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The pot of gold at the end of the basic-education rainbow is the high school diploma. Most of our high school seniors will be receiving theirs by the end of March. For the graduating students of “Yolanda”-hit towns, it will be a wait of another two weeks.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Like student scoring zero in every exam

People are wondering if this government is learning its lessons. Typhoons in the Philippines are expected and recurring climate phenomena. Death and destruction happen every year because of typhoons.

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

‘Typhoon-free’ Mindanao?

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By now it has become a comical refrain. But we can only understand how history, a discipline that entails hours of documentary research, eludes many of our government functionaries and even opinion writers.

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Filipino name for storm surge

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RISING SEA TEMPERATURES The Philippines is surrounded by the hottest sea surface on the planet.

A study conducted by the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration shows the Earth’s sea surface temperatures. Notice the dark red portion on the right side of the map? There lies the hottest sea surface temperature. Notice which country lies right in the middle of it? Isn’t that our precious chain of 7,100 islands known as the Philippines? So what does this map mean?

Posted: December 7th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Storm surge in Basey, Samar

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Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: “Haiyan”) made landfall in southern Guiuan, Eastern Samar, at about 6 a.m. on Nov. 8, packing near-center maximum winds of 230 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 270 kph. It moved west-northwest at 35 kph and at about 8 a.m., it was some 100 km south of Tacloban City and Basey.

Posted: November 30th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Let’s do this right

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We cannot keep making the same mistakes. “Yolanda” was not the Philippines’ first encounter with a category-5 typhoon. In 1990, Cebu and other provinces was hit by “Ruping” (international name: “Mike”), which left damage worth P10.8 billion and a death toll of more than 700.

Posted: November 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

So long, typhoon

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You are my typhoon. When you left my area of responsibility, I was in a state of calamity. I clearly remember the day the drizzle of my feelings for you began. The moon was up and we were having one of our pretty serious conversations. You loathed my best friend so much that you made [...]

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

What a December!

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It’s been a December that we Filipinos won’t soon forget.

Posted: December 30th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

New Year wishes for PH

What do I wish for our country this New Year 2013? I prayerfully wish for the following:

Posted: December 30th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Open letter to Santa

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I can’t remember the last time I wrote to you. But what I do remember is that you never wrote me back. And that I never got that SpiceCam Polaroid. But I know you’re a busy man and you have your reasons. I’m writing to you now because I don’t really know who to ask. They always say, “No one knows the exact day or hour the world will end.” And since you’re Father Christmas, and you prepare for it whole year round, perhaps you have a clue?

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Cut-and-paste risk management

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BOSTON town is in ruins after Typhoon “Pablo” made landfall in Davao Oriental on Dec. 4 with gusts of 210 kilometers per hour. REY MARFIL/CONTRIBUTOR

“You get tragedy where the tree, instead of bending, breaks.”

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

The typhoon curse and what to do about it

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This type of hurricane is a very strong tempest, so many and so strong hitting these islands that neither Virgil nor Ovid nor any other poet I have read can describe its destructive power. These occur very often and we suffer so much, that even after experiencing them, it is difficult to believe these can happen. —F. I. Alzina, a Jesuit missionary in the Philippines, 1668

Posted: August 8th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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