TITA VALDERAMA

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IT has been said that the tongue is full of deadly poison. While spoken words could not instantly kill, it could definitely hurt and destroy relationships. We often hear people say that the more you talk, the more blunders you commit. In other words, the less you talk, the fewer…

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IT MAY not have hundreds of graduates at the end of every school year but The Manila Times College’s (TMTC) job placement rate of graduates is comparable to if not better than that of the big universities. At TMTC, students undergo extensive training in news gathering and writing and are…

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WHEN President Duterte visited Beijing in October last year, he laid down his administration’s foreign policy of weaning the Philippines away from economic and military dependence on the United States and fostering closer ties with China. This gives us reason to eagerly await the outcome of the upcoming 19th National…

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ONE way to encourage good practice is to recognize and reward it. That is why the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) has been keeping its Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism to promote the practice of investigative and explanatory reporting. In the last 28 years, it…

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BEIJING: Two weeks of lectures and sightseeing were exhausting and I have yet to unpack and take a little rest before attending to an accumulated workload. So may I just share in this space an abridged version of the remarks that I delivered during a workshop last Thursday with a…

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WUWEI City, Gansu: China has been aggressively developing new cities in pursuit of its ambitious One Belt, One Road initiative to achieve its goal of becoming the world’s largest economy in the next 10 years or so. I am here with 24 other journalists from Asia on a two-week media…

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BEIJING: Although the Philippines is not on the two major routes in China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative, there are still “plenty of room for cooperation” between the two countries that would benefit Manila, a senior Chinese official said. In the next 10 years, countries in the OBOR “will…

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BEIJING: China’s massive infrastructure program in a way puts to shame the Duterte administration’s P9-trillion “Build, Build, Build” program. As you step out of the plane from Manila, a huge airport welcomes you to Beijing. Our flight was disembarked in Terminal 1 and we had to take a short train…

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RICE is an important part of the Filipino meal. A Filipino breakfast, lunch or dinner is not complete without rice, even if you have other carbohydrate-rich food like bread or pasta. Some of us even have rice meals for snacks. We tend to eat more rice with favorite Filipino recipes…

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EDUCATION is the best weapon to fight poverty and ignorance, a schoolteacher told a forum that I attended last week. The teacher was reacting to a long narrative by an activist on the struggle of farmers to own land. The teacher argued that farmers stand to have a better future…

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