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Rome if you want to

ROME, Italy –– The phone rang at 3:30 in the morning, the LED blinking an unknown Italian number, but there was nobody on the line. Three messages had come in while I was asleep. About an hour earlier, Karl Gaspar sent a text to say he was dropping by my ...

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Naturalization procedure

THERE are several misconceptions and misunderstanding on the procedure of how a foreigner can apply for naturalization and become a Filipino citizen. Hereunder is the procedure. The foreigner must first file with the Solicitor General a sworn Declaration of Intention to Become a Citizen of the Philippines. According to Section ...

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Neutrality: no fear

“Fear is debilitating, destructive emotion in the human heart. Where faith strengthens, fear weakens. Where faith liberates, fear imprisons. Where faith empowers, fear paralyzes. Where faith encourages, fear disheartens. Where faith rejoices in its God, fear fills the heart with despair.” – Dr. James Kennedy, author, Turn it to Gold. ...

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Joseph and dreams

SOMEHOW, the name of Joseph reminds us of dreams. We have Joseph, the son of Jacob, in the Old Testament, and St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus, in the New Testament, both of whose lives were shaped by dreams. In the case of Joseph, the son of Jacob, his ...

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In favor of Bangsamoro

I WAS born in Mindanao in a place entirely inhabited by Christians. But I studied for four years in Marawi City for my bachelor’s degree mingling and interacting with Muslim Filipinos. I continued further studies somewhere in Diliman. After graduation from Diliman, I had lived and worked for many years ...

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Federating through parochial diversity

IT is very rarely pointed out in the discourse on shifting to a federal form of government but one of the main aims of federalization is to preserve the integrity of a state with a diverse population. This aspect of the federation process is certainly true for the Philippines. As ...

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On networking

FOR crying out loud, can someone outlaw networking business operations that promise huge returns of investments? I have no problem with sellers who want their products sold in the market, I don’t even care if they can cure aids as they want recruits to believe but when they sell with ...

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Power generation

THE complete supply chain of the energy sector is composed of three parts, namely power generation, power transmission and power distribution. As it is supposed to be, the local electric cooperatives are only supposed to be in the business of power distribution, and not in the business of power generation ...

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Eye candy

FLORENCE, Italy––Beige and browns, stone and bronze, marble in ash and bone, and ancient bells that constantly peal the passing time. Florence is easy on the eye. It is a tourist city that comes alive when the sun is out and goes back to rest as the sun goes down. ...

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Concon or people power?

Butch Bagabuyo “Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused by licentiousness” – Washington EVERYBODY knows that our country’s main problem is definitely not PNoy but our system of government. But certainly, PNoy enjoys our systemic woes because it makes him on top of everything. Even when ...

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