MA. ISABEL ONGPIN

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THERE is a new cultural institution in Baguio that visitors should pay a visit to and Baguio residents should appreciate – Museo Kordilyera at the University of the Philippines, Baguio. Just over a year old, the Museo Kordilyera is supported and sheltered in the UP Baguio campus as part and…

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IT’s really time the Philippines pays serious attention to how India solves Third World problems in a practical and inexpensive but ingenious Third World way. And follow suit. While the Philippines and India have had trade relations probably from pre-history (Tamils from South India may have been sourcing gold from…

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I am not a foodie despite having been married to one and having all my children displaying foodie traits. I do appreciate good food and those who create it. I have some signature dishes that are modest attempts for foodie status but not quite. I do not have the analytical…

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IF there is to be a revision/amendment/addition to our Constitution, it should take place not through the efforts of the current legislature but through elected representatives of the people in a constitutional convention. Any other way, particularly putting the task in the hands of our current legislators with their track…

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I HAVE never planned a trip in the winter and have been vindicated numerous times. I do not enjoy extremely cold temperatures, much less the wind factor that usually comes with them and effectively lowers them. And I have seen enough snow to last a lifetime. I do not need…

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IT is distressing that during three typhoons hit the country this holiday season causing an unconscionable loss of life and billions of pesos in infrastructure and property and residential damage. Most of these typhoons occurred in Mindanao, particularly the two Lanaos (Norte and Sur) and Zamboanga del Norte for “Vinta.”…

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AT last a film that reflects to the nth degree and in infinitesimal but felicitous detail a work by National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin that successfully parallels his mind. “Larawan,” the musical, might seem unlikely as it has to tackle Joaquin’s unique narrative in a film with music and…

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THIS is my homily for Christmas. It is mostly for myself and the ones in my orbit – family, friends, fellow citizens. It is not so much preaching but thinking aloud to keep to the straight and narrow. A reminder that the perils in our midst in terms of values…

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OVERDUE, but nevertheless as a friend of Miriam Defensor Santiago—gone from this world too soon—I thank the Senate for conferring on her the Quezon Medal for distinguished and unblemished service to this country. She is indeed worthy of the honor. Now I see that Miriam was not long for this…

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ATTENDING the National Book Awards at the end of the year is always an interesting look-and-hear exercise at what new books have been published, what they are all about and who wrote and who published. Otherwise, one would not know the breadth of publications unless one visited the publishers’ bookstores,…

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