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...
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Da Vinci Code

Don’t be duped into seeing this movie…via a pirated DVD! According to a Reuters story as published in today’s Inquirer, enterprising hawkers are repackaging a documentary on “The Da Vinci Code” as the Tom Hanks flick. The documentary runs for an hour and is actually entitled, “Unlocking the Da Vinci Code.” One more reason why...

Insomnia

2:36 a.m. My daughter is fast asleep. So is my dog, Monet. I am awake, still. And so I blog, to march my thoughts across a white screen. I start, tentatively, to write while CNN reports the news. Our neighborhood is quiet, and I am happy to be in the midst of my silent neighbors. I...

Sa isang pagpupulong…

Ito ang kuwento sa akin ng isang malapit na kaibigan na dumalo sa pagpupulong tungkol sa Cha-cha na ginanap noon nakaraang linggo sa aming lalawigan: “99% ng tuloy ang Cha-cha. Pati mga barangay captain napahanga noong ipinapaliwanag ng isang kongresista at mga opisyal kung gaano na kaayos at kabilis ang takbo ng tren. May nagtanong,...

Today’s column:”Happy Mother’s Day!”

Mother’s Day is a marketing ploy engineered to drive families out of their homes and into the malls of their choice. Flower shops welcome this day as delicate bouquets of mums, carnations, and roses are lovingly put together as floral tributes to mothers around the country. Hallmark cards are chosen carefully and sent by courier...

7 Silly gifts for famous mothers on Mother’s Day

1. DVD collection of “Friends”, Angela Jolie 2. Broken train set, PGMA 3. Valium before a show, Paula Abdul 4. A new hacienda, Tita Cory 5. Ambush make-over, Madame Auring 6. Her own blog, Kris Aquino (why make hirap pa with Adsense when there’s Bench, Krissa papaya soap, etc. naman) 7.  New parliament with FVR as...

Miriam says no more Senate in July

“There will be no more Senate by July. Between May 15 when the present session resumes, and July 24 when a new regular session begins, the Supreme Court will have enough time to hear and decide a test resolution to convene a constituent assembly.” My comments: If we really care about the country, then we...

mother

mother, am i you in the cosmos of time, you in the twin of a wink of random consciousness? Am I you pretending to be free? Or am I free to attempt to be you? And if it seems that I avoid you, is it because of the memory long forgotten of how you tried,...

Leave the AFP alone! — Biazon tells chacha advocacy group

Senator Rodolfo “Pong” Biazon went to the Senate today for a press conference on the Advocacy Commission’s pro-cha-cha forum held before the Assocition of Flag Officers of the Philippines. Here is what the senator said:  “There is a report that Malcanang is mobilizing the AFP to support the administration’s drive to effect a charter change....

Chris has left the stage

Who would have guessed it? I certainly did not expect Chris the Rocker to be dropped from the Am Idol finals. Better him than Elliot Yasmin, though! Katherine and Chris were in the bottom 2 which must have been a tremendous lift for Elliot’s spirits. Clearly, Taylor Hicks enjoys the support of a solid fan base and...

Senators Kiko and Mar speak out on Cha-cha

Yesterday morning, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Bulacan chapter inaugurated its new building in Malolos (within the provincial capitol compound) simply and with substance. IBP Bulacan also held its first forum on the ongoing People’s Initiative. Invited as resource persons were good friends, Senators Kiko Pangilinan and Mar Roxas. Both explained their position on...

American Idol: Top 3

In a matter of hours, Am Idol fans like me will know who will remain as the top 3 contenders for the title of American Idol 2006. The Elvis round was quite fun! It made me realize how good some of these Elvis top hits were. Taylor Hicks sang “In the Ghetto” with full respect...

World’s Top Eleven Bloggers (A Mythical Line-up)

1. Jesus Christ — “Holy Blog”; site meter to go ballistic after The Da Vinci Code is shown. 2. Osama Bin Laden — photoblog entitled, “Guess where I am” 3. US President George Bush — Technorati tags: war, terror, Iraq, Iran (and that’s it!) 4. Hilary Clinton — blog’s title, “Why I’m better than Bill...