Category: Street Talk

Power did not consume her

By Greg Macabenta SAN FRANCISCO The propaganda torpedoes whom the Marcos machinery mustered for the snap election in 1986 pounced on the obvious inadequacy of Corazon Aquino to foil her… Read More

Swine flu and heroism

By Greg Macabenta SAN FRANCISCO – I understand everyone is concerned over the swine flu pandemic in the Philippines.  But that’s nothing compared to the national illness being spread by… Read More

Breaking the glass ceiling

By Greg B. Macabenta SAN FRANCISCO. In America, the “glass ceiling” refers to the point considered beyond the reach of immigrants and ethnic minorities such as becoming CEO of a… Read More

Humanitarian Coalition

By Greg Macabenta SAN FRANCISCO I don’t believe I have ever seen a gathering of individuals with such a commitment to serve the needs of fellow Filipinos and fellow human… Read More

Bagumbayan Movement

SAN FRANCISCO -Dick Gordon has launched his Bagumbayan Movement. The name, obviously, is intended to communicate the kind of message and to stir the kind of voter involvement that the… Read More

On transplanting a business

SAN FRANCISCO Some Manila businessmen friends, visiting us in the San Francisco Bay Area, have expressed interest in expanding to the United States, targeting the Filipino market, for starters. In… Read More

Growing political activism

SAN FRANCISCO Reminiscent of the latter years of the Marcos dictatorship, Filipinos in America are becoming more concerned over Philippine political affairs, particularly the 2010 presidential elections. Read More

Criminal justice, RP style

Depending on which newspaper you read, Ping Lacson is either guilty as sin as the alleged mastermind in the liquidation of PR man Buddy Dacer and his driver, or the… Read More

Mixed Feeling about Equity

SAN FRANCISCO Quite frankly, we have mixed feelings about the successful inclusion of the $198-million benefits package for Filipino World War II veterans in the $787-billion economic stimulus bill recently… Read More

The President as garbage czar

By Greg Macabenta SAN FRANCISCO It’s been a while since I visited the Central American Republic of Santa Banana and so I was taken aback by the latest news coming… Read More

The Browning of America

By Greg Macabenta SAN FRANCISCO I was in Washington DC Jan. 19 for the Pearl Ball, one of the formal receptions organized in Related PostsUS House vows aid Obama sends… Read More

Chicago, Philippines

By Greg Macabenta The much-anticipated indictment of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich for corruption underscores the stark similarities between that state, which most Filipinos know better as the state of Al… Read More

The Corridors of Power

By Greg Macabenta SAN FRANCISCO I was in Washington D.C. all of the last week of November, with two days spent sitting at meetings with the federal decision-makers and regulators… Read More

Hope in mortgage crisis

By Greg Macabenta SAN FRANCISCO The Filipino community has been among the hardest hit in the wake of the mortgage meltdown, Several factors explain this. Related PostsMortgage forgiveness deadline Taxes… Read More

Boorish, baleful clowns

by Greg Macabenta Boorish, baleful comedians or BBC. That, incidentally, also stands for British Broadcasting Corporation, Related PostsBarry’s folly People Power at 25: Long road to Philippine democracy Facebook leads… Read More

Priorities and focus

So much to do. So little time. The past few days, I’ve found this to be true. As the newly elected national chair of the National Related PostsNaFFAA to boost… Read More

Walking on Ice

By Greg B. Macabenta Friends from Manila have been asking me about the effect on the average Filipino household of the catastrophe that has befallen the US financial sector. In… Read More

Street Talk By Greg B. MacabentaBy Greg B. Macabenta
Friends from Manila have been asking me about the effect on the average Filipino household of the catastrophe that has befallen the US financial sector.

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