MA. ISABEL ONGPIN

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TAXES have to be paid to the State that is managing our society, our lives, our fates. So, the State imposes and we pay. But taxes should be paid in a user-friendly manner, not for taxpayers to be made to jump through hoops of red tape, bureaucratic pettiness and unfair…

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THE fate of children in Philippine contemporary life is cause for grave concern. Children are being starved, murdered, raped, exploited as labor, left to fend for themselves even as helpless toddlers and still under the age of reason. As a result, we have cases of neglected and abandoned children, children…

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MARAWI is on our minds. It is a city in Mindanao where most of us have never been to. I visited Marawi once decades ago. My husband’s grandmother in Cagayan de Oro City (Esperanza Roa Ongpin) saw to it that I went to Mindanao on her invitation when she found…

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I WAS happy to read some weeks ago about the plan of some business concerns to put up a dormitory building for their employees at the Bonifacio Global City. I do not have the details yet, but this is an idea whose time should have come years back as the…

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AN interesting current exhibit at the Ayala Museum, titled “Framing History,” features drawings and sketches by two Filipino artists – Vicente Manansala, a very famous figure in Philippine art and a contemporary and co-worker, Amadeo Manalad, not so well known but equally gifted. The exhibit is based on a book,…

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“WONDER Woman,” the film, has made box-office records not only as the leading grosser on the weekend it opened, and counting, but for the fact that the heroine, a comic book character with super powers, is a woman. Additionally, Wonder Woman is not into fighting for the sake of Biff!…

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I HAVE been visiting the US for the past three weeks. They are in a new place with the advent of the Trump presidency. Some high-profile firings have hogged the news for weeks. Not just the dismissal of the FBI Director James Comey, but before that of the Acting Attorney…

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NICK Joaquin’s centennial was duly celebrated last May 4. Unfortunately, I was somewhere else, captured by the cascading events of the Present. For Nick Joaquin, the Past explained the Present, History was personal, vital and rationalized our circumstances for a better understanding of ourselves. In effect, he was ever concerned…

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Last of 2 parts THE 27th Global Summit of Women took place in Tokyo from May 11 to 12 featuring important speakers addressing women’s issues. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s address was interesting and inspiring. Japan has a labor shortage and a gender gap in business. It has now instituted…

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First of 2 parts I’VE just returned from attending the 27th Global Summit of Women held in Tokyo from May 12 to 13. The GSW, as it is known, is concerned with the economic status of women in the quest for equality. It is now on its 27th year, an…

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