Mom’s Gulong ng Palad

I was in the 7th grade at Maryknoll when mom became widely known by her screen persona, “Aling Idad” - the character she portrayed on one of Philippine television’s longest running soap operas, “Gulong ng Palad.” Everywhere we went between the years 1977 to 1985, people would call out to her “Aling Idad!” Often, they…

Mommy’s Brew

Mommy has always loved her coffee.For many, many decades her day began, and ended with it. As a teenager, I always knew better than to talk to her, or ask for permission from her before she had her first cup of coffee for the day. Always black with sugar, never any cream. At home we…

Grief and “Better Things”

It’s strange how one simple but profound scene from a television show can transform you into a weeping mess. I’ve been home most of the time over the last 15 days since my wrist has been in a splint due to a freak accident in an elevator. And so my days have been filled with…