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By Neni Sta. Romana Cruz
When teachers introduce themselves and their careers with an apologetic “I am only a teacher,” my hackles are raised and I never pass up the chance to chide them and remind them about the vital role they play in the nurturing of hearts and minds.
By Ernesto M. Pernia
Persistent poverty has been perennially bugging the national leadership and society at large even during periods of economic growth appreciably higher than the long-term norm. It is intimately linked to joblessness, which the Social Weather Stations’ latest survey reported last Feb. 11 at 25.2 percent for 2013 (roughly equivalent to the official un- + under-employment at 24.4 percent), creating quite a media stir. Coincidentally, the SWS news appeared on the same day that the National Economic and Development Authority came out with the updated Philippine Development Plan (PDP), on which the Cabinet was reported to have met for eight hours.
By Oscar Franklin Tan
Lawyer Ernesto “Ticky” Tabujara III posts on Facebook about sharing life’s little joys with his son, photos of the junk food his household consumes, his advocacy of responsible gun ownership, and being still sexy and macho at 49. Last Feb. 25, however, he posted a completely different set of photos.
By Fr. Cecilio L. Magsino
Some 10 years ago, I joined a group of high school students to do a “work camp” in Gasan, a small town in the western coast of Marinduque. The young boys repainted the physical structure of the public school and did some repairs. While looking at the work they were doing, I happened to go inside a classroom that was used by third-year high school students. There were piles of books the students would use for their studies, and I browsed through one they used for the subject “Health and Home Economics.” The author of the book devoted a chapter to pregnancy. I don’t recall the name of the author who I think was a woman. She gave wise advice to the young: Getting pregnant is best reserved for marriage, marriage must be prepared for, courtship done at the right time in one’s life, dating and choosing one’s spouse require mature judgment and so forth.
By Denis Murphy
Life in the fishing communities of Tacloban City devastated by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” can be austere and sacred one day, and funny and quite beautiful the next. Here are some of those times.
By Cyril Belvis
I had read in a slim philosophy textbook that the love of wisdom doesn’t bake bread.
By Vicente L. Rafael
Nearly 30 years after Edsa, there is as yet no authoritative history of the Marcos years, just as a critical history of their demise has yet to be written. In the meantime, it might be worth asking: What was Edsa? What made it such a singular event?
By Butch Hernandez
During the May 2013 summer break, the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (Ibpap) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) organized several specialization training sessions for business administration and information technology (BA and IT) instructors from Cavite State University, Laguna State Polytechnic University and Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Tarlac State University, Batangas State University and Negros Oriental State University.
By John J. Carroll S.J.
I am uncomfortable with throwing around the word “miracle” too easily. In many cases I prefer to speak of Divine Providence, working in history and bringing together a series of contingent—might have been different—events and human decisions to bring about a definite outcome. Let us look at the Edsa 1986 event and some of the happenings and decisions that led to it.
By Oscar Franklin Tan
During the Silly People’s Improv Theater oracle segment the night before the Supreme Court released its decision on the Cybercrime Prevention Act, a spectator asked: “Will I be convicted of a cybercrime this year?” Protesters asked social media users to turn their profile pictures black last Feb. 25 and rally at the Edsa Shrine. Many have spontaneously cursed the high court, but specifics are curiously absent.
“Oyez! Oyez! Rise! All persons having business before the Honorable, the Supreme Court of the Philippines, are admonished to draw near and give their attention, for the Court is now sitting!”
By Rhodora V. Azanza
This is in reaction to Solita Monsod’s Feb. 15 column (“Does the academic calendar matter?”) which cited the presentation of Dr. Laura T. David during the Forum on Academic Calendar at the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UP Diliman).