Memorial Post: Susan Quimpo and “Subversive Lives,” Part 1

At the end of August of 2021, I was very saddened to hear from   Sarita Chiu, daughter of Susan Quimpo (pronounced Kimpo), that Susan had died last summer of systemic scleroderma, a rare autoimmune disease that affected her heart and lung. The Cultural Center of the Philippines is now preparing to honor her as one of the departed individuals who were part of their community. Susan is an author of Subversive Lives: a Family Memoir of the Marcos Year and a popular speaker on that topic, bringing history to people who are too young to

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A Very Inclusive Spirituality

I met Reverend Tet when a friend in Japan suggested I join her at a Zoom talk by the President of the Unitarian Universalist Church in the Philippines, Tet Gallardo. Her spirituality is very eclectic and includes both Islam and Buddhism. A few days later the two of us talked via Facebook Messenger. Thanks to Tet for the photos.

The Zoom talk began with this poem, which proved to be an excellent introduction and summary of what she had to say:

There’s My Temple

By Ma Theresa “Tet” Gustilo Gallardo

There’s my temple!
Believer, unbeliever or wild one.
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A Freelance Digital Ninja in the Philippines, Part 2

For me as a writer it’s gratifying to “publish” on the website every month without having to spend millennia trying to find an agent, which is what I’m doing with the first novel manuscript. But there’s a lot more involved with a website than I knew when I started this in 2009.

In Part 1 of this post, Junno Gonzales details what’s involved in setting up and maintaining a website if you do it properly, which I did not. In Part 2 we discuss the human side, like freelance work, possible communication problems, and the dynamics of international work. 

Junno’s

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A Freelance Digital Ninja in the Philippines, Part 1

When I was in Oregon in July 2009, I hired a friend of a friend to set up a website for me. He used an all-purpose theme from WordPress. Later he made some adjustments because I couldn’t access it from the Philippines. Then he disappeared. I was unable to find anyone here to help me. I knew nothing about websites, but managed to figure out enough to post regularly.

Ten or eleven years later I found a developer who remodeled the site, and I was delighted that he clearly understood the material I was uploading. On the front end, the Read More