By Ambeth R. Ocampo
Salcedo Auctions lived up to its “praise releases” recently by setting new auction records in the Rare Books department. Last month a first edition of Rizal’s “Noli Me Tangere,” published in Berlin in 1887, was put on the block with an estimate of P300-350,000; it sold at a whopping hammer price of P6 million. If you add the buyer’s premium and the value-added tax, the actual price paid was P7 million—the highest ever paid for a Philippine book.
By Amando Doronila
During the first leg of his trip to Europe, President Benigno Aquino III unburdened to a group of German businessmen in Berlin his concerns about the “overreach” of the Supreme Court’s review power.
By Michael L. Tan
Hong Kong’s Occupy Central is an intriguing study in civil disobedience. At this writing now into its third day (the fourth, by the time you read this), the protest action has seen the occupation of the central business district of Hong Kong by several thousand people, mostly young students who are boycotting classes.
By Neal H. Cruz
People wonder whether the four-day work week will ease the traffic woes of Metro Manila. Senator Jose Victor “JV” Ejercito, who is from San Juan, doesn’t think so.
By Rina Jimenez-David
Even as I write this, the “umbrella revolution” in Hong Kong is continuing, with crowds still filling up the streets, the footage in CNN an eerie reminder of the scenes on Edsa, although most Chinese refer to another event: the student gathering at Tiananmen Square that ended in bloodshed.