"Women hold up half the sky." - Mao Tse Tung
This month, we celebrate with the whole world our sister sky-holders out there who are toiling, dreaming, managing, caring, creating, healing and doing all the other tasks that they have set out to do. But most of all, we pay tribute to the amazing women who do unexpected things, like what cultural historian Robby Tantingco writes about in "Why Women Rule Pampanga."
Also worth celebrating: the emergence of a basketball star who we can partly claim as our own. Regular contributor Anthony Maddela takes us to his exclusive interview with the LA Lakers' 22-year-old rookie point guard Jordan Clarkson, who was brought up by his Filipino lola and his mother, Annette.
In Chicago, Rey E. de la Cruz gives us a taste of Sariling Atin, a Filipino restaurant that serves comfort food and a lot of kababayan warmth.
Our resident web sleuth Myles A. Garcia digs up the dirt on the long-playing inheritance wars within the family of Potenciano Ilusorio, a very public conflict involving billions of pesos that pitted husband against wife, children against parents and siblings against each other. The rich are different from you and me, as the saying goes, and in this instance, thank goodness for that.
For our Video of the Week, we look back in pain and horror at the battle for the liberation of Manila, February to March 1945. Manila was the most devastated city in the Allied world and this video says it all.
And in my blog, I pay tribute to my "amazona" relatives.
Keep on holding up the sky!