Requiem for a Good Man

The community of journalists in Manila is mourning one of its own. Michael Marasigan, formerly of BusinessWorld and an esteemed colleague, was gunned down along with his brother in San Juan a week ago. No known motive.

Michael and I were in Business Day at the same time in the early '80s. We reconnected on Facebook about a year ago and he gave PF permission to post some of his acclaimed road trip (around the Philippines) videos, and we did. We're posting another one in this issue as our Video of the Week, in memory of a good man, as everyone who knew Michael can attest.

The world-renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers (also known as the UP Madrigal Singers) is the subject of Manzel Delacruz's feature this week, as the choir embarks on another world tour. San Francisco gets to hear them on August 12. Check the story for details.

We have another Hometown feature, this time on Cebu. Isabel Taylor Escoda, formerly of Hong Kong, offers a spirited argument for "Overstaying in Cebu."

From the south, we go northas first-time contributor Merlita Usita Campañano writes about a popular restaurant in her hometown in Cagayan. "Hapag-Kainan sa Ballesteros" lures with small-town flair and shares its recipe for "Dinakdakan," that famous dish favored by Ilocanos worldwide. 

And our In The Know links for this week:

The Night Asian America Took One Last Stand. Remembering 40 Years After the Fall of the I-Hotel

Are Priests Duterte’s Fiercest Foes?

Wiki warriors: activists fighting to keep truth of brutal Marcos regime in Philippines alive

How to Get Ahead in Politics in the Philippines

My Trip To The Philippines, Part 2: The Power of Colorism And Colonial Mentality

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino