WELCOME TO THE BUSINESSWEEK MINDANAO GROUP OF NEWSPAPERS.
BusinessWeek Mindanao (November 13, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (November 13, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (November 12, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (November 12, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (November 11, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (November 11, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (November 10-11, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (November 10, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (November 9, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (November 9, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (November 9, 2015)CDOTIMES (November 7-13, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (November 6, 2015)Mindanao Daily News (November 6, 2015)Mindanao Daily News (November 5, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (November 4, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (November 4, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (November 2-3, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (November 2-3, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (October 30, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (October 30, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (October 29, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (October 28, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (October 28, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (October 27, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (October 26, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (October 26, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (October 25, 2015)The Cagayan Times (October 24-30, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (October 24, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (October 23, 2015)Businessweek Mindanao (October 22-23, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (October 22, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (October 22, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (October 21, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (October 21, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (October 21, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (October 20, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (October 20, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (October 19, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (October 19, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (October 19, 2015)CDOTIMES (October 17-23, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (October 17, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (October 16, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (October 15-16, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (October 15, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (October 13-14, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (October 14, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (October 14, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (October 13, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (October 13, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (October 12, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (October 12, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (October 12, 2015)CDOTIMES (October 10-16, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (October 8-9, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (October 9, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (October 9, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (October 8, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (October 6-7, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (October 7, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (October 7, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (October 6, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (October 6, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (October 5, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (October 5, 2015)CDOTIMES (October 3-9, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (October 3, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (October 2, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (October 2, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (October 2, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (October 1, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (October 1, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (September 30, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (September 30, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (September 30, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (September 29, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (September 28-29, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (September 28, 2015)Mindanao Daily Davao (September 28, 2015)CDOTIMES (September 26-October 2, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (September 25, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (September 24-25, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (September 24, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (September 24, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (September 23, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (September 23, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (September 22, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (September 22, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (September 21-22, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (September 21, 2015)CDOTIMES (September 18-25, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (September 19-20, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (September 19, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (September 18, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (September 17-18, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (September 17, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (September 17, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (September 16, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (September 16, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (September 15, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (September 14-15, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (September 14, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (September 14, 2015)CDOTIMES (September 12-18, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (September 11, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (September 11, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (September 11, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (September 10, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (September 10, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (September 10, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (September 9, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (September 9, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (September 8, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (September 8, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (September 8, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (September 7, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (September 7, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (September 7, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (September 6-8, 2015)CDOTIMES (September 5-11, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (September 4, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (September 4, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (September 3-4, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (September 3, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (September 3, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (September 2, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (September 2, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (September 2, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (September 2, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (September 1, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (September 1, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (August 31, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (August 31, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (August 31, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (August 30 - September 1, 2015)CDOTIMES (August 29 - September 4, 2015)Mindanao Daily News (August 29, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (August 28, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (August 28, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (August 28, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (August 27, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (August 27, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (August 27, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (August 26, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (August 26, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (August 26, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (August 26, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (August 25, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (August 25, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (August 24, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (August 24, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (August 23-24, 2015)CDOTIMES (August 22-28, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (August 21, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (August 21, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (August 21, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (August 20, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (August 20, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (August 19, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (August 19, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (August 18, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (August 18, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (August 17, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (August 17, 2015)Mindanao Star (August 15-21, 2015)CDOTIMES (August 15-21, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (August 14-15, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (August 14, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (August 14, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (August 14, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (August 13, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (August 13, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (August 13, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (August 12, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (August 12, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (August 12, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (August 12, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (August 11, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (August 11, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (August 11, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (August 10, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (August 10, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (August 10, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (August 10, 2015)CDOTIMES (August 8-14, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (August 7, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (August 7, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (August 7, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (August 7, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (August 6, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (August 6, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (August 5, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (August 5, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (August 5, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (August 5, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (August 4, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (August 4, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (August 4, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (August 3, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (August 3, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (August 3, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (August 3, 2015)Mindanao Daily News (August 1, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (July 31, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (July 31, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (July 30-31, 2015)CDOTIMES Commemorative Edition (July 31, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (July 30, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (July 30, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (July 29, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (July 29, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (July 29, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (July 28-29, 2015)CDOTIMES (July 25-30, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (July 28, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (July 28, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (July 28, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (July 27, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (July 27, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (July 27, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (July 24-25, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (July 24, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (July 24, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (July 24, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (July 23, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (July 23, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (July 22-23, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (July 22, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (July 22, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (July 22, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (July 21, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (July 21, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (July 21, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (July 20-21, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (July 20, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (July 20, 2015)CDOTIMES (July 18-24, 2015)Mindanao Daily News (July 18, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (July 17, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (July 17, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (July 17, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (July 16-17, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (July 16, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (July 16, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (July 16, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (July 15-16, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (July 15, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (July 15, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (July 14, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (July 14, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (July 13-14, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (July 13, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (July 13, 2015)CDOTIMES (July 11-17, 2015)Mindanao Daily News (July 11, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (July 10-11, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (July 10, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (July 10, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (July 10, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (July 9, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (July 9, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (July 8-9, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (July 8, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (July 8, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (July 7, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (July 7, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (July 6-7, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (July 6, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (July 6, 2015)Mindanao Daily News (July 5, 2015)CDOTIMES (July 4-10, 2015)Mindanao Daily News (July 4, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (July 3-4, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (July 3, 2015)Mindanao Daily Business (July 3, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (July 2, 2015)Mindanao Daily Davao (July 2, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (July 2, 2015)BusinessWeek Mindanao (July 1-2, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (July 1, 2015)Mindanao Daily Davao/Business (July 1, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (July 1, 2015)Mindanao Daily Northmin (June 30, 2015)Mindanao Daily Davao (June 30, 2015)Mindanao Daily Caraga (June 30, 2015)


