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Tears for Bora

ERIC Torres, art collector and curator, poet and teacher, once wrote a poem about how we as a people blessed with an abundance of gifts have the perverse nature of squandering our blessings. His metaphor was the fire hydrant, an emergency device to help firemen put out a fire. It did not matter that the hydrant, once forcibly opened by neighborhood toughs to wash their clothes or take a shower, spewed out water by the tens of gallons by the minute, from here to eternity. Until some alert, civic-minded citizen reported the anomaly to MWSS or Nawasa, which could take forever, water poured like a little Niagara Falls.

Love later

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Like a gift from heaven, market researchers revealed on Valentine’s Day that six out of 10 Filipinos prefer a career over a love life. In Davao, the same judgment was made by one in every five singles.

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They’ll be back

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As it turned out, a major problem solver during the last few weeks was the round-up of a fleet of “bulok” jeepneys that were full of “usok” – no small victory for MMDA, LTO, and i-ACT. Motorists felt the difference immediately and wondered how long the joy rides, in a manner of speaking, would last.

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‘What sin?’

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A horror story that is as terrifying as it is outrageous, about a simple girl working as a household helper in Kuwait whose body was found in a freezer – by accident, when police went looking for her employers for not paying rent.

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We

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BY a confluence/congruence of events, today the 15th day of the second month is where three streams of our cultural life meet. It’s the eve of the Chinese New Year; it’s the day after Valentine’s Day, essentially an American tradition (some would say a Hallmark custom); it’s also the day after Ash Wednesday, a Judaeo-Christian rite that opens the season of Lent culminating in the great feast of Easter Sunday 40 days later.

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Inside story

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WAS anybody in Bangko Sentral or the Department of Finance shocked when they read a statement attributed to the finance minister of Bangladesh that he will “wipe out” a Filipino bank for an $81 million cyber attack that happened two years ago?

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