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Flowers as tribute to deceased Filipino seafarers

Dennis Gorecho . WREATH thrown into the sea is a tradition that carry to all the deceased seafarers the message of love and gratitude as the  flowers embody  life and resurrection. The wreath’s circular shape represents eternity  for it has no beginning and no end. From a Christian religious perspective, …

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What complicates the XU sale issue?

Antonio J. Montalván II . ENOUGH has been said on the XU Ateneo’s sale of its Divisoria and Manresa campuses from the three serials I had previously written. Yet questions continue to arise, some bordering on the appalling. Faculty members have approached with queries despite the historical basis narrated in …

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Preparing for a second chance

William Adan . NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental – The spirit and basic intention of RA 10592 or the Good Conduct Time Allowance law is to give a convicted felon another chance in life, that is, to re-join society as a reformed person – a new being that no longer poses as …

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Catholic peacebuilding and extractives

Karl Gaspar . SOUTH BEND, Indiana – Watching CNN’s coverage of the massive devastation resulting from Hurricane Dorian’s impact on the Bahamas – for so long the darling resort of elite tourists around the world – one recalls all the other major storms that have pummeled planet Earth including Haiyan …

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Like no one’s watching

Netnet Camomot . ON Wednesday afternoon, strong and winds and torrential rain made trees dance like no one’s watching in this corner of the village which then caused a blackout that lasted till about 10 pm—or was that midnight? Gosh. I don’t remember. Besides, how to check the time on …

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Empowering the locals

Renato Tibon . “We are ready for Federalism, which is the logical destination of the journey that we started with decentralization and devolution. If we truly want to empower the regions, we must federalize!” – Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, speech at Manila International Conference 206 AMONG the principles that …

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Enduring friendship

Dominador Awiten . PERFECT fried green tomatoes are crunchy, spicy and dippable – according to an internet recipe magazine.   The combination of the ingredients (eggs, water, all-purpose flour, cornmeal, sea salt and pepper to add to the desired taste) renders the fries delectable. The fries are pleasurable for holding up …

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Jerome

David Haldane . HIS name was Jerome. For about three months, he was our driver. Now he’s not and I am once again reduced to risking my life daily on the streets of Surigao City. Let me make one thing clear straightaway; I’m not the kind of person normally accustomed …

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Marry me, divorce me

Rhona Canoy . SO… New Congress, new Senate. The divorce discussion has been reactivated still once more. I must say, I appreciate the persistence. On the other hand, I’m confused by the opposition. Is the fear of religious domination over our political playing field still a perceived reality? How many …

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The law will catch up

Egay Uy . IN a letter dated Sept. 6, 2019 to the Regulatory and Complaint Board, Capt. Tessie Landocan Lleva, commander of Police Station No. 2 (Cogon), reported about the arrest of six persons inside Kobe Lodge in Agora, Lapasan for having a pot session.  The letter reads in part: …

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