HIV and The Priest

Circulating on Facebook is a poster with a non-Catholic priest openly admitting that he has HIV. The poster reads: “I am a priest. I got tested for HIV. Your HIV status is a medical diagnosis, not a moral judgment.” Many, including myself, are ignorant about HIV. Even those who have contracted it are not fully…

Transformational Change

They say that the only constant in this world is “change”. Day in and out, by the millisecond, there is that – change. And even when we refuse to change, the process of refusing to change is hardly consistent. The introspection that we go through is never the same. The factors that weigh in on…

Consumer Activism

Many misconstrue consumer activism for radicalism. It is not. One serves to increase awareness and initiate action for common good; the other can be considered blind adherence to principles often depicted as misguided and self-absorbed. In a consumer summit I attended in Manila sometime November this year, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) highlighted…

Reduce vs Eradicate

John Garrison, civil society specialist at the World Bank in Washington, DC, made a good point. He said when he started working in the Bank, he was always corrected as regards his take on curbing poverty: “Reduce, not eradicate.” Those two words (“reduce” and “eradicate”) might seem the same. After all, either way, the intent…

I could have… but I didn’t

(Sometimes it is better to be straightforward about your feelings. Sometimes it proves best to have kept your mouth shut and trapped that heartbeat in. A poem I made some 4 years ago.) The view conspires. Cool breeze wraps the night; Table-setting suppresses formality; Waves whisper comfort; Lamps dim monotony; Candle dazzles disruptions. I could…

Panic Disorder

Your heart beats faster. Your hands shake. You feel cold and start to sweat bullets. Your eyes squint as you keep balance. “Am I getting a heart attack?” This is a normal occurrence for an abnormality known as “panic disorder”. Not many know its name but a good number have experienced it. Some have overcome…