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By Dominique M. Sabijon
How much do you cost? P20? P50? P500? P1,000? How much does the country cost? P1,000 x 100+ million? Are we that cheap? And are we willing to sell our country at a price?
By Neni Sta. Romana Cruz
Heady from their respective commencement exercises, these fresh college graduates had no time to think holiday, for they knew as early as the last two months of school that a special job awaited them.
By Madelaine Callanta
Sometimes I wonder if you have ever been jealous of the attention that I, our mother’s second child, received. I have learned from television shows and movies the nature of sibling rivalry and how gravely it can affect one of the most precious relationships a person can have. Also, I occasionally hear my friends’ own frustrations over the silent competitions between them and their own brother or sister. And do you remember our two baby cousins? Whenever the newborn would cry, her two-year-old Ate would tell her: “Stop crying! It’s my turn to cry!”
By Isabel Manalastas
Get up when the alarm goes off, shower, and put on fresh scrubs. Relish the moment, this is the cleanest you are ever going to get today. Eat heartily because nursing is not only for the strong of will but the strong of gut as well.
By Jose Ma. Montelibano
Politicians have become entertainers, and entertainers have become politicians. For as long as Filipinos seek entertainment more than good governance, then it will continue to be entertainers becoming politicians and politicians become entertainers. Entertainment tends to distract us from our daily worries, or the exhaustion from our daily routine. With the kind of extreme poverty [...]
By Yvannessa Santos
I had been a bit skeptical about most colleges’ immersion activities, or sending out their students to live with “less privileged” people. I didn’t understand the point of it from an academic perspective, until I had the opportunity to take part in it.
While Bam Aquino can trumpet his achievements, both in academics and in social entrepreneurship, I don’t believe that these are enough for him to deserve getting elected as senator of the republic.
By Hannah Kimberly Idiesca Obar
You say you fell asleep after a long frigid day at work. You guys threw a birthday surprise for your friend, and you wished I were there with you. You don’t know how much I wish the same thing. Your eyes probably closed after telling me you love me just a few minutes later. An [...]
By Joanna Cayanan
So this is how it feels. I’ve seen my friends go through it. I thought I could feel their pain just listening to them and seeing them hurt, sad and confused. I was wrong. It hurts so much you can’t describe it. There were days when I walked around aimlessly, my head down, ashamed [...]
By Odessa Joya P. Taganas
Probably the hardest question to ever be asked and be answered is: “Why?” People ask it all the time, and in some cases some wise men may get to the closest answer. But most times, silence follows. The more important thing that we ought to realize, though, is that the explanation is always pointless. Because we, as human beings, were born to be curious. It does not matter whether or not the answer one receives is relevant, just as long as someone talks after one asks.
By Natts Jadaone
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?
By Elaine F. Fallarcuna
When the month of December began, I decided to take a break in my daily grind to muse on a meaningful Christmas.