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Time to fly

Time to fly

  FLY not to escape the 2019 coro­navirus, but fly on the wings of domestic tourism. DoT Secretary Berna Puyat finds hope in local tours making up for the slack in in-bound tourism. Ms. Puyat has senior-itas and se­nior-itos to bank on to boost the revenues of airlines, hotels, restau­rants, department stores. As retir­ees enjoying […]

Father Suarez

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Father Suarez

  TO the followers and believers mourning the sudden, unexpected passing of the healing priest, Fr. Fernando Suarez, as he was playing tennis last Tuesday with other priests in Alabang, the news could not have come at a worse time. He was only three days away from his 52nd birthday, and think how many more […]

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Faith and fraud

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Faith and fraud

  INTRIGUING. After reporter Roy Mabasa wrote that “three members of the Davao City-based Kingdom of Jesus Christ . . . were arrested by agents of the Fed­eral Bureau of Investigation in differ­ent locations in the US as part of an ongoing probe on human trafficking and fund-raising scam,” I could not wait to see […]

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Timely words

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Timely words

  WORD of the day: Lockdown. As applied to Taal, Wuhan, and more places around the world. “Lockdown” does not appear in my old and battered dictionary, though the book is of millennial vintage. Thanks to frequent usage, no one who can put together vow­els and consonants need consult a dictionary to know what a […]

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Disposable fashion

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Disposable fashion

  FILIPINOS are among the most fashionably dressed in Asia, whether you include or exclude those crazy rich Asians (who are mostly Chinese anyway, and they live in Singapore, if Kevin Kwan is to be believed). A long time ago, as I recall the memory of the one and only Ernest Santiago, women of the […]

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Change has come

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Change has come

    THINGS will never be the same. To the people of Taal in particular, of Batangas in general. Convert­ing square kilometers of ash and dust into green grass and glens will take more than money, time, smarts. The world has become an evacuation center, a prison without walls, only partitions. To my friend Joya […]

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