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Heritage, knowledge


When we hear the words “heritage” and “historical conservation,” we think immediately of old buildings, churches in particular, in the Philippines.

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The world lives on

Doomsday did not occur as many expected. Amazingly, the world goes on. Sometime in August of this year, Prof. Jimmy Licauco, in his program “Inner Mind” on DZMM, argued that the “end of a cycle” as prophesied by the Mayan calendar is not necessarily the end of the world as we know it.

Posted: January 1st, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Don’t stop asking why


Probably the hardest question to ever be asked and be answered is: “Why?” People ask it all the time, and in some cases some wise men may get to the closest answer. But most times, silence follows. The more important thing that we ought to realize, though, is that the explanation is always pointless. Because we, as human beings, were born to be curious. It does not matter whether or not the answer one receives is relevant, just as long as someone talks after one asks.

Posted: December 31st, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

When prophecy fails


I glance at the sky for signs of anything unusual. Just a while ago, the noontime sky was slightly overcast. Now, a steady breeze is whooshing in from the northeast and is all but dispelling the low-hanging clouds. The sun is out, and I am starting to regret that I woke up too late this morning to go motorcycling or bird-watching.

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

In haste


The story is told about an elderly citizen who was stopped by the police for speeding. When asked why he was in such haste, his answer was: “Sir, I was in a hurry to go to where I was going before I forget where I was going!”

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Being true


The story is told about a 75-year-old man who was sipping a glass of wine while seated at the porch with his wife. The man said: “I love you so much. I don’t know how I can live without you.” So thrilled, his wife asked him: “Is that you, dear, or is that the wine in you that is talking?” Whereupon the husband replied: “It’s me, dear, talking to the wine I am sipping.”

Posted: August 5th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Stewardship on ‘010112’


JUST typing the slug line to this column gave me the chills: Rina0101—another day, another start to a brand-new year. You’d think, as you grew older, that the passage of years would be unremarkable, that each year blends and melts into the next, and that time would simply flow like a river, each day a [...]

Posted: December 31st, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

One with us!


The story is told about a man who was asked who it was he loved most in this life. His answer was: “I love my mother most.” When asked why, his response was: “Because my mother never stopped loving me from my infantry and all throughout my adultery.”

Posted: December 24th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘This day’


“Do you know what day this is?” asked the frail, seamy-faced Trappist monk. “Don’t bother me old man,” snapped his fellow prisoner, Jean Pasqualini. Both were trudging toward work fields in 1961 from their prison camp south of Beijing.

Posted: December 23rd, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Heaven and hell? Yes also


This continues from last week’s piece, which reported that 81 percent of Filipino adults believe in life after death, as surveyed nationwide by SWS in December 2007, in the Philippine round of the 40-country International Social Survey Program (www.issp.org) module on religious beliefs for 2008 (done slightly ahead of schedule).

Posted: November 12th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Good Pope John and his polychrome cat

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Grace moments are a Catholic obligation.  I recently fulfilled that obligation amply by having two within three days:  one in a bookstore, one in bed. The first occurred as I shopped for a gift for a little girl.  Browsing the children’s books by Filipinos, I endured pages and pages of banality, bad grammar, and nightmare-provoking [...]

Posted: October 4th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Vacation and vocation

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The story is told about a doctor who asked his secretary: “Where is the next patient?” “Oh, I sent him home,” said the secretary. When he asked why, her response was: “Because he said he wasn’t feeling well.” * * * In today’s Gospel (Mt. 14, 13-21) we hear of Jesus being disturbed by the [...]

Posted: July 31st, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »



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