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A colleague of mine boasted long ago that he got an hour’s exercise every day by walking through SM Megamall, and he did it as soon as it opened, when it wasn’t too crowded yet. “And I don’t get bored,” he said. I tried it once, but I felt extremely…

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The University of the Philippines may have more than a hundred distinguished alumni: Five Philippine presidents, three vice presidents, six Senate presidents, thirteen Supreme Court justices, and 40 past and present senators; and the heroes of our democracy such as Benigno Aquino, Jovito Salonga, and Lorenzo Tañada.

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Good news and bad news on the Philippines. First the good news: The country posted an economic growth rate of 7.8 percent in the first quarter, the highest in Asia for the period and the highest under the administration of President Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III. Another good news: The…

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(Second of Two Parts) How did the Taiwanese conglomerate President Chain Stores get into the Philippines’ convenience-store industry to dominate it through its 7-Eleven stores? The credit goes to Philippine Seven’s top two Filipino major stockholders, both former trade and industry secretaries: Jose Pardo, who served under President Joseph Estrada…

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During the so-called dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos, whenever the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines denounced electoral fraud, it was enough to send jitters to Malacañang and the Commission on Eletions (Comelec). The fear was that whatever the bishops were complaining about would cause an outrage enough to topple the…

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(First of Two Parts) If there’s a company praying that the Philippines’ row with Taiwan doesn’t worsen, it is this billion-peso behemoth whose 829 convenience stores all over the country are getting to be as ubiquitous as Jollibee or Mercury. You see it nearly everywhere now, but because of its…

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“Excessive and unreasonable”. “Patently oppressive”. That’s how President Aquino describes the bill he vetoed, a bill that would have given centenarians a 75 percent discount on goods and services, among other benefits. “The discount exceeds the usual mark-up rate of most businesses and will obliterate profit margins and result in…

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The resumption of session by the lame duck 15th Congress on Wednesday, June 5, promises to be a slam-bang affair. Usually, the closing sessions of Congress are largely ceremonial, highlighted by the adoption of self-congratulatory resolutions. Well, I foresee high drama and tension, with Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile scheduled…

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In April, after the New People’s Army attacked the convoy of Gingoog City Mayor Ruth Guingona (the former vice president’s wife), wounding her and killing two of her police escorts, Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda taunted them: “They want to challenge us? Go ahead, make our day.” Apparently, the NPA has…

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For those of you distraught by Dan Brown Inferno’s depiction of Manila as the gates of Hell, listen to architect Jun Palafox. He says the Philippine is great for the following reasons: * No. 1 in marine biodiversity * No. 1 in number of seafarers * No. 1 in voice…

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