Saturday, September 23, 2017

Mushroom Moments

MOD September 2012
On the cover: Sarah Geronimo

This article, “Mushroom Moments” (pp. 44-47), I enjoyed writing. Well, because I like mushrooms. And because I dedicate this to someone I knew and got intimate with, believe it or not, just through texting. I gave her the pet name “Mushroom” for the simple reason that just like mushrooms she just popped up suddenly in my life; would suddenly vanished and popped up again, in my cellphone, that is.


It neither came from a plant nor an animal;
Some are poisonous and others are medicinal;
Some may cause asthma attack, quite dangerous,
But others are edible and very delicious.
You may see one in a rotten tree bark,
Or in a forest ground glowing in the dark.
Those who fear them have fungaphobia,
But modern man wants them topping a pizza.
Buttons, toadstools, rat’s ears, fairy’s brooms.
What am I talking about? What else – mushrooms!

(This was written as an introduction poem, but was not included in the published article.)

Also in this MOD September 2012 issue is a short article about the “Sunset by the (Manila) Bay.”
“The GOD of gods, the LORD, speaks. He calls the earth from the rising to the setting sun..... Call to me in times of trouble. I will save you, and you will honor Me.” – Psalms 50:1 & 15, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Alam Mo Ba Ito: Ang Pawikan

Dalawang magkasunod na isyu ng People’s Balita Taon 17 Blg. 145 at 146
(September 21 & 22, 2010)

Tampok “Ang Pawikan” sa dalawang magkasunod na lathala ng trivia column ko na Alam Mo Ba Ito?

“Sa pananampalataya ay natatalastas natin na ang sanglibutan ay natatag sa pamamagitan ng salita ng DIOS, ano pa’t ang nakikita ay hindi ginawa sa mga bagay na nakikita.” – Ang Sulat sa mga Hebreo 11:3, Ang Biblia, Ang Banal na Kasulatan sa Wikang Tagalog.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Dengue Fever: Facing an Impending Epidemic

Health News Vol. 2 No. 91, September 21, 1998
On the cover story: “Dengue Fever: Facing an Impending Epidemic”

Another write-up about the “Dengue Fever” made it to the cover story of Health News September 21, 1998 issue.

“Anyone who is having troubles should pray..... And the prayer that is said with faith will make the sick person well; the LORD will heal that person.....” – James 5:13 & 15, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sexopedia: Iba Sila sa Amerika

People’s Balita Taon 17 Blg. 144, September 20, 2010
Nasa bungad-pahina ang headline na “P-Noy Walang Tiwala kay Binay?”
na isinulat ni Daris Jose

Ang Kolum na Sexopedia, Pinoy Edition na may issue title na “Iba Sila sa Amerika” at naglalaman ng mga samu’t-saring sex trivia tungkol sa mga kakatwang batas at kagawian sa Amerika.

“Ang malilikot na mata ay lagi sa kaguluhan, at ang bibig na maluwang, hahantong sa kapahamakan.” – Mga Kawikaan 10:10, Magandang Balita Biblia, Tagalog Popular Version.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Gags Full of Laughter

Atlas TV Guide Vol. 10 No. 129, September 2010
On the cover: Ellen DeGeneres

An assigned article about the different gag shows in Philippine free TV in 2010.

“Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, ‘The LORD has done great things for them.’ The LORD has done great things for us, whereof we are glad.” – The Book of Psalms 126:2-3, Holy Bible, The New King James Version.

Monday, September 18, 2017

An Education on Philippine Endangered Species Part III (When Trees Fall to the Ground)

Celebrity World Vol. 4 No. 214, September 18, 1995
On the cover: Jenny Concepcion and Daughter Chloe

Part III of my 1995 Science and Technology Award-winning 9-part special feature “An Education on Philippine Endangered Species” subtitled “When Trees Fall to the Ground.”

Part I – “ParadiseLost, 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)

“One is notorious in being like him that brings up axes on high against the thicket of trees.... They have thrust Your sanctuary into the fire itself..... Take a look at the covenant, for the dark places of the earth have become full of the abodes of violence.... Do arise, O GOD, do conduct Your own case at law. Remember Your reproach from the senseless one all day long.” – Psalms 74:5, 7, 20 and 22, New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures.

Shifting Lands from the Bosom of the Ocean

MOD Vol. 37 No. 1818, September 18, 2006
On the cover: Jenivev “Nene” Santillan Tamayo

A brief seismic history of the Philippines, with sidebars on earthquake and tsunami.

Also in this MOD September 18, 2006 issue is my articles on the Starliners section of MOD featuring Evangeline Lilly and some news on other Hollywood celebrities. On the Movies section are synopses of three award-winning war films.

