MA. ISABEL ONGPIN

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THIS week in Brunei the 6th Asean Traditional Textiles Symposium took place in Bandar City. Papers were presented regarding the scope and current condition of the indigenous fabrics of the region. This is a bi-annual exercise. This year the Philippine delegation’s speaker was the country’s foremost academic textile expert, Dr.…

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AT the end of October, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) announced that Baguio City had been admitted to its Creative Cities Network. This is a singular opportunity for Baguio to be in the Unesco platform for the next four years for life-long learning, cross-cultural sharing, innovation…

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WHEN will our law schools, professional lawyers’ associations, law students and the rest of the citizenry stop countenancing the brutish hazing activities that they tolerate? Aside from being murderous as proven by so many deaths and injuries these activities harken to tribalism, exclusion, discrimination, cultish activities that have no part…

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THE Manila Symphony Orchestra announced a few weeks ago before performing a mostly Brahms concert and the world premiere of a Philippine composition (“Suite for Simoun” by Jay Baldemor) at the Maybank Auditorium, in Bonifacio Global City, that it had found a new home. The MSO is Manila’s oldest existing…

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WE must salute the Philippine Army, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for a job well done in Marawi. Thanks to the courage, stamina, restraint and compassion of a professional army, the end has come with the terrorists fully defeated in their plans for Marawi and we hope, the rest…

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LAST Sunday, October 15, was the feast of St. Teresa of Avila, one of the greatest saints of the Catholic Church, a woman, a pioneer reformer of convents and in life a participant in mystical experiences. St. Teresa is identified with the Catholic mystic tradition, along with a handful of…

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WASHINGTON SyCip certainly was not in my loop of acquaintances and associates, friends or colleagues, until he was 66 years old, or about 30 years ago, when my husband passed away and he was instrumental in having the Quadrangle Garden of the Asian Institute of Management named after him. Before…

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JUST back from a week in India to check out a small feature of their textile industry. India is a huge country with a huge population and is a subcontinent shared with Pakistan and Bangladesh. Our interest as members of HABI: The Philippine Textile Council was to check out how…

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IN case the Manila International Airport (NAIA) manager was home on Sunday, a day of relaxation, the departing passengers of Terminal 1 were not relaxing but in a state of discomfiture and unwelcome déjà vu—the place was a mess, with thousands of passengers unable to even get into the pre-departure…

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SO, we are going into Build, Build, Build in the immediate future as promised by the Duterte administration. In general, this is most welcome after years of infrastructure neglect and the consequent price that the population of this country has had to pay, particularly the working population. Yes, let us…

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