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Nanny story

Karl Gaspar .  MANY Filipinos who enjoy watching films that do not insult their intelligence are sighing with relief now that the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) is finally over. Except perhaps for one film (Sunset Paradise, which predictably won most of the awards), the rest had very little redeeming ...

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Unusual and unexpected

Fr. Leo Pabayo .  THEY were expecting His coming. There was so much buzz among the Chosen People that the Messiah, the Savior was coming. But when He came, it escaped their notice completely. The circumstances of the birth of the Savior were most unusual and not expected by them. ...

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What makes a smart city?

Ike Señeres .  A FEW years ago, a city in Metro Manila claimed to be the cleanest city, despite the fact that its rivers were still heavily polluted. Recently, another city claimed to be “smart”, based on the fact that its CCTV cameras are now connected to a centralized monitoring ...

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Our attitude towards life’s struggles

Fr. Roy Cimagala .  WE need to examine our attitude towards the unavoidable struggles we have in life. These struggles can be in all fronts—spiritual, moral, material, social, personal, etc. We need to ask ourselves whether we know why we have these struggles and whether they have some meaning and ...

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A defiant hope for 2019

Karl Gaspar .  JUST for the fun of it, I googled Chinese astrology’s predictions for 2019. The posting I managed to search indicated that “2019 is a great year to make money, and a good year to invest!” It also indicated that it is “going to be full of joy, ...

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Consumer protection

Egay Uy .  SHOPPERS should be conscious on how supermarkets display items on the shelves and their supposed price tags.  Last week, my son Jose and I were at one of the older supermarkets to buy a few items.  Among those that we bought was a pouch of coffee creamer. ...

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Post-Christmas spree

Netnet Camomot .  ALL that food ended up in your waist, hips, cottage-cheese thighs, upper arms, face, even the nose. Yeah, blame it on Christmas. Kaluoy tawon ni Jesus—His birthday is always blamed for the holiday-season eating, drinking, shopping despite the fact that it’s the Christmas tree and not the ...

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Every moment an encounter with God

Fr. Roy Cimagala .  WE need to be most aware that every moment and situation can and should be an encounter with God. And this is no gratuitous assertion, considering that God is omnipresent. Psalm 139 expresses this truth very beautifully. “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can ...

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Mary, Joseph and the shepherds

Fr. Leo Pabayo .  THE Savior is born and the first ones who get the good news are shepherds. What was it in the shepherds that made them so privileged to be the first to hear the good news? Perhaps it was their closeness to nature. They behold the stars ...

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Filipino of the Year 2018

William Adan .  NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental — If it goes to the votes, I would cast mine like last year, to His Excellency Rodrigo Roa Duterte as the 2018 Filipino of the year. There is no contest: President DU30 is the most popular, the most adored and also the most ...

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