TITA VALDERAMA

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COSMETIC products have become more popular with younger women nowadays, or so it seems. During my teenage years, we got to wear make-up only on special occasions such as school presentations, graduations and the like. Nowadays, you see young girls, some even in their high school uniforms, wearing lipstick, enhanced…

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EVERYONE deserves a chance, of course. Each one of us is given a chance to prove his worth, a chance to correct mistakes, a chance to change…hopefully for the better, not worse. Yes, even Mocha Uson deserves a chance to re-invent herself and be better known as Margaux Justiniano Uson…

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ARRIVING late for meetings and appointments has become normal in recent years primarily because of the worsening traffic everywhere in Metro Manila and other urban centers. Transportation and traffic problems have justified the so-called Filipino Time, the bad habit of being an hour or more late. Being late has become…

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RED is the dominant color of Christmas. Even in countries where they have a white Christmas because Christmas comes during winter time, people prefer red to decorate their homes, to dress up for parties and family gatherings, and to wrap gifts. For one, Santa Clause is dressed in red while…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte had said more than enough about it to stress his zero-tolerance policy for corruption, illegal drugs and criminality. When he led the groundbreaking for the P4.8-billion Bicol International Airport terminal in Daraga, Albay, on December 8, Duterte vowed to complete the construction of the terminal in two…

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IF President Rodrigo Duterte is contemplating reorganizing his Cabinet as a fresh start for the new year, the first on the chopping block should be Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre. I have nothing personal against Aguirre, nor am I disturbed over how his hair looks on television. I have never seen…

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LAWMAKERS, particularly senators and congressmen, have been called names like senatongs, tongresssmen, or representathieves. In the past, the House of Representatives used to be called the Lower House for having its offices on the lower floor of the building it jointly occupied with the Senate, which was the Upper House…

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THE wounds inflicted by martial law run too deep and burying the late dictator on hallowed ground earmarked for heroes only added insult to injury. The wounds are beyond healing obviously, as the younger generations are carrying on the fight for justice for victims of martial law atrocities and against…

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GIFT-GIVING is a popular Filipino tradition especially during birthdays and Christmas. But for those in government, receiving or accepting gifts even during Christmas have corresponding penalties under at least four laws. The laws treat the acts of receiving, or accepting gifts as criminal offenses constituting corruption or bribery. Curbing corruption…

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Teaching life skills across all educational levels and re-training teachers to acquaint them with modern tools are probably the most important action plans that the government must prioritize for the Philippine education system to be at par with its neighbors in the region. These are among the long list of…

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