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Batanes model for storm readiness

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TYPHOON PROOF An Ivatan house, constructed with mortar and cobbles, has walls as thick as one meter and concrete slabs for roof. Narrow doors and windows are designed against strong winds. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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.

Posted: January 4th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Humble, happy

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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 [...]

Posted: December 31st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Calendars, torn and new

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“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.

Posted: December 30th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

How is life measured?

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Have you done something relevant today?

Posted: December 30th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Why Nelson Mandela matters

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News of Nelson Mandela’s death triggered widespread displays of grief and remembrance around the world.

Posted: December 23rd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Mandela, Joma: contrasting pair

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.

Posted: December 23rd, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

June, an ‘energetic specimen of humanity’

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.

Posted: December 23rd, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Intersecting lives: Martin and Snowden

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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.

Posted: July 26th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Search on for sexiest vegan

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!

Posted: June 7th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

A tribute to O.D. Corpuz

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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.

Posted: April 1st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

My life with cabbies

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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.

Posted: March 15th, 2013 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The real sovereign

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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.

Posted: March 6th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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