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By Peter Wallace
I visited Aklan last week on the invitation of Rep. Ted Haresco to witness the groundbreaking for a new concrete bridge. The new bridge is important not only because it will improve traffic from Kalibo to Caticlan and then on to Boracay but also because it signaled new life after the devastating effects of Supertyphoon “Yolanda/Haiyan.”
By Conrado de Quiros
Frankly, I don’t know why P-Noy didn’t go and join the other heads of state to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela.
By Randy David
When one looks at pictures of the devastation wrought by Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” it is easy to be overwhelmed by the enormity of the rehabilitation work that is required to make the affected cities and towns livable again.
By Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
One of my favorite autobiographies is “Long Walk to Freedom” by Nelson Mandela, published in the 1990s after he came out of 27 years in prison (where he was known as 46664) and rising to become the first black president of South Africa.
By Christine E.V. Gonzalez
In1982, one of our community services in California was visiting orphanages. In one orphanage, we met a boy named Bryan, from the Navajo-Hopi tribes, who was particularly attached to us. He would cry whenever we left the facility. After a number of visits, we learned that the US Social Services had picked him up from a tiny apartment, where his mother lay dead. She was only 28.
By Raymundo V. Lucero Jr.
Whenever people learn that I play classical music on the piano, they automatically refer to a set of names.
By Conrado de Quiros
I had thought of writing about it earlier, but it got waylaid by far more important things. “It” is the minor version of Pacquiao vs. Rios, which is the match between Juan Ponce Enrile and Miriam Defensor-Santiago. What waylaid it was the passing of Nelson Mandela, which put everything on hold, as it should. It’s not just that some things are more important than others, it’s that this was a case of choosing between the sublime and the paralytic. I chose the sublime.
By Neal H. Cruz
Senate President Franklin Drilon was the lone guest at the Kapihan sa Manila at the Diamond Hotel last Monday. Drilon talked about a lot of things: the 2014 budget (the biggest in the entire history of the Philippines) which would be tackled next week by the bicameral conference committee; the Freedom of Information bill which has already passed the committee and is now in the plenary; the parole for former governor Antonio Leviste (Drilon said there are rules in the grant of parole to prisoners, and it should be ascertained if these rules were followed); the proposed tax exemption to Manny Pacquiao (Drilon said he does not think that is the idea of Pacquiao and that he expects a statement from him rejecting the exemption); the rehabilitation of typhoon-devastated areas (Drilon said he thinks Lacson is the right man for the job), among other subjects.
By Rina Jimenez-David
“The circle will never stop, someone will always find the weakest link,” declared Michael Fuchs, minister of the interior of Austria, welcoming delegates to the 2013 International Conference and Exhibition of Security Printers, organized by Intergraf.
By Michael L. Tan
To fully understand Nelson Mandela’s legacy—to South Africa and to the world—we need to address the issue of racism. This is especially important for us Filipinos, because we too often suffer from racial discrimination and, even sadder, we can be quite racist ourselves.
By Ambeth R. Ocampo
At a recent blockbuster exhibition on Michaelangelo in the Tokyo National Museum of Western Art, I avoided the crowds in front of major works and concentrated on two works dismissed as minor or unimportant: a marble relief depicting the Virgin and the Child Jesus, said to be Michaelangelo’s first work of sculpture; and a piece of paper with what appears to be Michaelangelo’s grocery list. Michaelangelo’s relief sculpture “Madonna of the Steps” reminded me of a copy presently in Manila where it is being passed off as—hold your breath—a work by National Artist Bencab!
By Neil Reeder
Canadians were deeply saddened by the scale of the devastation and the level of human suffering seen in the Visayas in the aftermath of Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” and Canada has been at the forefront of international efforts to assist the Philippines.