Mauro Gia Samonte

Can one be pro-Filipino without being pro-Chinese?

The question was first prompted in me by an incident I gathered from a book by the late former vice president Salvador Laurel, A...

Peace with CPP/NPA: Pact with the devil

THE Philippine political climate is once again being roiled by talk of resuming the so-called peace talks between the government and the highly personalized...

When Chinese errorturns to silver

“Sorry, my error,” wrote my informant about the name of the new Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines. “It’s Huang Xilian.” “What an error!” I exclaimed....

Riding the storm of the Philippine Olympic Committee

Last of two parts The Cayetano factor Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Ricky Vargas’ resignation actually opened the floodgates of trouble for the Southeast Asian Games...

Riding the storm of the Philippine Olympic Committee

First of two parts Back in June this year, I began preparations for a book on Philippine Sports Commission (POC) Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez, whose...

Welcome, Ambassador Huang Xiling…

TO a trying tour of duty — or so would I extend that title. Huang Xiling, the newly designated Chinese ambassador to the Philippines, takes...

At the FFCCII Christmas bash,more than food — friendship

No explanation was given, but the Federation of Filipino Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCII) thought of treating the Philippine media to an...

Art and politics of Angono’s higantes

THIS year’s observance of the town fiesta of Angono, Rizal has become a weeklong celebration — from November 17 to 24. For a town...

Seniors pin hope on Kuya Eddie

The regular Nanka Media Forum, hosted by Larry Gadon, Charlie Manalo, Al Vitangcol and Diego Cagahastian the other day, was extraordinary in a special...

Coming down to basics of trade

Far back in 1963, when I dropped out of college for lack of funds and began dabbling in writing and analyzing things around, I...

US expelled two Chinese diplomats on spying claims

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The United States quietly expelled two Chinese embassy officials in September after they drove onto a sensitive military base in Virginia, The...

Taylor Swift to headline UK’s Glastonbury Festival

LONDON: Pop superstar Taylor Swift will headline at Britain's famous Glastonbury Festival for the first time next year, organisers and the singer have announced. The...

Abducted’ Chinese returns home

THE Chinese woman who was reported to have been abducted in Makati City last week returned home, police said on Monday. Makati City Police Investigation...

Pinoys to witness partial solar eclipse after Christmas

A partial solar eclipse will be visible in the Philippines on December 26. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the solar...

Maynilad could shut down following Duterte threat

THE Duterte administration’s threat to shorten the government’s concession agreements with Manila Water Co. Inc. (Manila Water) and Maynilad Water Services Inc. (Maynilad) could force Maynilad to close, a...