Nanay Says: Mr. John

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 11/16/2019

We were eagerly waiting for them to arrive inside one of the classrooms of Fudan University in Shanghai, China.  It was not the first time for us, scholars of the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation (GBF) China Scholarship Program,…

Is it forevermore for Sarah and Matteo?

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 11/07/2019

Is couple Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Guidicelli already engaged? On Thursday night, November 7, Guidicelli posted in his Instagram account @matteog, two photos of himself and Geronimo with the caption: “I love you my love, now and…

This climb for Malu

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 11/02/2019

BUKIDNON – – The acrid smell of disappointment filled the air when the coordinator officially announced that all six trails leading to the Mount Apo National Park are closed.  The final decision came after a magnitude 6.5…

5 things you may not know about Argao 

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 10/21/2019

You know Argao for its 3Ts: torta, tuba and tablea. While we enjoy this town’s culinary heritage that highlights every visit, food is not the only reason why you should visit Argao.  In a recent trip to…

Water and trees

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 10/19/2019

There was a special smell in the air that day much like the sweet aroma of pine trees in Baguio City that I used to imagine to see in person while watching movies on television. It was…

Reverie at 33

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 08/17/2019

When my siblings and I saw the rice fields of Barangay San Juan, Ormoc City, we cheered with the passion and noise similar to football fans when their team scores a goal. It was our first time…

Visayan music

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 08/03/2019

I grew up in a home where Sunday mornings were all about the songs of Max Surban and cassette tapes which my grandfather, Diosdado Sr., called “standard Bisaya” music. Living in a house next to my grandparents…

Cebuano youth leader, 4 others to embark in adventure travel with Cebu Pacific’s Juan for Fun 2019

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 08/01/2019

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu— Cebuano youth leader Jessica Resch will join four other young adventurers in Cebu Pacific’s Juan for Fun 2019 in a quest to visit destinations to cultivate a deeper appreciation for the country. Resch, who…

Let’s talk about postpartum depression

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 07/27/2019

  News of a mother drowning her 11-month-old baby reached me while I was in a learning session with colleagues on responsible media coverage of children.  It’s heartbreaking.  A child, who is only a month shy of…

Volunteers on National Children’s Book Day

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 07/20/2019

  July is an exciting month for storytellers, book lovers and reading advocates as this is the month when we celebrate the National Children’s Book Day (NCBD). NCBD commemorates the date of the publication of Jose Rizal’s…

Nature and scouts

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 07/06/2019

My six-year-old son wants to be a boy scout. He made this announcement as we walked from the highway to his school. He said his classmate, Seve, wears two types of uniforms: Type A and Type B.…

Happy Day

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 06/29/2019

“Mom, can you please stop watching movies with people who say those bad words?” We were walking from our guesthouse toward the Lavender stop on the East West Line of the Singapore MRT when my five-year-old daughter…

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