Bernardo M. Villegas
Recent Articles

Work for Conversion of Criminals
published: Nov 25, 2016

How to Strengthen Filipino Family
published: Nov 21, 2016

Gates of Hell Won’t Prevail
published: Nov 18, 2016


A Model Family From Angeles
published: Nov 04, 2016

 
Featured Article
My Lolo Miguel the Hero (Part 1)

            My maternal grandfather, General Miguel Malvar, was born on September 27, 1865 and, therefore, we his descendants together with the whole nation will be celebrating his 150th birthday on September 27 this year.  I beg the indulgence of my readers if I use my column to remind Filipinos here and abroad about why my Lolo Miguel is considered a national hero.  I am not particularly happy that he is especially   remembered for his being the last Filipino General to surrender to the Americans. I don’t even care if, as some contend, there were other generals in other parts of the Archipelago who surrendered after him. The fuss about who was the last to surrender reminds me of how we used to celebrate the “fall of Corregidor” or the “fall of Bataan”.  I am glad that we have since given more positive labels to these national feasts.  As I hope to demonstrate in this short biography of my Lolo Miguel, his surrendering to American General J. Franklin Bell, who took command of operations in the province of Batangas and practised scorched earth tactics that took a heavy toll on guerrilla fighters and civilians alike, was an accident.  His greatness should be attributed to the way he lived heroically many human virtues during his short life of forty six years, having died of a kidney disease which he contracted while fighting in the mountains of Makiling in the company, not only of his officers and soldiers, but also of his wife and children.  Among the virtues I will highlight, in addition to the obvious valor or courage he displayed in waging war against both the Spaniards and the Americans are his humility, prudence, generosity especially to the poor and needy, honesty, and fidelity as a husband and father.  I will also elaborate on how I, one of his numerous descendants, have tried to emulate him in these virtues with the hope of encouraging as many in the Malvar clan to do the same.

   Featured Books
POSITIVE DIMENSIONS OF POPULATION GROWTH

       The historical trends, empirical findings, and policy updates are discussed in detail in the essays compiled in this book. The most convincing argument that supports the thesis of the book, i.e. that population growth is a poitive factor in attaining sustainable human development, is found in the foreword to the book, which is adopted from an article written by Mr. Roberto de Ocampo, former Finance Secretary of the Philippines and multi-awarded finance official in Asia. Thanks to the continuing growth of the Philippines population, Filipinos are in more than 100 countries all over the world, contributing much-needed foreign echange and purchasing power to the Philippine economy and fostering the human and spiritual development of the most diverse of peoples and cultures on this planet.

   Featured Video
Inside Business: Critique on RH Bill

ANC Interview by Coco Alcuaz regarding the RH bill and the Philippine economy.