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

Off to Baguio today!

The invitation came crawling in yesterday afternoon courtesy of a mule-riding courier. When I opened the plastic-wrapped envelope, I read with delight an invitation from the Pambansang Samahan ng mga Tagamasid at Tagapagtaguyod ng Filipino (PASATAF). Here is what it said:  “Ipinababatid ng Lupon ng Gawad Pagkilala na sa pamamagitan ninyo ay ipagkakaloob ang Natatanging Parangal para...

Where goes the ‘in-between’?

Sharp rhetorical exchanges between pro- and anti-administration forces remind me of parents at war with each other with their children caught in between both sides. The concept of a healing leadership dims with each hurtful word, every arrogant posturing. Such as this from the Palace: “The Office of the President shall safeguard executive privilege on...

This Sunday’ Column: Our OFWs and the Right to Vote

I distinctly remember several moving stories about overseas Filipino workers who stood in line so early in the morning, even before the Philippine Embassy could open its doors, in order to exercise their right to vote. This right was made possible by the passage of the Overseas Absentee Voting Law, an enabling act derived from...

Jobs, jobs, jobs

INK for Less is looking for new staff: 100 Assistant Store Managers – Female, 24-30 years old, graduate of any 4-year course; with pleasing personality, with good verbal communication skills; at least 2 years store-related work experience; flexible and willing to work long hours and during holidays; at least 5’2 in height and is computer...

Mother’s lament (Subic Rape Case)

My daughter, precious are your tears. Let me dry them with my prayers to Jesus, Son of God and Man. I feel your pain.

Eulogy for EO 464

You lived a short but useful life as the nemesis of truth, the blocking force of those believe the Senate conducts hearings in aid of destabilization. We are happy you died a legitimate death, given the questionable circumstances of your birth. We are happy that your death has become a source of hope for Filipinos...

OFW Corner

I have included as a Category an OFW Corner that will feature the latest news and services that are of great interest to our OFWs. I would also like to encourage our beloved OFWs to get their own blogs and am now working with OWWA Administrator Marianito Roque on how blogging can be included as...

Jobs, jobs, jobs

Kitaro Japanese Restaurant has job openings for the following: Store Managers – pref HRM graduate; at least 3 years experience as supervisor in a restaurant; knows how to handle personnel Management trainees – pref HRM graduate; not more than 30 years old; with at least one year experience in a restaurant Cooks – pref with...

Iblog2: A Newbie’s Perspective

My day at Iblog2 started later than most. I caught the middle of Manolo Quezon’s talk on a blogger’s rights and his or her readers’ expectations. I appreciate the generosity of spirit behind his advice for established bloggers to point the way to lesser known but equally deserving blogsites. Davao City councilor Pete Lavina expressed...

Missing father and a poem

I was searching for a poem. I wrote it a few months after my father died. I can’t recall specific lines but it was about missing the sound of his pen on paper. I stored it in my laptop and now it’s gone. Did I delete it by mistake? Or perhaps someone who borrowed my...

Important Food For Thought from Vaclav Havel

Excerpt from “The Power of the Powerless”, an essay written by Vaclav Havel during his days as a “dissident” in Czechoslovakia. Havel’s essay has had a profound impact on Eastern Europe and the Solidarity Movement during the Cold War era. “Between the aims of the post-totalitarian system and the aims of life, there is a...