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Good news has been in short supply in the sad aftermath of Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” but here’s a report that blazes a small trail for helping students in need. As a means of offering relief to its students from devastated Eastern Visayas, the University of the Philippines is waiving collection of tuition from at least 30 students who have cross-enrolled in UP Los Baños, in order to allow their families breathing room to take stock of their situation and begin the daunting process of rebuilding. Additionally, three students from UP Tacloban will be given free accommodation in UPLB dormitories. And UPLB Chancellor Rex Cruz has also called for pledges to cover the students’ meals for a semester.
Produced by Cameron Mackintosh with composer Claude-Michel Schonberg and lyricist Alain Boublil, “Miss Saigon” has become a Filipino treasure. Our best performing talents have made it come alive since its inaugural turn in 1989 on London’s West End, which introduced Lea Salonga in the lead role of Kim.
By Randy David
It was he who founded the underground movement that ended centuries of Spanish colonial rule over our people. Yet, the relative obscurity of Andres Bonifacio’s life and the controversial circumstances surrounding his death made it difficult to define his role in the nation’s history. No doubt, this difficulty was compounded by the coming of the Americans who used deception and superior force to turn back the Filipinos’ quest for freedom. In life or in death, a man like Bonifacio spelled danger to any colonizer.
By Fr. Jerry M. Orbos SVD
The story is told about a wife who informed her husband that her stress level is very high. She quoted her doctor as saying that one option she should consider is to go abroad and spend some time shopping and sightseeing to lower her stress level. The husband responded: “Honey, another option is to see another doctor!”
By Artemio V. Panganiban
Almost universal acclaim greeted the Supreme Court’s decision slaying the Priority Development Assistance Fund or PDAF. Although the reasons used were quite technical and legalistic, the Court nonetheless calmed the seething anger against the scams associated with the PDAF, but heightened the clamor for the prosecution of the scammers.
By Rina Jimenez-David
It’s a story that has gone “viral” over Facebook and other Internet sites. It starts with Oj Trance Atilano who, deciding to raise money for the survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” began going around his neighborhood offering “hugs” in exchange for donations for them.
By Cecilia Ejercito
I’m sure I won’t remember their faces, nor will they remember mine. Never more than an hour together, never any face time, never much conversation. My hands were only on the wheel, eyes only on the road. Our interaction was limited to me opening my car, popping the trunk, and getting them to their destination. A few directions given here and there, and some small talk about the distance I was driving—nothing more.
He was a man of paradox: In today’s terms, he would be called an out-of-school youth turned upwardly mobile worker; an orphan with a telenovela background who died a tragic, ultimately triumphant death; a social pro who created a secret society; a hero-worshipping autodidact who himself became a hero, and inspired other heroes.
By Juan L. Mercado
A church “bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets” is preferable to a Church jittery about “going astray,” Pope Francis says in “The Joy of the Gospel” published Tuesday. Fear instead being locked within rules that make us “comfortable but harsh judges.”
By Solita Collas-Monsod
I may help to get the basic facts correct in the appreciation of the issues surrounding the controversy involving Manny Pacquiao and the Bureau of Internal Revenue with regard to the taxes he paid (or did not).
By Mahar Mangahas
This week was the occasion for the annual general assembly of the Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO), the Philippines’ largest umbrella group of nongovernment organizations. Its 1,600 members nationwide are all genuine, and all detest the generalized smear caused by the fakes of the Janet Napoles scam.
By Peter Angelo V. Perfecto
Last Thursday, the 3rd National Conference of Independent Business Clubs was held in Davao. Organized by the Mindanao Business Council and Makati Business Club, some 50 leaders and members of independent business clubs gathered to focus on the theme “Venturing Outward and Moving Forward: Exploring the Regional Potential.” Among those represented were the ARMM Business Council, Cebu Business Club, and Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry.