MA. ISABEL ONGPIN

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WE have heard of the National Housing Authority, the agency in charge of the national shelter program. In the public’s perception, by government mandate this is the agency that should be delivering shelter to those who need it most, usually the lower middle class, and further down to the poor…

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I HAVE been impressed with our security guards for some time. I think it is because they are caring, helpful and understanding and that is because they are Filipino. Certainly, the questions one gets from them entering some of the exclusive gated villages can be annoying: “What are you going…

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A BUSINESSWOMAN is killed in Quezon City, a rural doctor is bumped off in Lanao, a broadcaster is shot to death in Masbate, a policewoman is rubbed out in her car in a crowded street in Manila. This list is not exhaustive or complete. There are more from today’s news.…

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IT was bound to happen – organized homeless groups invading and taking over low-cost housing projects of the National Housing Authority. All those new empty units with nice roads though the houses are still quite inadequate for habitation due to lack of bathrooms, running water and electricity, but still better…

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IN these times of befuddlement when we are trying to figure out whether we are moving forward to better practices and better results as we hear the din of modernity around us, or if we are actually traveling backward to obsolete or debunked ways, do we need to think or…

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THE Manila Galleon Trade lasted for 250 years and ended in 1815 with Mexico’s war of independence. In terms of longevity alone, plus the trade that it engendered between Asia, Spanish America and onward to Europe and Africa, it brought in its wake events and movement of people among the…

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GLOBALIZATION may seem like a new phenomenon but it is as old as maybe the Silk Road from China to Europe in the 13th and 14th century, as well as the Manila Galleon trade from 1565 and on for the next 250 years. I just read through a recently launched…

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LAST week I mentioned the Hispanic Society of New York, a 100-year-old institution that is a museum cum research library of Hispanic studies i.e. material from Spain, Portugal and their colonies, including the Philippines, dating from the colonial times of these countries. In 2007, fairly recently for a more-than-hundred-year-old institution,…

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FOR sometime, every time I have been in New York City or have made plans to visit, my research on where to go dredges up the Hispanic Society of America which is located on 155th Street and Broadway, the Washington Heights area of Manhattan, and way away from Midtown, somewhat…

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THERE is general relief and approval that the war on drugs conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) has been suspended and the anti-drug division of the PNP has been dissolved. Tensions and disgust regarding both were accelerating to intolerable levels. That President Duterte has called the PNP “rotten to…

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