When Manila-based journalist Manny Mogato got the dawn phone call that announced his winning the 'Holy Grail' of journalism -- the Pulitzer Prize, he was shookt, as contributing writer Kelly B. Vergel de Dios describes his reaction. Only one other Filipino from the Philippines has won the coveted award -- Carlos P. Romulo -- and that was 76 years ago. (Four FilAms have won the Pulitzer: Alex Tizon, Jose Antonio Vargas, Byron Acohido and Cheryl Diaz Meyer.)
In Amsterdam, long-time resident Franklin M. Bobadilla got the surprise of his life when the priest in De Krijtberg Catholic Church asked during a sermon one Sunday: "Did you know that we have a Filipino saint in this church?" Find out why in "An Encounter of a Special Kind."
While the 46th anniversary of the proclamation of martial law in the Philippines has come and gone (September 21) we will be continuing our collection of martial law stories, so send in yours to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week we have two:
Fil-Am activist Jeanette Gandionco Lazam recalls her harrowing experience leaving the country after the declaration, in "Who Is Marshall Law?"
Our publisher Mona Lisa Yuchengco writes publicly for the first time about an extortion plot by a certain Commander David. Her piece, "My Thriller in Manila," is stuff for novels.
links to keep you In The Know:
How Manila has become a portrait of ugliness
Utah Valley University President Welcomes Students Using 6 Languages in Crazy Impressive Video
Duterte critic arrested as 'darkness and evil' prevail in Philippines
Schoolgirl, 12, honored for saving Philippine flag
For our Happy Home Cook, actress Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo's recipe for Thai Beef Lettuce Wrap.
For Video of the Week, Balitang America covers the book launch of Jose Antonio Vargas.