February 12, 2024

Friends in Germany

By David Haldane Feb. 12, 2024     It felt like a tropical breeze. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. recently announced a trip to Germany in March. […]
January 15, 2024

The Winding Road to Zamboanga

By David Haldane Jan. 15, 2024   We should have been there by now. We should have grabbed a flight the day after Christmas and enjoyed […]
January 1, 2024

Redefining Aggression

By David Haldane   Jan. 1, 2024       It felt like a punch in the gut. The Philippines, my favorite country and historically a […]
November 23, 2023

One-Sided News

By David Haldane Nov. 23, 2023     I had just put the finishing touches on a three-minute video presentation for an annual gathering of would-be […]
November 16, 2023

Hitler on Lazada

By David Haldane Nov. 16, 2023   It felt like someone had yanked out my kidneys. Unable to sleep, I’d opened my cell phone to Facebook […]
November 2, 2023

Tension

By David Haldane Nov. 2, 2023     The revelation came while I lay leveled on the pavement. Thirty seconds earlier, I’d been speeding home on […]
October 20, 2023

Filipino Love

By David Haldane October 19, 2023     She could have been my sister-in-law. Angelyn Aguirre, a 32-year-old native of Pangasinan, had spent the last six […]
October 12, 2023

Survival

By David Haldane October 12, 2023   I had a whole other column prepared for this week, an amusing little piece about Filipinos getting 20% disability […]
March 2, 2023

Grounded Plane

By David Haldane March 2, 2023     I probably wouldn’t have seen the film without the headline. “Why is the movie ‘Plane’ banned in the […]
February 9, 2023

Soldiers

By David Haldane Feb. 9, 2023     I have a vivid memory of the coffee we sipped. It was bitter, somehow off kilter, as if […]
June 23, 2022

Dangerous Travel

By David Haldane June 23, 2022     The woman at the ticket counter looked like she’d seen a ghost. “You want to go where?” she […]
May 26, 2022

Mass Shooting: Racist or Insane?

By David Haldane May 26, 2022     It was a heart-rending headline. A crazed young man walked into a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, […]