One year after Papa’s death

June 10, 2015 On the morning of June 10, 2015, I received a phone call from my mother that would forever change my life. Immediately after exchanging hellos, she relayed to me the heartbreaking news about my father. With her voice a bit shaky, she in our dialect softly said, Papa is already gone. Back … Continue reading One year after Papa’s death

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Papa’s love story with Haduan

Let me share with you one love story about my father, Angelo C. Lopez, Jr., who was known to many as "Sonny," and who we called “Papa” at home. I am sure this is timely given that we are still in February, which is the month of hearts. When Papa was still alive, he always … Continue reading Papa’s love story with Haduan

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,900 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people. Click here to … Continue reading 2015 in review

Papa would have turned 59 today if only…

November 27, 2015 Today is November 27, 2015. For others, it is an ordinary day, but for me and my family, it is a very special day. Why? Because it is my father’s birthday. And since it is his birthday, it should be a happy day, right? Yes. Indeed. It is supposed to be a … Continue reading Papa would have turned 59 today if only…

The message behind the message of thanks in my September 14, 2015 CDC flag raising ceremony speech

Message of thanks When the Human Resources Department Manager of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) asked me to deliver an inspirational speech for the flag raising ceremony on September 14, 2015, I immediately thought of starting it with a message of thanks. And so the moment I held the microphone during the flag raising ceremony, I … Continue reading The message behind the message of thanks in my September 14, 2015 CDC flag raising ceremony speech

IBP Pampanga’s International Legal Missions

As one of the officers of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Pampanga Chapter (IBP Pampanga), I took part in its historic first “International Legal Mission.” This was held from October 4 to 5, 2014 at the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong. Our mission was to give our modern day Filipino heroes and heroines free … Continue reading IBP Pampanga’s International Legal Missions

Congratulations and thank you Manny Pacquiao for your victory

God answered my prayer for Manny Pacquiao. Because at the end of the boxing rematch last Sunday between him and Timothy Bradley, I heard the words I was hoping to hear. And these words, which are music to my ears, and perhaps to every Filipino boxing fan, say "Pacquiao defeats Bradley in their rematch." I … Continue reading Congratulations and thank you Manny Pacquiao for your victory

Pacquiao defeats Bradley in their rematch

"Pacquiao defeats Bradley in their rematch." These are the words I am hoping to hear at the end of the boxing rematch on Sunday between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley. Though confident of a decisive victory for Pacquiao in this rematch, I will for now refrain from making any predictions for him. Because the last … Continue reading Pacquiao defeats Bradley in their rematch

Eight legal ways on how to accumulate, build, and increase immensely your personal wealth

“Behind every great fortune there is a crime,” writes Honoré de Balzac, a nineteenth-century French novelist and playwright. I came across this old adage back when I read the best selling crime novel “The Godfather,” written by Italian-American author Mario Puzo. For years, I agreed with Balzac and regarded his adage as absolutely true, firmly … Continue reading Eight legal ways on how to accumulate, build, and increase immensely your personal wealth

Prayer of lawyers and judges

When my wife Kathy was pregnant with our son Vitto, my aunt Nelia gifted her with a prayer booklet, titled “Straight from the Heart: A Prayer Companion.” Compiled and edited by Rev. Fr. Mario Jose C. Ladra, who hails from Calauan, Laguna, Straight from the Heart contains several beautifully written prayers, which, in the words … Continue reading Prayer of lawyers and judges