Your Heart: Jesus’ Throne Room

Your Heart: Jesus’ Throne Room

By Yay Padua-Olmedo The Jews expected a conquering king, one who would rescue them from the clutches of Rome. They were disappointed. Jesus, coming to Jerusalem on a donkey, even allowed himself to be flogged and abused, then crucified! What kind of an all-powerful Savior would allow such travesty and insult? But it was all part of a big all-encompassing […]

A New Bounce

A New Bounce

By Yay Padua Olmedo “Wear your tsinelas,  or else…” a mother would always tell her kids, sometimes rather sternly. Because children love to kick their footwear off and feel the grass tickling the soles of their feet, moms concerned with their health and safety just won’t quit reminding them. Quite a number of children will not hear that warning again—ever—especially […]

More Fats, Less Carbs

More Fats, Less Carbs

Jimmy Moore lost 180 pounds in one year, and has kept it off for nine years. Most doctors and medical experts frown upon his weight-loss plan. But some physicians are taking note—because it works. At 410 pounds, Jimmy was on medication for blood pressure, cholesterol, and breathing problems, saying, “I was a mess.” Surprising key to weight loss and health […]

Dye Days

Dye Days

By Yay Padua-Olmedo “When was the last time you dyed?” Pause. Senior moment panic. Did I hear that right? “Dye” or “die”—is there a difference? Well, apart from their spelling, dyeing and dying may have a lot more in common than you think. Never missed appointments. For many of us golden girls, a dye day spells the difference between slowing […]

Check the SELFIE

Check the SELFIE

By Yay Padua-Olmedo When did we get to be so selfie? Hold the dagger looks. Let me explain. Time was when our family pictures and videos made their way quietly into our living rooms through nicely put together photo albums, and Betamax or VHS tapes, viewed for reminiscing during family bonding times. Today, we do it digitally. Through Facebook, a baby […]

Book Review: Career Success, The 48 Cs

Book Review: Career Success, The 48 Cs

Reviewed by John Mark Bernardo, OJT, Polytechnic University of the Philippines ARE you at the stage where you will be starting your career? Or, you maybe in a position where you feel you’re stuck in a career and you want to soar higher? If you’ve answered yes to either of these questions, then the book “Career Success the 48 Cs” by […]

Life in the Middle: A Book Review

Life in the Middle: A Book Review

Reviewed by Ana Marie S. Tiangco, Senior Writer/Editor IF we could check out the clientele of the most popular cosmetic surgeons in the country, we should not be surprised to see that a huge chunk  are men and women in their midlife years. They are the ones who constantly strive to look good and feel good, aware (and most of […]

Throw-away

Throw-away

By Yay Padua-Olmedo Used plastic may seem like a nuisance or an eyesore; but the enterprising collect and recycle them into tabo, batya, park benches or even polyester fabrics—a bit more interesting than what they used to be. Broken glass made new? Of course! Cullet or scrap glass, mixed with sand, soda ash and limestone, can be molded into high-value […]

Book Review: Why is There a Man and He’s Not Mine?

Book Review: Why is There a Man and He’s Not Mine?

By Ana Marie S. Tiangco, Senior Writer/Editor STATUS: Single For most women below 30, this should not pose any problem. After all, in today’s society, women are now more empowered to pursue their passions, make their own marks and fly high in their achievements before settling down. But when a lady reaches 30 with no hints of getting married anytime soon, […]

Mug Shot

Mug Shot

By Yay Padua-Olmedo Two disturbing images must have caught your eye in recent weeks: A young Hollywood heartthrob’s mug shot after his arrest for drunk driving and a host of other charges. Someone’s black and blue and unrecognizable face ─ that of a popular local entertainer ─ mugged by crazed individuals supposedly avenging the “rape” of their lady friend. Being […]

When God Turns Ashes Into Something Beautiful

When God Turns Ashes Into Something Beautiful

by Cathy Canaceli, Graphic Specialist, CBN Asia, Inc. It was one afternoon in February when I received an email from Faye, an editor from Church Strengthening Ministry, asking if I would consider writing for a book. She said that it’s going to be a devotional for young ladies–the second instalment of “Young Women On The Journey”–and that they were looking […]

Gays & their Pursuit of Happiness

Gays & their Pursuit of Happiness

By Yay Padua-Olmedo Gayness is everywhere. Television shows and movies almost always have a gay character in it. At the beauty salon, gays take centerstage with their hair and makeup artistry. And the fashion industry is packed with sought-after gay designers and stylists who have made names here and abroad. Gays elicit diverse reactions from people. Some are amused, some […]

LOL Your Cholesterol Away

LOL Your Cholesterol Away

By Yay Padua-Olmedo When was the last time you really laughed? I mean a grand laugh out loud (or LOL for short, for the benefit of seniors like me who are not accustomed to social media lingo) moment when you didn’t care if someone’s thought bubble across the room read, “İs she crazy or what?” Old people, mostly, must rediscover […]

Teaching is Beyond Cool

Teaching is Beyond Cool

By Yay Padua-Olmedo Never in my wildest dreams did I envision myself a TEACHER. Yet here I am, loving it, believing that whatever tiny grain of influence I could plant—for whatever time frame I’m allowed—would grow into something fruitful in my students’ lives. My parents were teachers. I remember drawing Nanay‘s bulletin board posters so her grade one pupils would […]

Lovestruck III: Unveiling the “S” Word

Lovestruck III: Unveiling the “S” Word

Review by Deborrah Ann Bataller, CBN Writer What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear or read the word SEX? Do you still regard it, as something sacred and pure? Or do you see it as a common practice that many people (married or not) engage in, simply to satisfy our carnal nature’s innate craving […]