Confusions, Mixed Feelings, and Hate

Nobody tells the colorful stories of the good 'ol days of mass media in the Philippines than Greg Macabenta, who has done it all --  journalism, script writing, advertising, publishing, column writing, even occasionally performing -- and who was responsible for some of the most memorable ad campaigns in the annals of Philippine advertising history. Already a career multitasker when it wasn't yet a thing, Greg puts his stories on print with his newly published memoir, Confusions of a Communications Man, which is a must-read for anyone who has aspirations of hitting it big in media. PF contributor Lorna Lardizabal Dietz reviews the book in "A Jack of Many Communication Trades."

Author Cecilia Manguerra Brainard reveals her mixed feelings about her recent visit to Japan, whose beauty she totally appreciated while not completely forgetting WWII, Hiroshima and the cruelty of war. Read "Japan: A Thoughtful Travelogue" to understand what she means.

Racism and its concomitant terms - white supremacy, hate crimes - are once again fueling dastardly acts that have targeted minorities in the US. History shows that the crimes are nothing new and Filipinos are not spared. Lest we forget (or before we get lulled into thinking that this current wave will not affect us), let's look back:

Just 20 years ago, a Fil-Am postal worker Joseph Ileto was gunned down by an avowed white supremacist looking for a kill. Ileto's only "crime"? He was a brown man who inadvertently crossed the path of the perpetrator. Filipinas Magazine in October 1999 had this story: "Death by Discrimination" by the late Bert Eljera.

And further back in time, another crime against Filipinos in Watsonville, California. Read Again Alex S. Fabros Jr.'s "In the Heat of the Night: The Exeter and Watsonville Riots 1929-1930."

Our In The Know stories this week:

PH now among main cyberattacks targets

Lives lived and lost along Manila's Pasig river

Rodrigo Duterte is losing interest in creating a federal Philippines

A thriving Filipino community makes Juneau home away from home

What Makes An American?

Born in Israel, hundreds of Filipino children risk expulsion

For the Happy Home Cook, we bring back this plant-based treat: Ensaladang Talong with Coconut Vinaigrette.

For Video of the Week, we feature a Pan Am Airlines travelogue on the Philippines from the 1960s.





Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino

Calamities, Natural and Man-Inflicted

So much sadness and anger this week as the US grapples with three mass shootings that resulted in 29 deaths in different parts of the country. The Philippines, where killing is officially sanctioned, is not spared the agony of violence. Currently however, natural disasters are taking center stage there. 

The big one is the series of earthquakes in Batanes, which destroyed the solid, typhoon-resistant structures of Itbayat, one of the islands in the Batanes chain. To get a feel of what it was like and the aftermath, we called on Dorian Merina, a Fil-Am journalist who has chosen to settle in Batanes, to give us a report. Read "A Deadly Quake Tests Batanes' Tradition of Resiliency," also to find out how to help.

Back to the US, the Trump administration has started the process of revoking the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole program which allows the families of Filipino veterans to join them in the US. Immigration lawyer Lourdes Santos Tancinco explains how the early termination will work and what to do if you're affected by it. (Partner Post: What the Impending Rescission of the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program Means to the Veterans Families)

In the city of Markham, Ontario, a larger than life statue of Philippine National Hero Jose Rizal is unveiled, to celebrate Canada's first Filipino Heritage Month last June. The statue was created by Filipino Canadian scuptor Ignacio "Mogi" Mogado Jr., who's passionate about letting the world know about Rizal. Toronto-based writer Marisa Roque tells us the story in "Rizal Honored in Ontario."

PF Correspondent Myles A. Garcia educates us on the fascinating evolution of the carnival (aka karnabal or perya) in the Philippines, tracing its colonial roots and noting its new iterations. "Did I Stay Too Long at the Fair?" is a fascinating read that you'll surely enjoy. 

It's Buwan ng Wika (National Language Month) in our homeland. Read Again poet/author Marne Kilates' "Why the 'F' in Filipino and How Did It Get There" to be updated on the new realities of the Filipino national language. 

For the Happy Home Cook this week, we borrowed a recipe from the famous chef Nora V. Daza from her book (co-authored by Michaela Fenix) A Culinary Life: Personal Recipe Collection: Ampalaya with Braised Beef. 

And our In The Know links, ICYMI:

Dark Web connects PH to mass shootings in US, Filipino pols’ vanities Founder to Step Down as CEO Months After WSJ Report

Pogo workers in their midst: Notes from an ‘invasion’

She Was Filipino Food’s Greatest Champion. Now Her Work Is Finding New Fans.

For video of the week, South China Morning Post featured Jollibee and how it became one of the world’s biggest companies from Asia.

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino

Life's A Beach

How does Boracay look now after the big cleanup? First-time PF contributor Willie Vergara, who had seen the island in its pristine state in the 1980s and has returned twice since, provides an honest look-see in "Boracay in Rehab."

Another first-time contributor Dr. Aileen Soriano-Pisaturo, the Director of Palliative Care Services at Kent Hospital in Warwick, Rhode Island, explains what palliative care, a new field in medicine, really means in "The Fuzzy Wuzzy of Medicine."

Batanes, the Philippines' northernmost province, has been in the news because of the twin earthquakes that caused deaths and destruction in Itbayat, one of its islands. Read Again Omar Paz's travel essay, "Batanes Beckons," and see why the islands have become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.

And. for a touch of levity, Read Again Lotis Key's award-winning and very funny story, "White Men Can't Jump-Start."

Our Happy Home Cook recipe this week is PF Correspondent Rene Astudillo's innovative Garlic Cloves Adobo with Mushrooms.

Our In The Know links, ICYMI (in case you missed it):

Going Back to the Philippines to Retire: A How-to Guide

Why crafty Internet trolls in the Philippines may be coming to a website near you

Where the Wealthy Go in Private Jets, From Bahamas to Barbados

Everything’s coming up roselle

Why It Is Important to Know the Story of Filipino-American Larry Itliong

For our video of the week, we feature the 2019 Little Manila Rising Community Showcase “Dawn.”

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino