April 8, 2024

Getting History Straight

  By David Haldane April 8, 2024     Ever since moving into our house overlooking the ocean in Northern Mindanao, I’ve believed the spot was […]
April 1, 2024

A Dead Man’s Cap

By David Haldane April 1, 2024     The closest I’ve ever been to a violent Filipino revolutionary was wearing his cap. It happened three years […]
March 26, 2024

Nailed to a Cross

  By David Haldane   March 24, 2024     I vividly remember the first time I ever set foot in a Catholic Church. I must […]
March 26, 2024

Running with the Grunion

By David Haldane March 25, 2024     I felt a little homesick the other day. By “home,” I mean the coast of Southern California where […]
March 18, 2024

Digital Nomads

By David Haldane March 18, 2024     I should have been there. Billed as the Philippine’s first Digital Nomad Summit scheduled on Siargao Island last […]
March 11, 2024

Zamboanga Reimagined

By David Haldane March 11, 2024     Hanging out at the mall. That’s how thousands of Zamboaguenos spend their weekends these days. You see them […]
February 11, 2024

A Late Reinvention

A true story of true love, no matter how truly unconventional   The Manila Times Sunday Magazine 11 Feb 2024 BY DAVID HALDANE   IT started […]
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 […]
December 25, 2023

A Jewish Christmas in the Philippines

 By David Haldane Dec. 25, 2023     For me it’s always the same. Gangs of Christmas carolers gather on the patio to sing until we […]
December 4, 2023

Roasted Alligator or Fried Rattlesnake?

By David Haldane Dec. 4, 2023   I gave them fair warning. “OK,” I said, facing a bevy of Filipino in-laws, nephews, and nieces, “it’s almost […]
November 9, 2023


By David Haldane Nov. 9, 2023     I was lathered to the gills, about to step under the spigot, when the darned thing choked up. […]
October 26, 2023


  By David Haldane October 26, 2023     I was having dinner with a Filipino friend at a Manila restaurant recently when he pulled out […]