Three months of intense political campaigning, and Filipinos have made their choice. Whether you are rejoicing or mourning right now, it's time to calm down and return to what's truly fundamental and good.
May is the month of celebration and commemoration -- from Flores de Mayo and Marian Month, to Asian Pacific American Heritage, Mental Health Awareness and Memorial Day in the US. And then there was Mother's Day, which is pretty much universal, and to mark it, we have stories on mothers and motherhood:
From Switzerland, Cherry Malonzo, a young mother, writes about the unexpected joy of natural childbirth with a midwife assisting, in "Where Midwives Are Worth Gold."
Rosa Quirino Eugenio is a little known lady who played a big role in nurturing a president. The eldest sister of President Elpidio Quirino, the sixth president of the Philippines, Rosa took over the mothering of her younger siblings when their mother died. In "Little Mother, Big Sister," Positively Filipino Contributing Writer Elizabeth Ann Quirino reveals some family stories.
Hotel executive James Tecson Lim offers a touching tribute to his late mother, Lourdes De la Cruz Tecson, who raised him singlehandedly.
And our Read Again feature in this Marian Month, a brief guide to Marian shrines in the Philippines by Ma. Ceres P. Doyo, from the book Pueblo Amante de Maria.
In Los Angeles' Echo Park and Historic Filipinotown neighborhood, The Park's Finest BBQ Restaurant is catching attention because of its innovative approach to the well-loved Filipino barbecue. Positively Filipino Contributing Writer Anthony Maddela takes us there.
Chef Johneric Concordia of The Park's Finest BBQ shares a recipe of his mom. Our Happy Home Cook feature for the week is aptly called Mama Leah's Chicken Drummettes.
For our Video of Week, we present Anthony Bourdain's feature on the Philippines in "Parts Unknown."