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Ambition and all-knowing bets

Butch Bagabuyo “If you want to reach the highest, begin at the lowest.” – Syrus, Maxims AMONG the four leading “presidentiables,” the foundling is clearly out of the race. It’s not only because the 1987 Constitution defines who are natural-born citizens–and a foundling is not one of them–but because she is ...

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Open to partnership

Ruffy Magbanua HERE’S a letter my group addressed to USAID Director Susan Brems: The Movement for a Brownout-Free Mindanao, a volunteer watchdog for the uninterrupted and sustainable power supply in Mindanao, is interested to touch base with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for  possible briefing/discussion  on  the Energy ...

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Going back to the future (3)

Mozart Pastrano Conclusion IN this retelling of the urban history of Cagayan de Oro, it is crucial to go back to 1894. That year, there was good news in town. It is difficult now to render the import and impact of that hometown news that spread like wildfire. But here it ...

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Surreal

Netnet Camomot WHEN a responsibility is offered to you and you accept it, no matter how reluctant that acceptance is, you now have the duty to meet goals for the whole duration of that responsibility. Sacrifices have to be made. If, say, your life revolves around reading and writing, you ...

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Cold soup

Ben Contreras IF we convert the money won in a lottery by an American into Philippine pesos, they would amount to more than P10 billion. With that kind of money, spending one million pesos in one day would be just a flake from one’s hair. What’s spending one million a ...

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More street names

A. Paulita Roa STREET names form a part of our public memory because they serve as reminders of our past – of the local and national events and personages that are preserved in perpetuity for the succeeding generations to know and remember the who, what, where and why in our ...

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Going back to the future (2)

Mozart Pastrano Second of three parts AND so one hundred and five years after Magellan landed on Philippine shores, the settlement that became Cagayan de Oro was born into the annals of the Spanish colonial regime. The town centro had three landmarks: the church, where today stands the Metropolitan Cathedral of ...

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Zeal, not destiny, is our way

Butch Bagabuyo “The world belongs to the energetic.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson TO prove his point, Mr. Ralph Waldo Emerson stated: “Enthusiasm is one of the world’s most powerful engines to success. When you do a thing do it with your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with ...

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Move forward anyway

Netnet Camomot FRIENDSHIP is precious and priceless. You don’t see a friend for decades, you meet after, say, 30 years, and immediately morph back to the good old days when you were both young, innocent, and fresh from the farm. That’s why you cherish your elementary and high school friends. ...

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Why towers are bombed (2)

Ruffy Magbanua OVER lunch the other day, we had an interesting discussion with a friend from Marawi on the toppling of towers and the mishandling of right-of-way issues. The relentless bombings of towers in Lanao and other vulnerable areas in Mindanao are the result of the lack of sense of community ...

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