It is another warm summer morning in the city and I am listening to nostalgic, sentimental songs that melt the heart. It is time for me to write my weekly column, a few days ahead of its Friday posting. I need gentle and love-filled music to soothe my disturbed spirit. My attention has been so riveted on the grave concerns of most Filipino families who are poor and/or afraid-to-be-poor-again. Poverty now includes the emerging learning poverty. There is disinformation, as massive as it is funded. There springs the thought of what will happen beyond my lifetime, what I and my generation will leave behind for the generations after us. I cannot help but recall the legacy my parents were building from the time I was born until they, too, reunited with their ancestors. I remember the stories of a world war that I was fortunate to not have experienced. Those stories were full of extreme difficulty for those actively resisting Japanese occupation. They were told with tears for those who died along the way, from illnesses or from bloodshed fighting the invaders. Yet, when the stories were told, the pain and bitterness were far outweighed by the pride of Filipinos… Read full this story
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