July 1, 2024

The Sea Gypsies Come Ashore

By David Haldane July 1, 2024   The joke made me cringe. “Are you a goodjau or a Badjau?” my companion asked the pretty young girl […]
June 10, 2024

Ode to a Good Friend

  By David Haldane June 10, 2024     I woke up this morning to the kind of news no one wants to hear. “My papa […]
May 20, 2024

Can America Be Trusted?

By David Haldane May 20, 2024     It’s a painful question. Especially for an American who wants, more than anything, to take pride in his […]
May 19, 2024

The Transformation and Resurrection of Siargao Island

By David Haldane May 19, 2024     It almost seemed like the old days. The days, that is, before Covid and Odette. Tourists from both […]
May 10, 2024

The Homeland I’ve Never Seen

By David Haldane May 9, 2024     My late Uncle Joe had a saying he liked to use. “Scratch a goy,” he’d say, “you got […]
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 […]