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February, 2015

  • 9 February

    In search of long-range plans

    R. V. Vicerra / Cedar The official poverty ratio of 24.9 percent means that one out of every four Filipinos today is poor – living on only P52 (a little over $1 a day). This means also that roughly 25 million Filipinos (and perhaps 2 million more) are living on very limited means of sustenance that barely covers a meal …

  • 2 February

    The pedagogy of the Pope

    Dean dela Paz / The Next Page For the more discerning and those astutely aware of the intimate connection between the history of Latin American politics and the personal development of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, there must have been a wealth, nay, a virtual treasure trove of teachings, found in every step, discovered in every movement and displayed in every expression …

  • 2 February

    A fog of silence

    Alegria A.Imperial / Peregrine Notes Somehow, in this household I once knew, the pall has dissipated. That about which seemed unspoken has been unraveled. The frayed ends that dangled have been tied into narratives though once in a while, if brushed by a breath, still prompts sobbing which arises from the teenager’s breast of grandmother, now almost 90 years old. …

  • 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?