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What really matters?

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It may be that news is important, but seldom so. It is voluminous, for sure, what with tri-media becoming a business more than a service. It used to be that media outlets would seek profits from entertainment and subsidized news programs. Not anymore, though, as news sell nowadays, and sensationalized news the most saleable.

Posted: March 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Journey to Freedom

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Our Independence Day stirred intense patriotic feelings in me, and I am sure in many others as well. Even though I did not participate in memorial celebrations, I tried to catch as many of them on television. And in my own way in cyber space, I tried to share thoughts and images of freedom and our flag.

Posted: June 13th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Disenchantment eroding patriotic feelings

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Filipino community leaders in Hong Kong leading the drive for Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) have been finding more apathy than enthusiasm for the political exercise these days. Unlike in 2004 when the OAV was initiated, where registration and voting were enthusiastic, there is a general disillusionment today among overseas Filipino workers. The “walang nagbago(nothing has changed)” attitude prevails, with migrant workers feeling that their concerns have not been met by the Aquino administration, which most of them had backed.

Posted: December 18th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Failed nation-state?

IF JUDGED by fervor and excitement, today’s Independence Day would certainly suffer a failing grade. Save for the most perfunctory of patriotic gestures, Filipinos are not expected to turn up for the usual National Day parade in Rizal Park. They won’t, because there will be no parade there: the main Independence Day rites will be at the Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan, where the Malolos Congress was held in 1898 to draft the constitution of the first republic in Asia and Africa.

Posted: June 11th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Heroes and bureaucrats

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After reading my column “February 1945,” Aurora Tech, a senior citizen of Pasig City, had this story to share. It is a simple account of three generations of her family, with members who died in the service of country.

Posted: February 27th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Sense of fair play knows no nationality

Manny Pacquiao came back to the Philippines from the United States and lashed at those who believe that Juan Manuel Marquez won their third fight, telling them “magpaka-Pilipino kayo.”

Posted: December 5th, 2011 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

‘The greatest generation’

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This phrase was first used to refer to the millions of young Americans who volunteered to fight during World War II. More than half a million young American soldiers died in the battlefields of Europe, Hawaii, Japan and, yes, our Philippines. Theirs was called “the greatest generation” because they fought not only for the liberty [...]

Posted: September 26th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Apology from the grave

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I am Osama bin Laden, and I am sorry. I am sorry for all the inhuman acts I committed in my lifetime. To all the families to whom I have caused great and indescribable sorrow, I apologize. I hope that my death will make them forgive me, diminish their sorrow and help them move on [...]

Posted: May 16th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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