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Clearly due reward for Miss Nora Aunor

In his June 30, 2014 opinion piece, Inquirer columnist Antonio Montalvan II gives his own take on the exclusion of Nora Aunor from the latest list of new national artist awardees.

Posted: July 12th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Samar-Leyte more than thrice

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Ambeth Ocampo’s lament is right. We never learn from the lessons of history. It appears that Tacloban was hit by a storm surge twice in the past, in 1897 and 1902, when remarkable typhoons were said to have lashed the place. The Eastern Visayan historian Rolando Borinaga, whose family survived “Yolanda,” is also uncovering data [...]

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Aquino’s pork chop

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When Filipinos make a spoof of reality, it is also to find relief from the stress of thwarted expectations.

Posted: August 25th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

PCOS cards in a dumpsite?

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It is a memory that must serve us right. During vote counting in the May 2010 elections, compact flash cards, election returns and ballots were found in a Cagayan de Oro dumpsite. Some sleuthing by Sen. Koko Pimentel led to the dump truck’s registry—it belonged to the city hall of Cagayan de Oro. Months later, the dump truck’s driver was found dead. Let us review the timeline.

Posted: February 11th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Life, and what a gift it is

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Sometime in the latter part of this year, our 95-year-old mother became terminally ill. She had been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease some eight years earlier. Out of respect for her privacy, I shall not mention the disease, but its common name alone is already a death sentence. At the onset of that diagnosis then, supported by a biopsy result, the medical specialist had advised me to prepare for her eventual death. “Within less than a year,” he had said. Eight years later, the medical prophecy had not happened.

Posted: December 23rd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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