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Our prayers for our children are simple as we catch our breath at the end of a crowded day. May they be safe, healthy, and loved. And may they know right from wrong.
By Juan L. Mercado
Ang Pasko ay sumapit, mall megaphones blare. Wait. Isn’t that the pirated version of the winning carol at the 1933 Christmas contest in Cebu? Christmas is still 43 days away. Most homes haven’t dusted off star lanterns or Nativity belen.
This refers to the front-page photo, titled “Children of War,” in the Sept. 20 issue of the Inquirer. While it is true that Zamboanga children remain cheerful and optimistic, the picture also brings to mind President Aquino’s failed promise of peace in Mindanao, made to the thunder of his “daang matuwid” rhetoric. To be sure, behind the children’s smiles and laughter are memories of dreadful experiences that thousands of civilians in Zamboanga City experienced.
Thank you for the terrific Aug. 18 editorial “TV for kids.” It’s a wake-up call for parents not to take TV viewing for granted. The wide availability of all forms of mass media nowadays makes it imperative for parents to become more proactive and empowered media consumers. If we start choosing better TV shows, Internet [...]
By Neni Sta. Romana Cruz
I had never been to a workshop quite like the recent Booklatan that the National Book Development Board (NBDB) had in Valenzuela on that Friday in August, the day before Tropical Storm “Maring” and the habagat began to unleash pouring rain across the country. In its previous format, NBDB’s quarterly Booklatan session was designed to encourage readership among teachers and librarians.
By Rina Jimenez-David
The news doesn’t look too good as of this writing, with waters rising in various areas of the metropolis and in surrounding provinces like Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and even Bataan, Bulacan and Pampanga to the north. From our home in Antipolo, we are anxiously monitoring the rising levels of water in the nearby Marikina River, [...]
In the Philippines, the TV set is now as much a member of the family as Nanay and Tatay. Many parents plunk their children down in front of the screen and leave them to be distracted while the adults go about their business. That television has taken on the all-important role of “babysitter” ought to ring alarm bells, especially because some parents essentially trust its content as not only safe but perhaps even good for their kids.
By H. Labao
Over lunch I was talking in the vernacular with my fellow Filipino workers when we veered toward the topic of family life. One of us suddenly and proudly blurted out that in her household, her child is not permitted to speak in Tagalog. She was beaming from ear to ear as she recounted how she [...]
By Ramon Farolan
According to a Unesco study, 57 million children lack classroom access. Here are the countries with the most children out of school:
I am a retired master sergeant and I am personally writing this letter to belie allegations that the Armed Forces of the Philippines use children as combatants, couriers or informers in war operations (“UN slams use of kids by armed groups in PH,” Page A4, 6/18/13).
By Rina Jimenez-David
On Sept. 4, 2010, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand’s second largest city, and the central Canterbury region. But while it caused considerable damage, it had no direct fatalities. Almost six months later, on Feb. 22, 2011, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit the same area, and when people and authorities toted up the damage, they found that the quake, believed to be an aftershock of the 2010 temblor, had left 185 dead and caused even more widespread damage. Authorities later said the damage and the deaths it caused may have been “exacerbated” by the buildings and infrastructure “already weakened by the 2010 earthquake and its aftershocks.”
By Young Blood
I remember the toy stethoscope that Mama bought me when I was six years old. I remember the science books Daddy gave me when I was in the sixth grade.