“GOD’s sanctuary in heaven was opened, and within His sanctuary was seen the Ark of the Covenant. There came flashes of lightning and peals of thunder, an earthquake, and a violent hailstorm.

Fish Kill at Laguna de Bay

MOD Vol. 26 No. 1150, September 17, 1993
On the cover: Maria Sarah P. Bequilla

The incidences of “Fish Kill” in the Philippines have become alarmingly frequent. This article in particularly is about what happened in Laguna de Bay on August 1993.

“For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.” – The Second Epistle of Peter 2:20, Holy Bible, The New King James Version.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Can Animals Think

Family Today Vol. 2 No. 2, September 16-30, 1999
On the cover: Siblings Cheska and Patrick Garcia

This is probably the only time that my article was bylined “Ernest Lawagan.” Probably just a “typo” on the part of the editors. They also made some editing such that instead of the animals knowing “math and the sciences,” they made it an article about animals having “the ability to think.”

“Wolves and lambs will eat together in peace. Lions will eat hay like oxen, and a snake on the ground will not hurt anyone. They will not hurt or destroy each other on all my holy mountain, says the LORD.” – Isaiah 65:25, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Did You Hear What You Heard (Celebrity World,September 16,1996)

Celebrity World Vol. 5 No. 262, September 16, 1996
On the cover: Video Jockeys Trey Fairley and Sophiya Haque

When you watch a television series or go to the movies, do you just watch or do you intently listen to the dialogues? This article is about the conversation you’ve probably missed out because you’re so concentrated on the video.

“Hear this, all you people; give ear, all you inhabitants of the world, both low and high, rich and poor together. My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall bring understanding.” – The Book of Psalms 49:1-3, Holy Bible, The New King James Version.

Sapphires for September

Mr. & Ms. Vol. 27 No. 22, September 16, 2003
On the cover: Brad Pitt

A very short article about the sapphire, the birthstone September. SEE also “Facts and Tips on Birthstones” on the July 5, 2017 post.

“..... and they saw the GOD of Israel. Beneath His feet was what looked like a pavement of sapphire, as blue as the sky.” – Exodus 24:10, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Math-O'Logics: 15 Blitz Problems and Their Solutions

MOD Filipina 15th Anniversary Special (September 1989)
and MOD Filipina Vol. 22 No.941, September 15, 1989
On the covers: Armi Rose Reyes Santiago (15th Anniversary Girl)
and Maria Luz Azcona Garcia (September 15, 1989 issue)

15 Math problems and their solutions in Math-O’Logics, to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of MOD. What a way to go!

“You (the Lord Jesus Christ) have shown me the paths that lead to life, and Your presence will fill me with joy.” – The Acts of the Apostles 2:28, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Coping With Life's Changes

Mr. & Ms. Vol. 23 No. 21, September 14, 1999
On the front cover: Paul Asi Taulava and Ana May Corveau, with Richard Gere (inset)
On the back cover: Sharon Cuneta for the Alaska Milk print ad

Another re-written article about the “Dengue Scare.” This time for Mr. & Ms. September 14, 1999 issue.

Mr. & Ms. Vol. 28 No. 21, September 14, 2004
On the cover: Railey Valeroso and Chynna Ortaleza

In this article I wrote a collection of thoughts I set as guidelines in most things I do. It’s a way of “Coping With Life’s Changes.”

 “Only a wise man knows what things mean. Wisdom makes him smile and makes his frowns disappear.” – Ecclesiastes 8:1, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Alam Mo Ba 'To - Iginuhit ng Tadhana

People’s Balita Taon 17 Blg. 138, September 13, 2010
Nasa bungad-pahina ang headline na “Jueteng Mas Lumala Kay P-Noy”
na isinulat ni Daris Jose

Ang aking dalawang general information columns sa People’s Balita: Sexopedia: Pinoy Edition na may issue title na “Mula Arts Hanggang Sex” at Alam Mo Ba Ito? na ang issue title ay “Iginuhit ng Tadhana.”

“Ang mga pinuno ay hindi dapat katakutan ng taong gumagawa ng mabuti. Ang mga gumagawa lamang ng masama ang dapat matakot. Kung ayaw mong matakot sa mga namumuno, gumawa ka ng mabuti, at pararangalan ka nila.” – Magandang Balita Biblia, Tagalog Popular Version.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tales of the Amazing Dolphins

Celebrity World Vol. 3 No. 162, September 12, 1994
On the cover: Plinky Recto

Dolphins are among my favorite animals. When I was still in high school and college, I used to collect every bits of information and trivia, and magazine and newspaper clippings I could find about these extraordinary creatures. From these I came up with two articles for Celebrity World September 12, 1994 issue.

“So GOD created sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abound, according to their kind..... And GOD saw that it was good.” – The First Book of Moses Called Genesis 1:21, Holy Bible, The New King James Version.