Author: Carolyn Medel-Añonuevo (Carolyn Medel-Añonuevo)

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Growing old and transitioning to retirement

“Tanda,” a Filipino term for “old,” can also mean “sign.” So one can easily ask: What is the sign of getting old (Ano ang tanda ng tumatanda)? The song “Kahit maputi na ang buhok ko” speaks of love that persists even as one’s hair turns grey—just one sign of ageing.  Of course, the birthdate is...


Is it true that 90% of Filipino 10-year-olds can’t read?

In 2019, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) and the World Bank introduced the notion of a “learning poverty rate,” or the share of children who cannot read or comprehend a simple text at the age of 10.  Figures that emerged before the coronavirus pandemic indicated that the average learning poverty rate...