We've seen it happen many times -- from unimaginable tragedies spring unbelievable acts of kindness.We saw it in Houston, in Paris, London, Leyte, New Orleans, even in the war-ravaged countries of the Middle East. And we can never forget how the world became one in the aftermath of the 9/11 attack in New York. On the 16th anniversary of this tragedy of tragedies, as we reel from nature's wrath and political tsunamis, we are reposting first-person accounts that will forever be etched in our hearts. Remember 9/11 with "The Anguish Lingers," G. Mayumi Querubin's interviews of Filipino families who lost loved ones.

Read Again the memories of those who were there that day: http://www.positivelyfilipino. com/magazine/9-11-day-of-days.

We continue our Hometown series with writer/author/teacher Oscar Peñaranda's compilation of heartwarming stories of his boyhood days in Barugo, Leyte and Manila, where he and the Pasig River are "old friends." Peñaranda claims his share of oddball relatives and misadventures that spice up his recollections, making this one of the most potent distillations of childhood memories we've published so far.

And for this issue of memories, Manila-based writer Menchu Aquino Sarmiento tells us about her close encounters with the most famous Filipino writer of all time in "Love, Youth and Nick Joaquin." That those chance meetings with the inimitable -- and unpredictable -- author made an indelible impact on the aspiring writer is an understatement, and you'll see why.

A fitting back-to-school dish for your children is Misua Soup, where our resident foodie Elizabeth Ann Quirino added a few of enhancements of her own to make this rendering not quite your Nanay's recipe.

And for your reading pleasure, our In the Know links:

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This Pinoy athlete had the SEA Games gold in the bag, but he happily settled for a silver.

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Last but not least, our Video of the Week: go back in time to the Philippines in 1950s through a promotional documentary by Coca-Cola.

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino