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‘Mother church of all churches’ reopens

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After two years of retrofitting, restoration and renovation, the Manila Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, or Manila Cathedral for short, reopened on April 9 with a eucharistic celebration presided over by Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Culture trap?

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The Internet carried this week a riveting article titled “Trapped Between Cultures—Neither Filipino Nor American.” The author is Dr. Eugenio Amparo, who has lived in the United States since 1974 when he started residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Digital distractions

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One helpful piece of advice that I found in several Internet articles: Don’t go to bed with a smartphone or tablet.

Posted: March 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Understanding the cybercrime decision

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The Supreme Court’s decision (Jesus Disini vs SOJ, Feb. 18, 2014) on the Cybercrime Prevention Law (CPL) is a delight for constitutional law scholars. The 50-page, single-space majority ruling penned by Justice Roberto A. Abad as well as the concurring and dissenting opinions of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno (43 pages) and Justices Antonio T. Carpio (32 pages), Arturo D. Brion (26 pages plus a 9-page annex) and Mario Victor F. Leonen (100 pages) are veritable treatises on the freedom of expression.

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Are ‘trending’ victims less protected?

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ACCIDENTAL PUBLIC FIGURES (Clockwise) Robert Carabuena, Deniece Cornejo and Paula Salvosa shot to fame in a matter of days or mere hours because of the “going viral” phenomenon.

The rape case filed by Deniece Cornejo against actor Vhong Navarro elicited negative reactions from numerous netizens who posted blogs and comments with nasty remarks, like “Deniece is a prostitute,” “She’s delusional!” and “Deniece had plastic surgery.”

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Self-inflicted cybercrime panic

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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.

Posted: February 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Online libel law and docile androids

The chilling effect of a Damocles’ sword dangling over those who are wired basically remains. Any blanket threat of criminal prosecution for online libel tilts the balance against untrammeled state intervention and will practically result in effective censorship, if not timidity or inordinate trepidation.

Posted: February 27th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Flowers in Philippine history

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Each semester I remind my students that there are many engaging things to be found on the Internet than porn. Last week two readers who read my column “Flora de Filipinas” supplied links that led to a digital copy of the text of the Augustinian Manuel Blanco’s “Flora de Filipinas segun el sistema sexual de linneo.” Unfortunately, the sex here will excite only botanists.

Posted: February 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The Wi-Fi war

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I was at SM Megamall recently, prepared to spend the bulk of a day in the premises: There was a 10 a.m. meeting, after which I was supposed to hold another meeting at 4 p.m. In preparation, I brought my laptop and some materials to write my column in between, since it was a “deadline day.”

Posted: January 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Dealing with digital distractions in the classroom

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I came across this excellent essay for teachers by Dr. Maryellen Weimer on the Faculty Focus website. Titled “The Age of Distraction: Getting Students to Put Away Their Phones and Focus on Learning,” the essay discusses the impact of mobile content in today’s classrooms.

Posted: January 10th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Points to consider in securing Philippine cyberspace

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Cyber-attacks on websites managed by the Philippine government have been persistent and increasingly sophisticated.   During the past year, Anonymous Philippines—a movement that believes the social system can change through the aggressive use of information technology—has attacked numerous government websites, including those of the Office of the President, the Department of Budget and Management, the [...]

Posted: November 18th, 2013 in Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Planet Online

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The online world is a whole new planet we humans of the Earth created inside our own. And most of us don’t realize it.

Posted: October 14th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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