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January, 2015

  • 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 …

  • 12 January

    Papal blessing for our suffering

    Where I Stand by Ed Javier If ordinary people cannot expect the government to defend their rights and protect them from abuses, then I guess we should turn to the Pope for a special blessing to grant us more strength, fortitude, patience and understanding to be able to survive 2015.

December, 2014

  • 8 December

    When savings is not a virtue

    From an early age, people have been taught that savings is a guaranty for the future but in fiscal management, savings or the way the government defines it is not necessarily an advantage.

  • 8 December

    Water, water everywhere…

    Peregrine Notes by Alegria Imperial When picnicking in my teens in my hometown of Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, we would dig a hole on the river bank, leave it for water to fill in, and voila, we had a sand-filtered drinking well. On rare days of water interruption in my growing up years, soon after a bandillo beating his tambor and …