Filipino Officers of the British Empire

Honorary Award from Her Majesty the Queen (Part I) Special awards are usually granted to those who have achieved special contribution. These achievements are shown and felt in many ways – acts of charity or philanthropy, exceptional exercise of public service, corporate loyalty and longevity, academic and scholarly excellence, and many more.When I received my …

Filipino Author Featured in The Guardian

Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco British traveller, jazz singer, and a friend of mine Mr. Jack Burns sent me a link of an interesting review of a novel entitled Ilustrado written by internationally acclaimed Filipino author Miguel Syjuco. The particular Guardian article was written by British novelist and literary critic Adam Mars-Jones. His review made me …

Cambridge Manila: The Press’s Second Largest Office

The Successful Journey of Cambridge University Press Manila Office: From 10 to 360+ On the night of 27 June 2003, ten gentlemen gathered at a sporty restaurant somewhere within the Greenbelt mall. After a hearty meal the then Chief Technology Officer of Cambridge University Press stated his purpose why he gathered them that night. The …

Agent X-44: James Bond of Philippine Cinema

The Legend of Tony Falcon: The Filipino Super Spy Exotic places, futuristic cars, world-destroying villains, dangerously seductive women, Walther PPK, multi-functional pens and wrist-watches, and a glass of Martini (shaken, not stirred). All of these are well associated with the very famous British spy whose code name is 007. “The name is Bond, James Bond” …