Monthly Archives: March 2017

Two Women who Changed my Life

DIRECTLINE By Boy Abunda The Philippine Star March 30, 2017   Aside from my mother, two women influenced my life in a way that only the Divine could have arranged. What a journey it has been. Thank you for these formidable mentors who taught me how it is to live, to love, to lose, to win, to explore, to read, to question, to be content and happy, to be proud of who I am and to know who I am not. And in celebration of the International Women’s Month, I pay homage to these great women whom I am eternally…

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Stories from Sendong Victims

DIRECTLINE By Boy Abunda February 23, 2012 Here is the continuation of the story on my trip to Cagayan de Oro, one of the most affected areas hit by the wrath of Typhoon Sendong. Following are first-hand stories of people who lived to tell their tale. I met young boys and girls in the evacuation centers with stories that will forever be with me for as long as I live. Mario lost both his parents. He wanted to tell us his story but after a few words, the rest was drowned by the pain he was going through. He broke…

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Why I Love Sen. Miriam Santiago

DIRECTLINE By Boy Abunda The Philippine Star April 24, 2012 The Philippine political stage is more festive and riveting because of the phenomenal Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago. Some adore her to the point of blasphemous veneration. Others detest her like a tempestuous diva. But no one dares ignore Lady Miriam, for fear of being thrown to the Atlantic Ocean to be devoured by hungry sea monsters. Below are the reasons why I adore one of the most fascinating people in the world. 1. She makes me proud of being Bisaya. She is mighty proud of being a probinsyana. She inspires like…

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Children Learn More by What their Parents Do

By Katherine R. Oyson The Freeman March 21, 2017   Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD shares this story: “In my radio program, “Hello Father,” at Radio Veritas, I get lots of calls from children. How touching to hear these little angels who are so innocent and honest. “Once, a 6-year old boy asked on air, for prayers for his father to come back to their family so that his mother would stop crying. Another time, a little girl asked for prayers for her father to stop beating up her mother. These and many heartbreaking stories should remind us adults how much…

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Text Tula Tilt Winners •Tita Midz’s Life Story

DIRECTLINE By Boy Abunda The Philippine Star June 6, 2015 DZRH’s Radio Balintataw, a radio program hosted by Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, recently spearheaded a poetry competition titled Text Tula in celebration of Mother’s Day. The competition, which ran for eight weeks, designed to encourage people to express creatively their love for their nanay. Radio Balintataw invited Make Your Nanay Proud (MYNP) Foundation, Inc. as a partner in the worthy endeavor. “The Text Tula project with Radio Balintataw is our continuous collaboration with groups, organizations and individuals who strongly espouse the same advocacy like MYNP. That is, to make our nanay proud…

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Ang Sine Ng Buhay Ni Nanay ni Marcel Milliam

Ang Sine Ng Buhay Ni Nanay (Para Sa SineNanay 2016) Ni Marcel Milliam   Ang sine ng buhay ni Nanay Kumpleto sa sangkap Maaksyon ang bawat eksena Kailangan ng ibayong lakas   Nakikipaglaban sya sa sanlaksang kaaway Labada man yun o mga  tao Sa pagtatanggol sa kanyang mga anak Ipaglalaban nya ang pamilya.   Madrama ang bawat tagpo Puno ng pagmamahalan at minsan Iyakan din sa mga pighati At mga pagsubok na dumarating sa buhay.   Makomedya  din ang sine ni Nanay May mga tawanan na pumupuno Sa bahay at sa buhay Magaan basta’t ang pamilya’y naghahalakhakan.   May sangkap…

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Make Your Nanay Proud ni Marcel Milliam

Make Your Nanay Proud Ni Marcel Milliam   Magsusulat ako ng tula Hindi ko na masyadong hahabaan Iiksihan ko na lang para matapos agad Wala naman kasi akong bagong sasabihin.   Tungkol ito sa aking mahal na Nanay. Oh di ba? Lahat naman nasabi na? Hindi naman ako magaling na makata Kaya ano pa ba ang aking maidadagdag.   Alam na ng lahat na sya ay dakila Alam na din ang kanyang kalinga Naisulat na ng mas maganda Ang kabusilakan ng puso nya.   Nasabi na ri siguro ng iba Ang walang kapantay na pagmamahal nya Naisatula na rin ng…

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How Do You Make Your Nanay Proud?

                             That’s me at the MYNP book launching: Making one’s mother proud is not exclusive to anyone. DIRECTLINE By Boy Abunda The Philippine Star January 1, 2015 Going through the list of names who volunteered to share their thoughts for the Make Your Nanay Proud (MYNP) Book reminds me of the diligence of people who worked to gather them. At first glance, you will be amazed at the celebrity power the list conjures. Yet, flipping through the pages and reading the reflections convinced me that the book’s selling point goes beyond that “list…

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‘I am Gay. I am Normal.’

