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Dickens in the Philippines

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I began to read Charles Dickens two or three years after high school. I was out of school then without any great expectations.  I found myself roaming the streets of Manila with no particular direction, no sense of a future and subsisted, during these wanderings, on water and ten-peso-or-so bread.   I came to the [...]

Posted: January 15th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The patrimony of the Filipino deaf

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PAMELA, a former scholar of the Catholic Ministry to Deaf People Inc., dropped by the office last summer to update us on her life working as a teacher with the deaf community in Calbayog, Samar. She relayed to us something she had observed in the sign language of the deaf community there: Some signs are different from those used by the deaf in Manila.

Posted: November 2nd, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

PWD grade for the Aquino administration

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I have asked PWD (persons with disability) leaders to grade the Aquino administration’s efforts for the sector. We are in the season of evaluation, prompted by President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address, and I do not want the sector to be excluded again from the reports.

Posted: July 14th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Reading with ‘K’

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In K + 12, the new basic education program, the Department of Education is not introducing a formal science class until the third grade. It wants the children to focus on learning how to read first.

Posted: June 4th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Sign up

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When I traveled to Quebec City, the heart of French Canada, I realized that I had been misinformed. The locals, it turned out, were not really bilingual. They spoke French, and English was a burden.

Posted: December 4th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Erring on the side of kindness

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I was on my way home close to midnight and contemplating how I would put myself to sleep after some sleepless nights when I got a text message from a friend. “Can you call me?” the message said. I called right away, because when my friend G asks me to call at that late hour [...]

Posted: September 12th, 2011 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Uncounted casualties

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A disability advocate reported in an international conference that before the series of tsunamis struck South and Southeast Asia in 2004, there were 500 wheelchair users in a coastal town in India. After, nil. Perhaps the advocate exaggerated the figures. When I heard about the report, I dismissed it right away but I understood the [...]

Posted: July 18th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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