James Version.