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First word WHILE the world’s attention was riveted on Pope Francis and IS (strangely, the names rhyme), Protestantism marked on October 31,2017,the 500th anniversary (quincentenary) of the start of the Reformation, which Martin Luther initiated with his 95 theses against the Catholic Church and which then began the founding of…

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LIBERAL Party congressman Teddy B. Baguilat embodied all that is wrong about the political opposition when he mocked our hosting of the Asean summit by alleging that it was a waste of time and resources. He tweeted that we spent billions of pesos in hosting it but we did not…

Editorial

EDITORIAL

THE Philippines is riding high these days, first with the successful hosting of the Asean summit and second with the higher than expected economic growth rate of 6.9 percent in the third quarter. But even as the country relishes the good news, its leaders better keep an eye on what…

Columnists

JOSE V. ROMERO JR., PHD.

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THE perceptive column on population by my fellow columnist Yen Makabenta avers to the meeting of minds between the Church and anti-population planners on the issue of planned parenthood. He quotes from a book of former British Prime Minister Lady Thatcher the following: “Perhaps the single most pressing problem for…

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THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) has just concluded its annual summit hosted by the Philippines this year which just happens to be the 50th anniversary of its founding. From an original five-nation organization in 1967, Asean has more than doubled its membership, including those with observer status, into…

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First of 2 parts NOW that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) has turned 50 years old, I have been asked to look at Asean in the next 50 years. If we are a market of 650 million people today, we will be over a billion in 50 years.…

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PARIS: Six months after riding his own political movement to power in a sensational upset for French politics, President Emmanuel Macron faces the first signs of rebellion in his party. The 39-year-old leader pulled off what few thought possible by creating a pro-Europe centrist movement from scratch in April 2016…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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TO many’s eternal dismay, President Rodrigo Duterte won unquestionably big for hosting the just concluded 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), East Asian, and 13 other Asean bilateral (Asean-US, Asean-China, Asean-Japan, Asean-Korea, Asean-India, etc.) summits, even though it set back the Filipino taxpayers by at least P15.5 billion, according…

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LOLIT Sanchez, the patient and gracious widow of Bobbit, is gone. Bobbit was a Con-Con delegate, labor secretary and a lawyer who obtained nearly 92 percent in the bar in 1954 (eldest brother of Eddie, our Rizal Hi valedictorian, who topped the board exams in chemical engineering). Bobbit was the…

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AT the end of October, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) announced that Baguio City had been admitted to its Creative Cities Network. This is a singular opportunity for Baguio to be in the Unesco platform for the next four years for life-long learning, cross-cultural sharing, innovation…

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EVER since the Commission on Higher Education issued CHED Memorandum No. 46, s.2012, the ball started rolling to convert the traditional syllabus into an outcomes-based format. The CHED issuance ruled that syllabi adopt the outcomes-based mode of instruction. Academics all over the country devoted serious time to rewrite their respective…

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N1963, the legendary Russell Baker, writing in The New York Times, explained how we in the press, years before the nation’s next presidential campaign, are miraculously able to agree upon who qualify—and, perhaps more importantly, who do not qualify—as plausible White House contenders. Baker identified the “Great Mentioner” as the…