Ayala Foundation and the Pandemic

Co-Authored with Jayvy Gamboa. ‘Institutions, may they be public or private, for profit or non-profit, last not merely because of their funding sources or effective management, but because of their advocacies’ relevance and their ability to withstand tests of fate’ This is Part 2 of a two-part series. You can read Part 1 here. The coronavirus …

Corporate Social Responsibility in a Pandemic

Co-Authored with Jayvy Gamboa This is Part 1 of a two-part series. You can read Part 2 here. With this two-part article on the Ayala Foundation, we start a series on how Philippine business, and in particular the philanthropic foundations established by companies, are helping society to adapt and address the impacts of the pandemic. Oftentimes, …

Ninety Years of a Mindanao Life

My mother Lourdes Maestrado La Viña, Inday to all her friends, lived for ninety years and two hundred eighteen days. On October 4, 2020, on the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, she passed to eternal life.  She succumbed to complications from pneumonia even as she tested negative for COVID-19. Mom’s life was rooted in …

A Reckoning for Desaparecidos

“We must work hard as a society to stop all forced disappearances.” In the fourth and final installment of this series featuring “Living and Dying- In Memory of 11 Ateneo de Manila Martial Law Activists” by Cristina Jayme Montiel, recounting the life stories of 11 Ateneans, we take a look at the life and times …

Ateneans who Fought the Darkness

In this third instalment of this series featuring “Living and Dying- In Memory of 11 Ateneo de Manila Martial Law Activists,” a book written by Cristina Jayme Montiel memorializing the life story of 11 Atenean martial law heroes, we revisit the journey of three more of these extraordinary individuals—Dante Dizon Perez, Abraham “Ditto” Pascual Sarmiento …

Never-to-be-forgotten Ateneans

“Living and Dying – In Memory of 11 Ateneo de Manila Martial Law Activists,” authored by Cristina Jayme Montiel, memorializes 11 Ateneans who lived as paragons of self-sacrifice and service to others, ultimately offering their lives fighting the Marcos dictatorship. Last Tuesday, I shared the stories of Ferdinand Arceo, William Vincent Acuna Begg and Artemio …

Living and Dying During Martial Law

Continuing with my series on martial law, I borrow from a book Living and Dying: In Memory of 11 Ateneo de Manila Martial Law Activists written by Cristina Jayme Montiel and published by the Ateneo University Press in 2007. The book chronicles the life, times and death of 11 Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) activists. …

Fr. Bill, Mindanao, and the Jesuit volunteers

Fr. William Kreutz SJ, Fr. Bill to all of us who love him and are grateful for his guidance and support all our lives, first came to the Philippines in 1963. He was still a scholastic then and took his theology courses here. He was ordained in 1969 and celebrated his 50th year as a priest …

Laudato Si’, 5 years later

The “Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ of the Holy Father Francis on care for our common home,” released 5 years ago this week, has become one of the most influential social encyclicals that has been released by a pope. It certainly has changed the global debate on sustainable development and on climate change. It has become …

Heroism in Taal

Taal is the birthplace of many heroic Filipinos. With this latest eruption of Taal Volcano, this early, we have new heroes and heroines. Taal Volcano has erupted at least 34 times in the past 450 years, with the 1754 event considered its biggest eruption ever, lasting almost seven months and burying four towns in Batangas. …