Birds and Spirits

There's something about bird watching that brings out the poetry in everyone, particularly if you're already an award-winning poet/playwright like Reuel Molina Aguila. In "On the Wings of Bird Poems," contributing writer Ed Maranan, himself an award-winning poet and author, lets us soar on Molina Aguila's bird photographs that are accompanied by his poetry and Maranan's translations. 

Another uplifting story this week is Toronto-based contributor Maripi Leynes' profile of Arlene Oliveros, the first female Filipino certified sommelier. With the spunk and determination common among immigrants, Oliveros worked her way from caregiving to becoming a wine expert. Read "The Spirit Moves Her" and be inspired.

Father's Day happens in a few days and we wish to celebrate all fathers and mom-dads out there. Our publisher Mona Lisa Yuchengco shares with us the touching story of her father, Ambassador Alfonso Yuchengco, who passed away recently after living a long, colorful and substantial life. 

Here's our In The Know links for this week:

How ISIS Got a Foothold in the Philippines

Rape within the family: The Philippines' silent incest problem

Priest brings psychosocial help to Mindanao conflict zone

Former Pinoy dishwasher now owner of pizzeria in Italy

10 Must-Visit Libraries in Metro Manila

And our post-Independence Day Happy Home Cook recipe is Arroz A La Cubana from PF Correspondent and foodie Elizabeth Ann Quirino.

Our Video of the Week: The Sing Philippines Youth Choir made up of 100 singers from from all over the country, surprise the commuters of LRT Line 2 with a flash mob performance.

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino