Love and Marriage in a Pandemic

“Deciding to get married during a pandemic requires even more courage than usual.” Deciding to get married is always a big decision. It might not be as bad as William Shakespeare seem to imply in As You Like It when a character says “Men are April when they woo, December when they wed: maids are …

Hell Breaks Loose in Marawi

“Here are excerpts from a most engaging book on the 2017 siege.” The following are excerpts from the book by Carmela S. Fonbuena “Marawi Siege: Stories from the Frontlines” chronicling the battle for the City of Marawi that involved the largest military operation of the Philippine Armed Forces in recent memory. The book weaves the events …

When Marawi Becomes a Frontline

“What better way to convey the complexity to us than through stories?” This is the first of several columns on the book Marawi Siege: Stories from the Front Lines by Carmela S. Fonbuena. It is a riveting and comprehensive account of the siege of Marawi in May 2017. I encourage my readers to get the …

Hope Because of Servant Leaders

“We need leaders who will serve selflessly and with integrity.” In this last and final installment of the series “Servant Leader Leni Robredo” by Professor Ed Garcia, I highlight the final comments of Professor Garcia about the need for a new breed of heroes who serve silently and risk their lives for the service of …

Leni Robredo’s Moral Courage

“Indeed we have elected an extraordinary vice president.” In his essay “Rediscovering a Brave Brand of “Doing Politics” published in “Servant Leader Leni Robredo, Constitutional Commissioner Ed Garcia dissects how the lack of administration support for VP Leni Robredo’s endeavors and the lack of respect by the administration led VP Leni to resign from the …

To Give and Not to Count the Cost

“The vice president makes difficult tasks seem easy.” “To Give and Not to Count the Cost” is Part 1 of the coffee table book which comprises a collection of published and unpublished articles compiled by Professor Ed Garcia. In this chapter, we find articles by various authors, such as “Leave it to Leni” by Chit …

Heart of a Servant Leader

“The book is about the transformative and dynamic leadership of the holder of the second-highest elective position in the land.” When the history of the Philippines is finally written, long after we have awakened from the nightmare when a pandemic crippled the economy, shut down factories and offices, closed schools and sports venues, and changed …

A Compass for the New Year

“We would have a much better world this year if we heeded the Pope’s words.” For this column, I share Pope Francis Message for the celebration of the 54th World Day of Peace. This was issued on December 8 for an annual commemoration held every first of the New Year. In his message, the Pope …

Bearers of Hope

“2020 was a tough year but I am still grateful for its gifts. 2021 will be a better year.“ In my Saturday column, I quoted Pope Francis saying that thanksgiving was a hallmark of an authentic Christian life: “Above all, let us not forget to thank: If we are bearers of gratitude, the world itself …

A Pandemic Year

“We need to inoculate ourselves with a generous dose of hope in humanity and faith in the Creator.” Throughout human history, there have been many calamitous events that have seen a multitude of deaths and widespread destruction. These may be caused by a variety of causes such as cataclysmic natural phenomena, armed conflict, or some …