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By Oscar Franklin Tan
Life’s most fascinating encounters happen by chance. I was walking out of Greenbelt with heavy packages when someone offered to help me. He turned out to be Jerson Samson, a painter who was my contemporary at the University of the Philippines and who had just raced down from Antipolo on a motorcycle to Ayala [...]
I was touched by the Dec. 8 front-page Inquirer story on Pfc. Jessie Ponce. His was not only a moving story, it was inspiring as well, made more admirable because he had lost a brother, a sister, nephews, nieces and other relatives when Supertyphoon “Yolanda” laid to waste Tacloban City last Nov. 8. He knew [...]
This is in reference to Rudy L. Coronel’s letter titled “Questions for First Gas, Meralco” (Opinion, 12/11/13). Coronel asked some questions related to the First Gas power plants’ switch to an alternative fuel source while natural gas from the Malampaya facility would not be available due to the latter’s periodic maintenance. It is public knowledge [...]
We refer to the banner story titled “Xerox gang in DBM bared” and a front-page story “DBM ‘Xerox gang’ out to get Saro info—Abad” that came out in the Dec. 5 and 6 Inquirer issues, respectively. The word “Xerox” is a protected trade name of Xerox Corporation and is recognized all over the world. Although [...]
“Before they can rebuild their lives, they have to reconstruct their hearts” (“To rebuild, Pinoys must ‘reconstruct their hearts,’” Front Page, 12/1/13). With due respect to Yoshinobu Fukasawa of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme-UN Habitat, these words of his left me with a very heavy heart. On the first Sunday of Advent, in traditional [...]
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.
It was disconcerting to hear Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman’s announcement that relief operations in Supertyphoon “Yolanda”-devastated areas will end in December. This was made amid reports about the inexplicably inadequate amount of government relief assistance reaching typhoon victims.