The 37K debate

Kay Rivera - @inquirerdotnet 05/03/2021

There has recently been a lot of talk about what constitutes a decent living wage. This is after a Twitter post about a graduate of Ateneo de Manila University who was offered P37,000 as starting salary, but…

On community pantries

Kay Rivera - @inquirerdotnet 04/19/2021

Community pantries were all the talk across social media this week, with the Maginhawa Community Pantry being the first to generate media buzz. A community pantry is a service that provides food directly to locals suffering from…

Not for women

Kay Rivera - @inquirerdotnet 01/18/2021

Last week, President Duterte regaled us with yet more of his thoughts on women. His proclamation that the presidency was not suited for women because of the latter’s “emotional set-up” was the latest in a string of…

A post-pandemic to-do list

Kay Rivera - @inquirerdotnet 01/04/2021

The New York Times made a survey of more than 800 readers, asking them about the first things they’ll want to do after the pandemic ends. The responses were relatable, sweet, and wistful, a snapshot of diverse…

A tale of two mass gatherings

Kay Rivera - @inquirerdotnet 11/30/2020

In June 2020 at the University of the Philippines campus in Cebu, police arrested eight individuals who were participating in a rally against the anti-terrorism bill. There was no long, drawn-out investigation prior to the arrests. Authorities…

Snapshots of the storm

Kay Rivera - @inquirerdotnet 11/02/2020

It’s Sunday morning and winds are howling outside. On our barangay’s Facebook page, neighbors share photos of roads closed off because of debris or felled electrical posts. Friends send donations to people online who are asking for…

Mental health, holistic health

Kay Rivera - @inquirerdotnet 10/12/2020

World Mental Health Day was on Oct. 10, 2020. The World Health Organization’s goal for this year’s celebration was to increase investment in mental health, addressing and anticipating the increased need for mental health and psychosocial support…

The real fiction

Kay Rivera - @inquirerdotnet 10/05/2020

Since US President Donald Trump announced that he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19, the weekend has been an odd time for reflection about karma, schadenfreude, and hubris. Anyone with an appreciation for…

High stakes

Kay Rivera - @inquirerdotnet 08/31/2020

Face masks have never been more precious. After the Taal Volcano ashfall earlier this year, people rushed to buy masks, especially the coveted N95 ones. Then March came, and with it the realization of the risks and…

On blessings

Kay Rivera - @inquirerdotnet 08/24/2020

My friend, a physician in one of the smaller hospitals in Metro Manila, had a “bad” duty this weekend. He found himself resuscitating a young mother with COVID-19. Not his first COVID-19 patient, but to be so…

An appreciation for cartoons

Kay Rivera - @inquirerdotnet 08/17/2020

One of the first picture books I enjoyed as a child was called “Medals and Shoes.” It was not an illustrated children’s book, but a compilation of “Political cartoons of the times of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos,…

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