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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 [...]
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 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.
By Denis Murphy
Pope Francis, in his gripping pastoral letter “The Joy of the Gospel,” calls the Church to a new evangelization. Two of his challenges have special importance for the Philippines: his condemnation of “trickle down” or “growth without jobs” capitalism, and the importance he assigns to the poor in the life of the Church. The [...]
By Jorge Domecq
The natural calamities that have struck the Philippines in the last two months, and particularly Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” have triggered an unprecedented wave of solidarity from international organizations and countries around the world, Spain in particular. The volume of the response in terms of emergency relief is unheard of.
By Belinda A. Aquino
As Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international codename: Haiyan) rained death and destruction on central Philippines on Nov. 8, an equally ferocious human storm was raging across the halls of the Hawaii State Legislature over the burning issue of same-sex marriage.
By Butch Hernandez
About a year ago, in his presentation in one of the literacy policy dialogues of the Department of Education, Marcial Salvatierra of the Education Development Center (EDC) said we could significantly improve the reading competency of learners in the early grades through a focused set of interventions implemented consistently over time.
By Leonardo L. Leonidas
Why are we not teaching our students the barriers to learning? We are telling them lots of things to learn, like calculus, chemistry, physics, history, Jose Rizal, etc., but we are not teaching them how the brain functions and learns.
By Narciso M. Reyes Jr.
While the pious among us continue to wag accusing fingers at the looters in devastated Tacloban City, it would be wise for them to pause and reflect on the universality of this seemingly perverse human instinct. For it is obvious that just as in individuals there is a tipping point in behavior when civility or [...]
By Oscar Franklin Tan
The Supreme Court announced its landmark ruling that lawmakers’ pork barrel is unconstitutional but released the complete decision days later. The weighty question in that interim is why Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was announced as “concurring in the result only” in the decision of the decade. It turns out that she and Justice Marvic Leonen argue that the decision does not require budget allocations to be line items and prohibit lump sums.
By David Benton
When we are ill and we take some medicine, each of us probably has the same mixed feelings of relief and hope that it will make us feel better. Most of us usually get our medicines from somewhere reliable, someone we trust: a pharmacy, a doctor or a nurse. No matter where we get it, the hope is always the same—that it will work and improve our condition. We rarely think that it might not actually work because the pill is fake.
By Denis Murphy
These days, President Aquino faces a storm surge of suggestions on how to run the government’s reconstruction program in the areas walloped by Supertyphoon “Yolanda.” The purpose of this piece (and of a roundtable on reconstruction matters to be held in mid-December) is to help the President and his assistants to sort through the suggestions pouring into their offices. Some are good; some are not so useful.