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In defense of politics

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The word “politics” or “pulitika” has been so abused and so misunderstood in our society that there is probably a need to clarify what it means. The concept comes out so badly in everyday usage that it is no longer recognizable except as a synonym for everything that is negative in public life.

Posted: November 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Resilience versus resonance

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Before me, as I write this, is a copy of yesterday’s Inquirer. On the front page are two photos of Real Street in downtown Tacloban shot from the same angle. One was taken just days after Supertyphoon “Yolanda” swept through the Visayas, and the other exactly a year after. The two scenes portray resilience, for which Filipinos have been singled out for praise by the rest of the world.

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

The power of the dead

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After my parents died, I made it a point it to visit their graves whenever I had the chance. Instead of mumbling a prayer, I would silently address my thoughts to them. I would bring them news about a wedding in the family, or a new baby, or how my children were doing at school. If any of my siblings was going through a difficult time or had been ill, I would ask for their guidance and prayers on his or her behalf. If I had just returned from an overseas trip, I might tell them where I had been, as though to say I wish they had been there.

Posted: November 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Pope Francis and social movements

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Rome, under Pope Francis’ watch, never ceases to amaze the world. Coming on the heels of an extraordinary Synod on the family, a “World Meeting of Popular Movements” is being convened this week by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. This fascinating gathering aims to tackle the causes of worldwide inequality and social exclusion, to propose concrete solutions to the chronic problems of landlessness, homelessness, and joblessness, and to discuss what is to be done in the long term to create a more just world.

Posted: October 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Ebola: diary of a global outbreak

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One day in early December 2013, a two-year-old child from Guéckédou town in Guinea, West Africa, developed high fever, black stools, and vomiting. No one knew what the boy had or how he got it. He could have picked it up from a half-eaten fruit laced with the saliva of an Ebola-infected fruit bat. When we were children, I remember scooping from the ground sweet chicos and mangoes on which bats had feasted the previous night, with no regard for viruses that could be lurking in them. The Ebola virus, which was first detected in 1976, has been traced to wild animals.

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

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  • Arroyo given 4-day Christmas furlough
  • ‘It will be a lonely Christmas,’ says Revilla
  • PNP seals guns to prevent indiscriminate firing
  • IMF policies criticized over Ebola outbreak
  • Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children
  • Sports

  • Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia
  • NBA: Raptors team up to defeat Knicks
  • SMB grabs 2-0 lead on Fajardo heroics
  • Hapee, Cagayan stake clean slates
  • No joy in Ginebra land
  • Lifestyle

  • CA: Health supplements must be labeled as such
  • Christmas health tip: Beware of leftovers
  • Gregorian Chant of Paris coming in 2015 for 450th anniversary of Christianization of the Philippines
  • Leotta’s sublime pianism awes audience
  • National Artist Abdulmari Asia Imao: Muslim trailblazer recast indigenous motifs into modern, metropolitan forms
  • Entertainment

  • Renowned British actress Whitelaw dies aged 82
  • Photographer Jane Bown who snapped royalty and rockstars dies
  • Elton John weds partner of 21 years as stars look on
  • ‘Hobbit’ goes out on top with $90.6 million 5-day debut
  • ‘American Idol’ finalist releases debut Christmas album
  • Business

  • PH biggest beneficiary of falling oil prices
  • Biz Buzz: More Cebu airport kinks
  • Diluted Christmas cheer
  • Exporters cheer passage of competition law
  • PH external debt declined in Sept
  • Technology

  • Wit wins it in Inquirer tilt
  • 5 ways to make your email safer in case of a hack attack 
  • North Korea denies connection with Sony hacking
  • Kim Jong Un game spoof ‘Glorious Leader!’ moving forward
  • Earn more entries to Inquirer’s promo and win a condo
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, December 22, 2014
  • ‘Art of coexistence’
  • Prison system, personnel should be changed
  • Young artists’ quest to make art public
  • End-of-life decision
  • Global Nation

  • Rival Leyte officials the only local execs to eat with Pope
  • UST grad wants to relive experience during Pope’s meeting with students
  • Canada, Japan come to PH aid anew after ‘Ruby’
  • A matter of life and breath
  • PAL contact center for US, Canada beefed up; sales offices scaled down
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