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Even in ordinary, everyday life, missed deadlines are no trifling matter. When something is not done or delivered or paid for at the agreed-upon time, there are consequences. A student who turns in a late assignment runs the risk of a failing grade. A bounced check can land its issuer in court for estafa. A business supplier unable to produce the required goods under contract faces legal liabilities. And employees habitually tardy at completing their tasks may find themselves out of work sooner or later.
By Michael L. Tan
When foreign visitors ask me about travel time within the Philippines, I sometimes crack a joke like, “Oh, the flight from Cebu to Manila is an hour, but to get from the airport to Quezon City it can take two.”
By Neal H. Cruz
The McAdore Hotel is an abandoned building in Dagupan City. When it was built years ago, it was the pride of Dagupan, earning the monikers “International Palace” and “Star of the North.” The owners had such grand plans for it.
By Ambeth R. Ocampo
Often I am asked who among the people in Philippine history I want to interview. At the top of my list, of course, is Jose Rizal followed by Apolinario Mabini, and the hot-headed Luna brothers: Juan (the painter) and Antonio (the scientist turned military general).
By Conrado de Quiros
The Philippines and Taiwan have agreed to avoid armed confrontations in dealing with fishing disputes. Henceforth, we will share maritime law enforcement, notifying each other posthaste whenever actions are taken against vessels and crews of one or the other.
By Denis Murphy
Sixty years ago this month, a group of young American Jesuit scholastics, myself among them, sailed into Manila Bay. Fr. Francisco “Fritz” Araneta was our superior. He was home after years of study abroad, and began presenting his country. He pointed out a young woman, a legendary heroine, asleep on the mountains. He spoke of Corregidor Island, and told us of its fall. Part of the story he got from another Jesuit, Fr. Pacifico Ortiz, who had been there with President Manuel Quezon until they left with Gen. Douglas MacArthur. He told us there were sharks in the waters between Corregidor and Cavite, as if he expected us to jump in if he didn’t warn us. We saw nothing but green mountains and the blue sea. It was a wonderland.
By Rina Jimenez-David
Eliminating a disease often requires solutions that rely on more than a single approach. True, many infectious diseases—such as smallpox—have been eliminated or severely limited through the use of vaccines, which protect humans against the encroachment of deadly organisms.
The celebration of the Philippine Flag, which runs up to the end of June, is about to culminate and we have just finished celebrating Independence Day, but many of us are guilty of taking our nationhood for granted. It seems love of country in the Philippines is now passé and missing in each of us. Gone are the days when owners and drivers of transport jeeps, buses, cars, trucks, even tricycles and the padyak were required to display the Philippine flag in their respective vehicles throughout the whole month of June. And many of them complied not because they felt compelled to do so, but out of sheer patriotism. The sight of Philippine flags fluttering in the wind, in sync with each other, was beautiful to watch from the top, or higher floors, of buildings.
My mother-in-law will turn 99 years old in August this year. She hardly eats much and she refuses to go to restaurants or to movie houses or to grocery stores, even to malls. She walks very slowly around the house with the aid of a cane and an “alalay.” Her vision and speech are still sharp, the only manifestation of her old age is that she tends to repeat her questions. For example, every now and then she keeps asking where my son is.
Through a Facebook-shared article (“2013 election winners should learn to sail even against the wind,” Opinion, Inquirer, 6/7/13), I found interesting my grandmother’s view on Philippine elections. Last year when I was freshman at Cornell University, I went to the Philippines to participate in an international debating conference sponsored by De La Salle University in Manila. (Thank you, Nana, for meeting me and showing me around.) Since then, I have followed with interest Philippine politics.
Financial markets worldwide have exhibited extremely erratic behavior in the past two weeks. Locally, the stock market posted last Thursday its worst performance since the subprime crisis in 2008. The peso was similarly battered, falling from a high of 40.83 to a dollar to breach the P43:$1 mark (many analysts and economists had predicted the opposite). The local bourse hit its lowest level this year. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index plunged 442.57 points (or 6.75 percent) in just a day last Thursday to 6,114.08. It was the biggest single-day loss since Oct. 27, 2008, when the local price barometer tumbled 12.27 percent just a month after investment banking giant Lehman Brothers collapsed, triggering the world’s worst financial crisis since the Great Depression at the end of the 1920s.
By Juan L. Mercado
“A good newspaper is never nearly good enough. But a lousy newspaper is a joy forever,” an old wisecrack goes. It resonated in the Philippine Press Institute (PPI) conference: “Watching the Watchdog: Re-examining Ourselves.”