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February, 2015

  • 2 February

    Purisima, Alcala should go

    Ed Javier / Where I Stand The nation is angry. If the President’s advisers want him to sail smoothly to the end of his term, they must advise him to do something decisive. That way, he can regain control of the country’s emotion gone awry. He just might be able to leave Malacañang with his head held up high.

January, 2015

  • 26 January

    Didactics for Dinky’s Doles

    Dean dela Paz / The Next Page It was rather telling that in the midst of ostentatious and indecent plenty, under the glistening Palace chandeliers, the most luxurious coiffures, the reddest rouge and the stiffest starch set upon the most portly and powerful, the most influential, and in some, the wealthiest and fattest pork barrel-fed politicians, the Holy Father, iconic …

  • 26 January

    After five vicarious haloed days

    Alegria A.Imperial / Peregrine Notes Another gray sky blankets Vancouver. Through the blinds, a slivered world of bare trees, bland walls of glass divided in parts by empty alleys as if evacuated, belie a fresh day, which I suppose has just risen a vast ocean away; I imagine another gold-ish day swaths Manila, sustaining the serene haloed air. The hosts …

  • 26 January

    Focus back on hunger issues

    Ed Javier / Where I Stand For a brief while, the country focused on what really matters to the ordinary Filipino: food. Just before the papal visit, Sen. Grace Poe called on her colleagues in the Senate to address hunger woes besetting our countrymen, particularly our children.

  • 26 January

    The politics of perception

    Edmund Tayao / Mettle Works Why do we measure? Why do we need to determine whether one is big or small, tall or short? When do we say that it is substantial or insignificant? We measure for purposes of comparison? We compare for purposes of reference? We need reference to determine how to go about doing things? Certainly, measurement is …

  • 19 January

    My kind of weather, or is it yours?

    Alegria A.Imperial / Peregrine Notes Browsing Vanity Fair back in my youth, when nary a shadow of living in Canada hovered on my palm during those lunch-break visits to Aling Cely — Lolit’s, Eileen’s and my personal fortune teller —I , too had fantasized sashaying along snow-paved sidewalks the likes of New York, suffused in the glamour of a fur-trimmed …

  • 19 January

    Papal blessing for our suffering

    Ed Javier / Where I Stand What better way to start the year than to eagerly await the arrival of Pope Francis?

  • 19 January

    Pope Francis in 2016

    Edmund Tayao / Mettle Works Almost two years into Pope Francis’s papacy, we have seen how the Catholic Church can be vibrant, forward-looking and ennobling. We have seen it first hand, as he visited us, the biggest Catholic nation in Asia. Many will remember not only the rousing experience of their fleeting encounter with this people’s Pope but more so, …

  • 12 January

    Perpetuating ‘pork’ for 2015 and beyond

    The Next Page by Dean dela Paz Part one of a two-part series The corruption continues. And how insulting it is. As prefaced by the President’s spokesman, the budget for 2015 “stands as a testament to the lengthy reviews and planning undertaken by agencies, in order to improve the way they serve the public.” Let us peel away the lies. …

  • 12 January

    I caught him thumb-sized from his window

    Peregrine Notes by Alegria A.Imperial But I can’t claim the small miracle for myself alone. Hundreds or maybe thousands, including those outside of Vatican Square—packed almost breath-upon-breath of each other, eyes raised to the sky against which his apartment building rose above the colonnade—received the gift of his voice, and from his raised hands, when he made the Sign of …