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By Rolando G. Valenzuela
Batanes, the northermost part of the country, lies in the path of most of the 20 or so tropical cyclones that enter the Philippine area of responsibility every year.
By Michael L. Tan
Humble strength. That sounds like a contradiction in terms. Yet the year 2013 could be remembered for two men showing how earthshaking humility can be, especially when wielded in positions of leadership. I am referring to Nelson Mandela, who died this year at the age of 96; and to Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio, who [...]
By Juan L. Mercado
“Tomorrow is only found in the calendar of fools.” Writer Og Mandino’s line comes to mind on New Year’s Eve, as we rip down the 2013 calendar. Where did those 522,600 minutes go? we wonder when tacking up the 2014 edition.
By Aoo Felipe
Have you done something relevant today?
By Heherson Alvarez
News of Nelson Mandela’s death triggered widespread displays of grief and remembrance around the world.
The beloved and revered Nelson Mandela of South Africa has been laid to rest. But his legacy of leadership and sacrifice will always be remembered. In fact, he has earned his place in history.
On a sad day in November, as if acceding to her beloved son Diego’s exhortation to let go, June Keithley left us. Sadder still, I never got to visit her as her place was out of the way.
By Vicente L. Rafael
Edward Snowden and Trayvon Martin. Accused of leaking secrets on America’s massive surveillance program on its own citizens, Snowden has been stripped of his passport, and remains stuck in the Moscow airport, currently awaiting asylum. Martin was the young African-American shot dead after he was spotted walking home by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman in Florida. In his trial, Zimmerman claimed self-defense; he was acquitted despite having stalked Martin, angering many who see this case as yet another instance of racial injustice.
It’s great to see a front-page story (“Vegan diet tied to fewer deaths,” Inquirer, 6/5/13) confirming what the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) has been saying ever since it launched its vegetarian campaign in the Philippines many years ago: Being vegetarian is the best thing you can do for your own health, animals and the environment!
By Belinda A. Aquino
The recent passing of Dr. Onofre D. Corpuz, popularly known as O.D., saddens thousands of colleagues, scholars, and former students he had worked with in his long and productive career as one of the best minds the Philippine academia has produced.
By Romana F. Gella
Before I retired from government service, I was a regular taxi rider. And when you ride a cab to and from work (as I used to), you get to meet all kinds of drivers. There are those who give unsolicited advice. One cabbie “suggested” that I buy a car because my office is far from my home. My aversion to unsolicited advice tempted me to lash out at the guy for his effrontery, but prudence dictated that I just bite my tongue.
By Randy David
We should be wary of talking about North Borneo or Sabah as if it were just a piece of real estate without inhabitants. There are people there who regard themselves as natives to the place, and identify themselves as Sabahans. They are descended from the various ethnic groups and races that over the centuries had settled and developed the place.