Days of Reckoning

In two days, the United States will transition peacefully to a new administration, practically 360 degrees different from the outgoing one.

It's not quite clear how the new one  will set in motion its announced denial of climate change as a real and serious issue, a stand that defies about 95 percent of science. However the politics of it will play out, Fil-Am journalist Dorian Merina categorically warns us, "Attention Filipinos: Climate Change Is Here. Now." Wherever we are, he states, we will be affected, the impact intense unless we each do our part in working to reverse it. A timely warning, this piece is.

Another reality-based admonition comes from Manila-based contributor Cathy Sanchez Babao, who contends that now is "A Time for Kindness." With this initial volley into the #kindnessrevolution, we ask readers to send us their personal experiences with kindness -- as giver, receiver or witness. Write us at and we'll post your stories.

San Francisco Bay Area-based artist France Viana profiles another artist, Johanna Poethig, who identifies herself as American-Filipino (she spent her childhood in the Philippines with her American missionary parents). Poethig's works are eloquent statements of her Filipino background and passions.

For those who are preparing for Chinese New Year on January 28, here's what to do with that always welcome gift of tikoy (gooey rice cake), from Correspondent and food expert Elizabeth Ann Quirino.

For Video of the Week, we feature the Kahayag Dance Company, which won the 2015 World Cultural Dance Festival. 

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino