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Plain housewives empowerment

Plain housewives empowerment

  THE world currently observes International Women’s Month this March. As usual, the celebration’s theme focuses on women’s empowerment and gender equality. Indeed, despite tremen­dous gains in women’s welfare over the decades, women generally remain a notch lower than men in several aspects. Plain housewives or mothers who are compelled to re­main at home to […]

A matter of debate

  IN many democratic countries around the world, debate is not just an academic platform in discussing crucial issues of public interest. Even in electoral exercises, it has become a tool in measur­ing a candidate’s depth of knowledge of issues and a reflection of the skill of a person on how to deliber­ate on the […]

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Performing arts

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Performing arts

  THE House of Represen­tatives and the Senate have both approved their respective bills seeking to invigorate and further pro­mote our country’s arts and culture. They did so before they went on recess for the upcoming mid-term elec­tions next May. The House measure, titled the “Philippine National Performing Arts Companies Act” (HB 7785) provides the […]

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The circus is back!

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The circus is back!

  PHILIPPINE elections have always been pejoratively compared to circuses. With the pomp and glamor that candi­dates bring with them when they file their cer­tificates of candidacy, it is hardly expected they would turn their festive celebration into violent bitter confrontations and vicious mudslinging just weeks later. More alarming yet is the way observers, view […]

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Voters’ discernment

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Voters’ discernment

    THE election campaign is now on. Expectedly, candidates will again un­leash what they have in their arsenals to win votes – including CASH, political gimmickry, and pompous promises. Hopefully, Filipino voters will be more discerning this time and go beyond mere name recall, popularity and/or notoriety, overly ambitious but short-sight­ed agenda promises and […]

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Protocol in shambles

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Protocol in shambles

    THE recent Jolo bomb­ings, particularly the Mt. Carmel Church ep­isode, has once again underscored the fragile peace that exists in Mind­anao and vulnerability of churches to attacks. While the motive behind the tragedy, which cost twenty-two lives, was not religious in nature and had nothing to do with the Bangsamoro Organic Law, the […]

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