MAURO GIA SAMONTE

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THE great pyramid of Giza once stood for centuries as the tallest building in the world. It became a monument for a civilization that reaches to the heavens and to the stars. But today, our skyscrapers dwarf the great pyramid. With new technology and engineering feat, the men of this…

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THAT China will not attack the Philippines and the United States has been doing just that is the proposition that will decide who the next president will be. Of the two superpowers contending for world hegemony, the latter is on record of having aggressed other nations; the former, nonesuch. While…

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THERE is a worldwide trend, according to a United Nations study, that more people are living in the urban areas. By 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population would have been living in a city. In the Philippines, Metro Manila is growing by 60 persons per hour and is identified…

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Last of a three-part series The last sentence of yesterday’s Part 2: One post on Facebook has this brag: “Manalo is not meant to make money.” Though it has been bruited about repeatedly that the film has broken box-office records both local and foreign, meaning money is a concern by…

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[The author, a prize-winning and critically acclaimed filmmaker, is an Iglesia ni Cristo member who steadily worshipped for four years. This makes him eminently qualified to write a well-rounded review of the blockbuster film, “Manalo.”] Second of three parts In INC indoctrination sessions it is stressed that Felix is the…

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[The author, a prize-winning and critically acclaimed filmmaker, is an Iglesia ni Cristo member who steadily worshipped for four years. This makes him eminently qualified to write a well-rounded review of the blockbuster film, “Manalo.”] “Alam mo naman sa Iglesia, ultimong pag-utot kailangang ihingi mo ng pahintulot (You very well…

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FIFTY years ago, New York very much resembled Metro Manila today. It was a car-oriented city which used 70 percent of its roads for cars, narrow sidewalks, and “eskinitas” that parallel the dark back alleys of Brooklyn. Houses and residential blocks were bulldozed to give way for highways and freeways.…

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First of three parts IF only because Vice President Jejomar C. Binay spoke nicely of the film “Heneral Luna,” I had good reason to believe it was worthwhile seeing. I had not gone to the movies from way back since Henry Sy, after gaining a monopoly of movie exhibition all…

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A 2000 Harvard study shows that Metro Manila is one of the fastest growing metropolises in the world at 60 persons per hour, due mainly to in-migration. Delhi, India’s largest city and one of the most populated in the world, grows at 47 persons per hour. Metro Manila is a…

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