MAURO GIA SAMONTE

First of two parts

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Ho Chi Minh likened the revolution to riding on a cart down a bumpy road. Many get bumped off, but a lot more than quite as many manage to hold on aboard up to the end. The end, of course, here means success, as the defeat by the Viet Minh…

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BUILDINGS are by far the biggest energy-consumers in the world. They consume about forty percent of the world’s total energy. The construction and operation of buildings approximately generate forty percent of the world’s Greenhouse Gas emissions and solid waste generation. In the Philippines, according to the Department of Energy, about…

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IT seems lopsided at first glance, to make presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte square with past Uganda strongman Idi Amin. Physically, the former is at a disadvantage with his 5-foot-something, mid-size frame that seems best fit only for evincing notions of machismo. The latter, with 6 feet, 4 inches of a…

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WHEN I met the Sheik Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoumof Dubai back in the 1970, I vividly remember the words that he imparted with us before we started designing and building the Dubai of the future. He said: “Design Dubai as if there is no oil. Create a garden city…

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I was 37 and was getting into a kind of hopelessness in still getting a partner at that late age, but she was 17 and I saw her standing there and everything went boom again. “Hey,” I wanted to shout it out. “I can still take a wife.” Beth was…

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There’s an undercurrent talk in the grapevine that of the presidential aspirants in the 2016 elections, Grace Liamanzares, nee Poe, is the American boy. At once, I am inclined to give credence to these whispers. Here’s somebody, quite unknown in Philippine politics, has not held any political office, and yet…

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THE greatest abuse people had of their minds regarding the just past Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Meeting in Manila is in believing that APEC is a grouping for purely economic concerns so that political issues, like China’s increasing assertiveness over a large section of the Spratly’s in particular…

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OUR city is a reflection of who we are. It is the physical manifestation of our inner most longings and culture. It is a place where social tradition, care for the natural environment and ecology, the way we live, earn our living, and the type of politics we embrace come…

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