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Inner Demons, White Trash, and the Filipino Survival Instinct

Angels and demons are not just beliefs in the Philippines, they are real and easy to discover if you live here for a while.  The Spanish influence seems to have created a breeding ground for demons in almost every intimate relationship. Living together is a challenge all over the world, with jealousy and self-righteousness as […]

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Why You Should Visit my Hometown, Davao

I have been to a lot of places in the Philippines but am always very happy going back home. This is of course a natural thing; “away is good, but home is best”. This old truth applies to me, but there is a lot more to it than that. Davao has become a safe and […]

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The Shadow of an Eagle

“Elected officials must serve the greater good no matter what it takes, like a father protecting and disciplining his family”. (Provincial Governor in Davao from 1959 to 1965, Vicente Duterte). A small and harmless sparrow, The Red Maya, was up to 1995 the national symbol of the Philippines. But the popular president at that time, […]

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Mindanao: A Troubled but Resourceful Island

Mindanao measures 471 kilometers from the North to the South and 521 kilometers from East to the West. It is often referred to as “the food basket of the Philippines”. With a massive expanse of undeveloped fertile land, it is considered to be the country’s “pioneer frontier”. We grow rice, corn, bananas, mangoes, pineapples, abaca, […]

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Six Ways to Deal with Cultural Differences

As a kid, it was my dream to marry someone from another culture. I guess my interest stemmed from growing up reading pocketbooks featuring handsome-rough Vikings who find great love in the middle of their sea voyages. I read with great fascination how these characters evolved and as always, ended happily ever after. Just by […]

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Mentality is Destiny

“Mentality is Destiny” is the first article on this website. I have asked my husband to write it and to include the best general advice he can think of after a long life as a sailor, actor, film director, film producer, and author. The result thrilled me; it’s so crystal-clear and simple. It touched something […]