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‘Home’ on the pages of a book

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On their way back to their base in Laoang, Northern Samar, writer-couple Romy and Jesselynn de la Cruz were aboard a habal-habal, a motorcycle retrofitted with a long plank of wood to accommodate more passengers, when their driver miscalculated his speed over a muddy road and threw off his passengers.

Posted: July 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Brother Armin’s love story

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It was an unusual morning of launches at last week’s “Booklatan sa Eskwela: Tuloy ang Basa” at the Makati Elementary School Library Hub. Booklatan is a regular reading outreach program of the National Book Development Board (NBDB) in partnership with the local government and similarly committed nongovernment organizations to call attention yet again to the importance of reading and the urgency of making books available, especially to public school children. For how else can we foster an appreciation (take note that I am restraining myself, and not even talking about a love for reading) for books?

Posted: July 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Must-read volume

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A compelling book has just come off the press. “Philippine Communication in the Digital Age” leads with an understatement: “The world of mass communication has changed dramatically.” And in 25 documented chapters, author Crispin Maslog illustrates the sweep of those alterations: from blackboard papers, in a remote Cebu town, to cell phones unleashing People Power 2.

Posted: June 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

City libraries attract users

THE HIGH school section of the Pasig City Library CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Public libraries are open places where the community can bask in reading and learning. They are spaces where people, regardless of age, gender, religion, race, nationality or social status can have equal access. In this age of new technologies, libraries are still essential in promoting culture, information, literacy and education.

Posted: May 25th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

No substitute for ‘black marks’ on a page

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When Joseph O’Reilly, the UK-based Save the Children senior education adviser, prefaced his opening remarks on “Getting the World’s Children to Read” with staggering statistics—that 61 million children are out of school and that 200 million schoolchildren in developing countries struggle to read basic words—the audience needed no convincing about what he called a global learning crisis.

Posted: May 24th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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