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.

The perils in leaving Libya

The perils in leaving Libya

Around 12,000 Filipinos remain trapped in Libya, working for an economy in shambles with looming power and water shortages as bombs fall and looting continue. News about the beheading of a construction worker and rape of a Filipino nurse drove home the message: Leave Libya now. For the Philippine government,...
Life!

Life!

Been there, done that. Have you heard that line before? It signifies an experience whether funny, sad, outrageous or tame. It implies lessons learned, to the extent of being jaded over things that happened in the past. Dead people, whom we optimistically presume to be in heaven, probably utter the...
Bending rules for human trafficking

Bending rules for human trafficking

How was it possible for a 16-year-old girl to have passed through stringent government rules and procedures in the Philippines to end up as a maltreated domestic worker in the Middle East? This is a puzzle especially for those in government when news came about a 13-year-old Filipino domestic worker...
Latest entries

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...

Jobs, jobs, jobs

My office, the Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute, is in dire need of a good graphic artist, one who knows how to do lay-outs of newsletters, publications, speeches, and is familiar with website design (knowledge of WordPress/blogging is a plus!) Applicant must have good communication skills and can work harmoniously with other members...

Jobs, jobs, jobs

Landmark is in need of the following: 1. HR Assistant Manager – female, 25-30 years old, graduate of Psychology, Industrial Management or Behavioral Sciences; proficient in English and Filipino, with at least 2 years work experience in Human Resource Development. Must be hardworking and can interact well with people at all levels of the organization....

Pre-need victims unite!

Pre-need plan holders of failed pre-paid educational companies have wisely decided to join forces and launch an integrated legal and advocacy campaign for justice. This corner wishes the Parents Enabling Parents (PEP) Coalition the best of luck in the battles that lie ahead. The coalition is composed of more than 4,000 parents who paid monthly...

Sunday column: “The Magical World of Blogs”

Wikipedia on “blogging” :The term blog is a blend of the terms web and log, leading to web log, weblog, and finally blog. Authoring a blog, maintaining a blog or adding an article to an existing blog is called blogging. Individual articles on a blog are called “blog posts”, “posts” or “entries”. A person who...

Light a candle against Cha-cha

If you believe in the following: 1) Our political/economic/social problems are not due to a faulty Constitution but due to corruption, abuse of power, a fast-growing population, rules that change midstream, snail-paced justice system, and other problems caused by people and weak institutions but not by the Constitution itself. 2) Charter change should not be...

Jobs, jobs, jobs

Would you like to work in Australia? If yes, visit www.poea.gov.ph and find out about the forthcoming Jobs Expo sponsored by no less than the Embassy of Australia. Word of caution: specific job skills/occupations are needed so take a look-see at the list of job categories that are open for applicants. Also on the POEA website:...

You know times are hard when..

You know times are hard when.. Text jokes, especially the political kind, have drastically decreased. Yuppies buy banana cue rather than banana cake at Starbuck’s. You have a cupboard filled with sachets rather than shampoo bottles, detergent boxes and canned goods. Your children have become instant homebodies, saving whatever is left from their allowance for E-loads. You...

“Foreign Affairs on Saturdays”

What are you doing this Saturday? A movie, laundry, a visit to the province? If you don’t have any clear plans at all and would like to take a stab at learning something new, we invite you to consider joining our discussion circle this Saturday, May 6, 2 to 4 pm at the Blas F....

American Idol 5

A few hours from now (around 5 pm), lots of people in Asia will tune in to watch the remaining 5 contestants in American Idol sing their hearts out before millions of people worldwide and three famous judges in the studio. My brother, Bulos, who is based in LA, sent me this brief report on...