Big celebration of big numbers from PAL

On the 6th month of this year, 2014; and after 6 years of work from the Philippine government and the Philippine aviation sector, Philippine Airlines (PAL), the nation’s flag carrier, proudly announced its upgrade to Category 1 by the United States Federal Aviation...

From conquering corporate America to flunking retirement

She successfully conquered the competitive and often-stressful world of corporate America… but failed in what is perceived to be a most fun and relaxing period…retirement. That’s how influential Filipina Cora Tellez, explains her professional life. “I had...

One love, nag-iisang glorya

  New York, NY – I was really just expecting to reach her voice mail. My plan was to leave a voice message. But I hadn’t even had a chance to gather my thoughts when she picked after just two rings. And instead of a generic “hello,” she greeted with me with a defini...

Finished or not finished

I feel like how I used to feel at the end of timed exams when the teacher would say: “Pens down. Now more writing. Finished or not finished, pass your papers.” I am both excited and anxious; relieved yet feeling like there are still a million things that needs to be done; because...

An open letter of gratitude

I have been saying this over and over again… that I feel blessed to have found my life partner and even more blessed to have been able to share the love with family and friends. It’s been about a week since that special day in scenic Mendocino Coast, California and my heart...

8 Life Lessons from my 8 years as a “Kababayan”

Two weeks ago, I tendered my resignation as host/producer of America’s first and only daily talk show for Filipinos in the United States, “Kababayan Today.” I have posted my farewell message on my social media accounts – www.facebook.com/JannelleSoOFFICIAL...

When winning is worse than losing

In any sport, winning is not necessarily everything. In boxing, winning can be worse than losing. “After you win a fight that people think you didn’t deserve, instead of coming out to the public walking tall, you come out with your face down, hoping nobody reminds you of that...

The Team Pacquiao Guarantee

By Jannelle So “What is more difficult to accept: the loss to Timothy Bradley via controversial decision; or the loss to Juan Manuel Marquez via knock out?” This was the question I asked at the media day of world boxing champion and congressman from the Philippines Manny Pacquiao...

Of hotdogs, garoupa and foie gras

By Jannelle So MANILA – They sell 1,200 pieces of hotdogs… On a slow day. “On good days, we average a little over 2,000,” said Chef Benedicto “Ben” Bernardo of Franks Craft Beers at Resorts World Manila (RWM) where one can enjoy unique hotdog flavors such as the...

From picking Oscar winners to frying a tilapia

They agree on who will and who should win an Oscar award this Sunday; but they disagree (and sometimes argue) on how to fry a tilapia. “Our biggest argument was how to fry a tilapia. Two writers attempting to be chefs bring out the worse in us,” said kababayan Hollywood...