Going out

DegeestThe Philippine Connection

By Jan J.I. Degeest

It is winter in Europe. Winter, that means it is very tugnaw, not like 21 degrees Celsius, what is tugnaw for you, but already quite init for us, but more like 0 degrees Celsius. Or less. It can be minus 10 in January. You have cold feet and hands, even when wearing gloves and thick shoes, your nose is red and frozen and your breath comes out your mouth turning into smoke.
The worst of all, however, is the lack of sun, the dark days. People are grumpy and depressed, the streets and bars are mostly empty on weekdays. If I tell this to my Pinoy friends, sitting together in our shorts and enjoying a cold San Mig’ or a Tanduay Ice, they look at me and laugh.
We would love to see and feel the snow, to experience winter and to be wrapped in the cold. You always exaggerate, we know you. Snow is like in the Christmas movies, a Disney experience, it is fun and cozy…. And I in my turn watch them, sitting in the shadow near the seaside, joking, eating and drinking.
How can I explain life in Belgium, the everyday work routine, the cold and the real Western world to them? And is it worth it? Maybe it is better to keep your dreams and expectations intact, who am I to shatter them?  Belgium is a country near America, they joke. We know America, it is like in the movies and the telenovelas. And one day, we will go there.
On holiday and to work. Because working abroad is the Philippine American dream: earn enough money to help your family. Family, the most important issue. But not today, tomorrow maybe. Maňana, as the Spanish say.
First of all, let us eat some more Kinilaw, my favorite food… And the day passes in absolute luxury, we watch the sun going down and finally, there is always a jeepney of tricycle to bring us back home.
The night is still young, the streets are filled with people and joy. Bayad ko and I am safely home.
Friday evening. For almost a week, Jeana is preparing her night out with her friends. She made reservation in a design restaurant in the city center, just ten minutes away (on foot) from our house. First, they were three friends. Then five.
Finally reservation for eleven. Maybe fifteen in the restaurant. You never know. Because, a true Pinay, abroad or not, never misses a party. And that is the spirit! Make fun and work hard. Tomorrow is another day.
Suddenly, she calls me. What shall I wear, she says. We agreed we would put on fancy dresses, a bit special for this occasion. I know my wife, so I show her the green dress she was wearing two weeks ago at my parent’s place, considering that she will take the white, short one in response, which is the one I want her to wear. She puts on her make-up, I sing silently with Eric Clapton while I watch her in the bathroom, and then it is time for the most difficult ritual: the shoes. She has nothing to wear but tries several on.
Shall I wear high heels or boots, she asks, and after some discussion, we agree on boots with high heels, the best of two worlds for her and for me. A winter jacket and an umbrella, gloves and a scarf later, she is ready to leave.
I kiss her goodbye and escort her to the door, watching how she faints away in the dark medieval streets of Ghent.
Back in Davao, I see a woman coming out of a little corridor in between the houses. She wears a white short dress, her hair is bright and shiny, her make-up is brought on in a very careful way and putting the accent on her Asian beauty.
She wears boots with high heels, though it is more than 30 degrees Celsius outside. Maybe some things never change, and are we not so different after all. Salamat po!
••
Jan J.I. Degeest (°1970) is an Art Historian, novelist and Rotarian – incoming president of Gent-Prinsenhof. He worked for several Belgian Secretaries of State and is actually Director of Communications at the Institute of Frescography, official book reviewer for Medievalists.net and Secretary General of the Non Profit Organization of Belgian and Luxembourgian Rotary Clubs. He is married to Jeana (°1970) and has one son, Elias. They live in the heart of the historical city of Ghent, Belgium. Any comments on this column are welcome on [email protected]