Dateline Australia and Portable Medicare

We've got Australia on our minds this week with two stories -- "Rethinking Womanhood" by Astrid Barros focuses on Australia-based author and historian, Mina Roces, the first woman history professor at the University of New South Wales; while Lisa Ritchie, an Australian-Filipina, writes about Westerners who traveled to the Philippines in the 19th- and early-20th century to prove their macho-ness. "Oh, My! Snakes, Wild Beasts and White Hunters" is a fascinating look-back on a little-known facet of Philippine- and travel-writing history.

Regular contributor Bert Eljera tackles the issue of Medicare Portability, the dream of every Filipino immigrant in the US who wants to go back home to the Philippines to retire. Will it happen? Should it happen? Abangan! Stay tuned!

We have a Partner Post this week: Earth Hour, one of the most active environmental groups in the Philippines, is spearheading another annual lights-out on March 29 and is also building modern bancas for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.

Overall, a good week for new knowledge and celebrating being Positively Filipino.

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino