About

Susan “Toots” Ople is the youngest daughter of the late Foreign Affairs Secretary Blas F. Ople. She has a Sunday column in Manila Bulletin’s Panorama Magazine and Tempo and two public service radio programs, “Bantay OFW” at DZXL RMN 558 every Monday to Friday, 12.30-2 pm and “Global Pinoy” at DWIZ 882 every Saturday from 5.30-6.30 pm.
A salute to all mothers in the world

A salute to all mothers in the world

Last Sunday, we joined Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Pakistan, the United States and other countries in celebrating Mother’s Day. Our day of celebration comes much later than the traditional Mother’s Day in the Gulf region that falls on March 21 of every year. A male friend of mine described Mother’s...
Inclusive growth

Inclusive growth

Do you feel the effects of a stronger, more progressive economy? If yes, then you are among the few lucky ones. Economic growth that is unaccompanied by an explosion of new jobs and better incomes would be intangible to ordinary folks, many of who find it hard to keep financially...
Fighting age discrimination in the Philippines

Fighting age discrimination in the Philippines

On Labor Day, the Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-government organization that I head, launched an online petition urging Congress to pass a law against age discrimination in the workplace. As I write this column, more than 200 petitioners have signed up in a span of two and a...
Latest entries

Missing daughters

Their search for their daughters have led them from a police precinct in Iba, Hagonoy, Bulacan all the way to the Senate where they met yesterday with Senator Mar Roxas. Concepcion Empeno, 56, is the mother of 23-year old Karen Empeno, a UP sociology student.Erlinda Cadapan, 57, is the mother of Sherlyn, a 29-year old...

In Dire Need of Shoes

1. Francisco Martin, Jr. San Isidro I, Paombong, Bulacan First Year High School San Roque High School Size 7 2. Marin San Antonio Central Elementary School From: Baranggay San Jose, Paombong Bulacan Size 7 3. Triplet a) Angelito C Nicodemus (Size 5 pambata) b) Angelo Nicodemus (Size 5 pambata) c) Angel C. Nicodemus (Size 5...

“Shoes”

When I was in grade school, trying on a new pair of shoes before the school year starts, was part of a ritual that included a search for a magnetic pencil case with secret chambers for erasers that smell like chewing gum, My mother always bought me shoes from Gregg’s. Having this pair was like...

“Nicole”

In a van, with strangers, and a driver who turned away, you were drunk with solitude, numbed with pain, startled by the lust of men who smelled your fear and revelled in it. I don’t know you, “Nicole”, but I feel for you. No woman deserved the way you were treated — slave, slut, drunken...

Remember when…

..each student had a library card which he/she must use to borrow reference books for term papers? ..you stored data on wafer-thin, black, square diskettes that went by the name “floppy”? .. children grew up with mongrels and were quite happy throwing them food scraps rather than bite-size lamb-flavored munchies? ..radios were called transistors and...

Christian Monsod speaks…

(press statement issued today by One Voice lead convener Christian Monsod) Background: Yesterday, a supporter of One Voice received a text message broadcasted by Sec. Ric Saludo that stated: “Cardinal Vidal denies signing One Voice manifesto as claimed by Monsod in Inquirer June 30, p. A19. Let’s denounce One Voice deception and sacrilege.” A second...

Superman Returns, on Imax

Thanks to TJ, Mae, and Mark of Microsoft Philippines, my daughter, Estelle, best friend and partner Fort, and myself were able to watch Superman Returns last night on SM Mall of Asia’s Imax cinema. We enjoyed free Kettle popcorn (yummy!) courtesy of Bill Gates (well, he does own Microsoft, right?) and mingled a bit while...

“Elite vs Yagit” Syndrome

My friend, Lito Lorenzana, of the Charter Change Advocacy Commission, issued a press release on the proposals of One Voice . Here are a few lines from his published statement: “(One Voice’s statement to discontinue the people’s initiative is a) snobbish and elitist remark to paralyze and kill the legitimate efforts of citizens to assert...

Blame it on the spam!

I like spam in my sandwich, not on my blog. Yet it continues to spread like virus, and every day I have to go over each poker/pharmaceutical/mortgage/college loan-spammed comments, just to obliterate them with a noiseless click. Each time, they come back, with vengeance, preventing legitimate comments — the kind I relish receiving — into...

A hale and hearty chief?

I am glad that the President has recovered from her ailment. However, the headlines that bleated this good news were quite amusing: from Manila Standard: “Hospital room is her work station” with an accompanying front page photo of an animated President with a laptop on her lap; Philippine Star was a little more dramatic: “GMA...

One Voice

Isn’t it about time that Filipinos speak with one voice? Well, a group of us has decided to do just that. One Voice is the name of a new movement composed of concerned citizens who wish to remind all players in the political realm to attend to our people’s needs before their own self-interests. This...

Voice from the past

I’ve been looking for this untitled free verse since the ERAP 5 abduction bit public consciousness. For those who have been instinctively groping for the same poem in light of current events, here it is courtesy of www.everything2.com. First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a...