May 19, 2022

Bongbong Marcos: Forward to the Past?

By David Haldane May 19, 2022     I don’t mind telling you that a recent Manila Times headline made me smile. “Marcos, Biden vow stronger […]
April 21, 2022

Disney Goes for Woke

By David Haldane April 21, 2022     I visited Disneyland recently prepared to be angry. Instead, my heart melted the moment I saw Goofy and […]
April 1, 2022

Defining Gender

By David Haldane March 31, 2022   The moment oozed drama. “Can you define the word ‘woman’?” a Republican senator asked President Joe Biden’s nominee for […]
March 17, 2022

TikTok Tidings

By David Haldane March 17, 2022     The news was astonishing. “Significant breaking news out of Ukraine,” the broadcaster breathlessly intoned. “Ukraine has killed a […]
March 10, 2022

Back to the Barricades

By David Haldane March 10, 2022     For the first time in decades, I feel like an antiwar protestor. It’s not an entirely novel sensation. As […]
February 24, 2022

Tik-Toking Teens

 By David Haldane Feb. 24, 2022     It became an almost weekly occurrence at our house in Surigao City. My teenage nieces would gather somewhere […]
February 10, 2022

Who Do You Trust?

By David Haldane Feb. 10, 2022     When I was a college student in Southern California, the name Ferdinand Marcos evoked visions of hell. Wasn’t […]
January 20, 2022

Studying Shakespeare

By David Haldane Jan. 20, 2022     It was the first time I recall Shakespeare ever putting a lump in my throat. It happened in […]
November 11, 2021

Rest in Peace, Uncle Jorge

By David Haldane Nov. 11, 2021   This is the story of a man and his hat. The hat is a military green cap adorned at […]
October 21, 2021

A Thousand Cuts

By David Haldane Oct. 21, 2021   The title says it all. “A Thousand Cuts” is the name of a PBS documentary in which renowned Philippine […]
July 8, 2021

Newcomer

By David Haldane July 8, 2021   New kid on the block. That describes my status at the Mindanao Gold Star Daily. And yet, back in […]
June 2, 2021

Sitting in the Dark

By David Haldane June 2, 2021   There was something soothing about the dimness. Excited, we sat in eager anticipation of the experience to come; one […]