As November brings in the cold, the political circus in the Philippines heats up. Positively Filipino editor Rene Ciria Cruz takes a first jab at the behind-the-scenes posturings with a satirical piece on the mother-son team of Imelda and Bongbong, The imagined conversation would be hysterically funny if it doesn't have a ring of truth in it. And then it becomes....well, read it and see for yourself.
Another funny story that our resident cybersleuth Myles A. Garcia dug up: the tiff between former Russian prime minister Nikita Khrushchev and a Filipino statesman at the United Nations General Assembly. Who was that Filipino? No one would have remembered except for a question in the TV show Jeopardy that led to Myles' scouring the web for the true story. Enjoy "The Filipino Who Ticked Off the Big, Bad Russian Bear."
This month is the 125th birth anniversary of the Philippines' sixth president, Elpidio Quirino, and his great grandnephew Constante G. Quirino introduces him to readers who may not have known of the man's accomplishments. "Quirino at 125: A Statesman and A Survivor" is a necessary read for history buffs and Filipinos everywhere.
Meanwhile, regular contributor Cherie Querol-Moreno visited Greece as it was undergoing its economic pains, and witnessed the Greeks' resiliency as well as the endurance of Filipino expats there. "Greece Endures as It Sustains Filipino Expatriates" is an inspiring eye-opener.
For our Happy Home Cook feature this week: Jojo Sabalvaro-Tan shares her aunt's personal recipe for Estofadong Pata.
For our Video of the Week, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg shares a video about how a Filipina used Internet.org to start a business.
And finally, I blog about an unexpected milestone in our family.