IT is probably just me, but I cannot wrap my head around a group calling itself “Just Stop Oil” promoting its cause and publicizing its protest activities on the “X” social media platform. It takes a colossal lack of self-awareness to post an “X” message using a Smartphone or computer through the Internet, which is all 100 percent dependent on crude oil.
WE are still celebrating National Book Development Month and National Reading Month this November, with the last week of the month being made more special for it is also the 89th National Book Week. To take part in the advocacy, everyone is encouraged to nurture their passion for books and reading by supporting the events being held in celebration of these festivals, going to book fairs, joining storytelling activities, and supporting local libraries.
Officially, there is no Thanksgiving Day in the Philippines. As an American colony before, the country used to celebrate it on the same day as in the United States. While the holiday for “roasting turkeys” has been abolished many years ago, some Filipinos still observe the tradition of celebrating the day dedicated to expressing gratitude. As I studied, worked, and lived in the US for a significant number of years, I too was one of the Filipinos who commemorate Thanksgiving Day. After all, four siblings live in the US. I wrote about Thanksgiving a few times in this same column many years back. Still, it remains fitting to look back and see how the years have come and gone. There will always be a part in us that desires to reminisce the memories, then move forward as part of learning some of life’s lessons, enhancing our skills, and growing in faith.
Holderfin B.V., the buyer of the tendered shares of Holcim Philippines, should come out clean in its purchase of the now-delisted shares of stock of the cement company. After all, the hallmarks of business dealings from companies in the West are governance as well as transparency issues where China walls are part of the buzzwords in transactions these firms get into.
ACCORDING to Eun Seong Hwang of the Department of Life Science, University of Seoul, in a study published in Pharmacoepigenetics (2019), Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) levels in the body deplete with aging, and it is associated with downregation of energy production in mitochondria, oxidative stress, DNA damage, cognitive impairment, and inflammatory conditions.
There is one person in my life whose face I couldn’t shake off my mind for many years. I first encountered Mr. G in an ad agency that was at that time newly established. I was one of the first to join it, and even had a minor share. Then a short time later, he was recruited to head the agency. Before that he used to be a formidable hot shot in a top multinational agency with international companies as clients. Then suddenly he stepped down from that agency. Rumors had it that he had been eased out by a more formidable rival, another rising star. He retired with a hefty separation package, but eventually he put up his own shop, which did not last long.
IN his introduction to the book, Ang Mahaba’t Kagyat na Buhay ng Indie Sinema (which I freely translated as The Long and Urgent Life of Indie Cinema), Aristotle J. Atienza asks us to treat the said phenomenon as a problematique. Within that label of being a cinema and at the same time bearing independence is the ideological aspect of what the book is attempting to define.
IT must be mentioned that the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2023-2028 aims to promote an inclusive, innovative, and healthy financial sector. So, the following outcomes will be pursued by the government: 1) financial inclusion broadened and deepened; 2) financial innovation strengthened and accelerated; and 3) financial sector health ensured. In fact, just last Monday, November 20, 2023, Congressional Research Fellows from the Ateneo de Manila University, namely Dr. Alvin P. Ang, Dr. Luis F. Dumlao, Mr. Genesis Kelly S. Lontoc, and Dr. Ser Percival K. Peña-Reyes, went to the House of Representatives to present their paper on strategies to achieve such desired triple outcomes in line with the PDP.
Reaching the age of 60 is a milestone that some of us are looking forward to but it’s also a reality dreaded by many. For people who worked for most of their lives, reaching the age of retirement means a life without stress or pressure and enjoying the fruits of their labor. Unfortunately, this situation does not apply to every individual, particularly for those who were not able to secure well-paying or to a lesser extent, decent jobs. The fact is that many Filipinos grow old without any savings to speak of, no pensions to enjoy and no family to take care of them during their most vulnerable period in life.
FRIEND and columnist Boo Chanco of the Philippine Star was slightly incredulous after reading my space last week, wherein I had recommended that people tap reputable online retailers to buy Christmas gifts for their loved ones, just to save them time and their sanity. On Facebook, where I had shared my column, Boo thus commented: “There are reputable online sellers? My first few experiences were absolutely not good.” (See “Gifting tips,” BusinessMirror, November 17, 2023.)
TWO friends shared their arts; two artists breaching two separate eras: Elia Kazan was a card-holder of the communist party in the 1930s; Arthur Miller wrote plays that were sympathetic to the socialist cause. Kazan, it has often been said, stayed with the party for some 19 months while Miller had often been described as having flirted with socialism, certainly a disturbing description of the playwright who wrote some of the most politically compelling pieces of his generation and more.
THE passing of Ray Butch Gamboa left a void that is hard to fill in the nation’s motoring journalism milieu. Butch—or Elvis as I fondly called him, a moniker that was very much to his liking as he was a self-confessed ardent fan of the king of Rock ‘n’ Roll—was the epitome of everything about the car world insofar as the media twins of broadcasting and writing are concerned.
Mindboggling and alarming was the pronouncement made recently by no less than an official of our land transport agency, LTO Assistant Secretary Vigor Mendoza, who said that more than 65 percent or 24 million vehicles, which have previously been registered are now unregistered or with expired registration. Worrisome as well is the fact that the government, mostly LGUs and government agency regional offices, owns many of these unregistered vehicles. This should not be the case, given that they are the ones that are supposed to uphold our laws.