                                                                       —Illustration by PHOEBE MARQUEZ DIRECTLINE By Boy Abunda The Philippine Star March 31, 2015 Bemz Benedito, managing director of Make Your Nanay Proud (MYNP) Foundation and former congressional nominee of Ladlad partylist, sent me this open letter going around online sites and blogs. I’m printing it en toto for all who care. “My name is Rod. I am 50 years old. I am in a 22-year relationship with my partner Sam. I am gay. It is not a choice. It is not a lifestyle. It is NATURAL. I am gay and I have a God — a merciful, compassionate…

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The Beauty and Strength of Poetry

                       The great Maya Angelou once wrote, ‘There’s beauty and strength in diversity’ —AP File Photo     DIRECTLINE By Boy Abunda The Philippine Star April 7, 2015 Alone is one of my favorite poems by the great Maya Angelou. It reminds everyone that nobody does it alone in this world. It’s about relationships. It’s about our interconnectivity as human beings no matter how disparate we are from one another. “There’s beauty and strength in diversity,” Angelou once wrote. Lying, thinking Last night How to find my soul a home Where water is not thirsty And bread loaf is not…

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Why I Love Adobo

                                                                          —Illustration by Phoebe Marquez DIRECTLINE By Boy Abunda The Philippine Star July 4, 2015 Adobo will always be a favorite. I’m partial to Nanay’s recipe. It was neither dry nor masabaw, just right. She served her adobo like rice toppings. Part of the meat was crispy, yet you could cut the softened bones of her chicken adobo. It was always a treat everytime Nanay cooked her chicken adobo and her to die-for humba with black beans. Nanay wasn’t so much into cooking but her adobo was consistently sybaritic. Adobo is considered by many as the unofficial national dish of…

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Mother & Daughter Team up for ‘A Special Kind of Art’

                                                                   Clarissa Ortiz has shown strong artistic leanings DIRECTLINE By Boy Abunda The Philippine Star January 2, 2016 They say a mother’s love is always transformative and that it can work miracles in children. That certainly rings true in the story of Malu Tiongson-Ortiz and her daughter Clarissa, who was born with Down Syndrome. According to her mother, doctors at the University of San Francisco in California diagnosed the baby’s condition immediately after she was born in March 1987. “She had a round face, flat nasal bridge, slanted eyes, deformed ears, wide neck and low muscle tone,” recalls Malu. Now…

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#WomenMakeChange

Teresita Sy-Coson, Vice Chairperson of SM Investments Corporation, for #JuanaSays – “…Your ability to combine your best qualities no matter what your gender is will be your greatest source of strength.” #WomenMakeChange #MYNPSupporter (Credits: Facebook page of Philippine Commission on Women)

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Tribute to Teachers

DIRECTLINE By Boy Abunda The Philippine Star April 2, 2016   My Nanay is a retired public school teacher who taught Grade 1 pupils for 42 years, 11 months and two days at the Campesao Elementary School in my hometown of Borongan City, Eastern Samar. Growing up, I remember seeing her diligently doing her lesson plan day in and day out, on all conditions, and without fail. It was from Nanay that I learned the value of reading, of knowledge for knowledge’s sake, of always doing my best and of having a good education. These were the thoughts in my…

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Pamahiin: Debunking 5 Pinoy Pregnancy Myths

By Millie Manahan https://ph.theasianparent.com Eat twin bananas for twins? Swallow a raw egg for easier delivery? Read this to debunk the different Filipino pregnancy superstitions or “pamahiin”. If there’s one thing about the Filipino culture that people should know, it’s that Filipinos are very superstitious. In fact, Pinoys have superstitions (pamahiin) about almost everything: be it marriage, moving into a new house or one’s pregnancy. Nowadays, you’d think that parents would be more informed as to why said superstitions are nothing by myths passed down from one generation to the next, but surprisingly there is still fair share who continue…

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Transgender moves

LODESTAR by Danton Remoto Philippine Star January 14, 2017 I first met the transgender icon Bemz Benedito when she was still a research associate at the Institute of Philippine Culture at Ateneo de Manila University. It was a job she did while taking her master’s degree in Sociology from the same university. Unfortunately, a few months after I knew her, she and a fellow researcher at IPC were sexually harassed by two visiting researchers from the Indian subcontinent. Bemz and her office mate were assigned to give the visitors a tour of Tagaytay and Taal Lake. The beasts, bright though…

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2nd SineNanay Festival Awards Night (December 16, 2016)

Now on its second year, the SineNanay Short Film Festival is led by TV, movie and theater actor Mr. Arnold Reyes as Festival Director. It aims to develop and discover the creative talents of students from different schools, colleges and universities in the Metro, while staying true to its Mission and Vision of making our Nanays Proud by being the best of what we can be.   This year, the theme is open, so as long as it highlights mothers. Dr. Boy Abunda, Founding Chairman of MYNP stressed that motherhood should not be limited to traditional biological mothers- they can…

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MYNP’s Best Nanay awardees

DIRECT LINE by Boy Abunda The Philippine Star December 1, 2016   The author and founding chair of MYNP (standing, sixth from right) with this year’s Best Nanay awardees Last Oct. 29 was a red-letter day for me at the Legend Villas in Mandaluyong City. It was a day to celebrate my birthday with different mothers in the community and a day to honor the 10 Best Nanays of Make Your Nanay Proud (MYNP) Foundation which I founded, solely dedicated to all mothers in the world. A child’s love for his mother and a mother’s love for her children are…

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