MA. ISABEL ONGPIN

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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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RESIDENTS and friends of Baguio City are up in arms again. This is not news anymore as in the past decade they have become more and more militant from the outrages to the environment that the local government is either actively inflicting or passively tolerating on the environment of the…

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AM I the only one who notices that the riding-in-tandem contract killers are plaguing the country from north to south? Everyday on the news some businessman, businesswoman, political personality, government official, journalist or plain citizen is bumped off by a pair of killers using the vehicle of choice for the…

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MARAWI City will have to be done over. News headlines say that P3 billion will be needed for housing alone. How that money will be spent is the question. Let us hope that what is built or made is planned first in the context of modern-day needs and technology, environment…

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I CAUGHT up with the Prado Museum’s Treasures of the Hispanic Society in America (Tesoros del Hispanic Society de America). It is a blockbuster. Two floors of a multitude of artifacts, from Celtiberian ceramics, metal jewelry (alloys of copper and gold), to paintings, books, documents, maps, textiles. Everything that is…

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WE take our natural environment too much for granted. Look how we treat trees in urban area; we marginalize them by crowding them with structures, damaging their roots, cutting off branches disrespectfully, cluttering their surroundings with concrete, fire, trash. Notice how signs for plumber and electrician services or advertisements are…

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THE Zonta Club of Makati and Environs has announced its second set of BRAVO Awards for empowered women for 2017. In partnership with Security Bank, a leading universal bank in the Philippines, it is recognizing women who have achieved a body of work through leadership and service that redounds not…

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IT is very distressing to get news every few weeks that small scale miners have died in Itogon, Benguet province. This week two have died and in the past six months I estimate at least eight have died. This area seems to have widespread small-scale mining activities and regularly reports…

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A WORK of fiction, a novel, that came out last year and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, is worth a read for much-needed knowledge about contemporary China and its people. Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2016) was written by Madeleine Thiem, a Malaysian…

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