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JUST A THOUGHT: ‘Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.’ – Laurence Sterne

Lito Lapid

LITO LAPID’S HERBAL FARM: Lito Lapid tends a huge herbal garden in his hometown Porac, Pampanga.

The former senator said farming is his new love, although a good role on “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” lured him away from retirement… and his serpentinas, a plant known to cure diabetes.

Lito’s paradise-like farm has all sorts of herbs and other medicinal plants.

CHARO’S NEXT FILM: Charo Santos is doing a second film under Lav Diaz, who re-launched her as an actor in 2016 through internationally acclaimed film, “Ang Babaeng Humayo.”

The former ABS-CBN president will play an overseas Filipino worker returning home from Singapore to bury her son. Details of filming will be announced soon.

ENRIQUE’S GOT AGA: Enrique Gil is cast in the comeback movie of Aga Muhlach.

If loveteam partner Liza Soberano has Darna, Enrique’s got Aga on his side.

PINOY MANNERS: Every now and then, my PASSERBY series (which has fetched thousands of likes and , thank you) on Facebook tackles social manners, attitudes and behaviour.

Joy Buensalido

Joy Buensalido

I got surprised when good friend Joy Buensalido asked if their Facebook page, “Pinoy Manners,” could include my posts on their site as well.

“Pinoy Manners: A Modern Guide To Delicadeza For All Generations,” of course, is the title of a slim, 5”x7” book that Joy wrote, dishing out tips and pointers on how men and women should behave, conduct themselves in public (and, perhaps, also in private).

Divided into 15 short, easy-reading chapters, the book offers tips and stories on how we can maintain our delicadeza towards other people. Delicadeza is a Spanish word that means kindness or attentiveness. In short, delicadeza is sensitivity to the needs or presence of others.

The 133-page book with an enticingly refined cover rendered in seafoam green, presents scenarios involving nosy neighbors, tactless friends, work etiquette and other social lapses. It teaches us how one can overcome tricky situations that can help us become once again a well – mannered person.

“Pinoy Manners” is written in a light tone, never offensive or preachy. It shows the different ways we handle our encounters with friends, family, colleagues, acquaintances and even complete strangers.

WORDS OF WISDOM: Here are some words of wisdom culled from Pinoy Manners:

  • Don’t borrow your friend’s husband, a friend’s partner is not a piece of appliance you can borrow or a “service provider” you can exploit to suit your purpose.
  • Don’t probe someone’s “deep-dark’’ family secrets.
  • Never ask for take outs in parties, unless they offer it to you.
  • Never ask someone “And you are?” as it shows that you don’t think they are important. It is better to say “I’m sorry I didn’t catch your name.”
  • Don’t mix your ex or ex’s with your current partner. It is just plain wrong.
  • Don’t overstay at relatives’ or friends’ homes when abroad.
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MANNERS ALWAYS TIMELESS, TIMELY: Thanks to the “pioneering” efforts of public relations icon Joy, today’s young people are brought back to an era where good manners and right conduct are observed.

“Pinoy Manners” tells us proper behaviour and attitudes go beyond time and place and are, in fact, timeless as they are timely.

Joy, CEO of her own Buensalido & Associates PR agency, has been an advocate of women empowerment in her more than 30 years in the field of communication. She has published a coffee table book, “100 Women Of The Philippines” and has also contributed to the books, “How To Make It In PR: PR Veterans Tell Their Stories” and “Teacher Teacher: A Tribute to Teachers Everywhere”

I love telling people she was my teacher in Broadcast Journalism at UST.

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