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Fateful February

Fateful February

    IT was Manila’s fate to be caught between the super­sized ego of American Gen. Douglas MacArthur and the loy­alty of Japanese Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita to his emperor. The world’s two most powerful gen­erals fought the Battle of Manila at a cost of 100,000 civilian lives and the destruction of the Pearl of the […]

Armida’s song

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Armida’s song

  IF there was anyone with a claim to a signature song, it was Armida Siguion-Reyna with her “Aawitan Kita.” Everything she touched turned into a statement of who she was and what she was about. Strong­willed, headstrong, highly opin­ionated and fiercely combative with a sword’s-edge sense of hu­mor, she truly enjoyed trouncing her enemies […]

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Bay watch

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Bay watch

    AS Ted Failon put it, we’re clean­ing up Manila Bay now for fu­ture reclamation? If a survey were to be taken, how many percent would approve of the cleanup? 101 percent! How many would want their bay reduced by reclamation? Zero or below-zero? It’s a case of serendipity that the news of hundreds […]

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‘Rampage’ is relentless

    WHEN James M. Scott sub­mitted the first draft of his book about the Battle of Manila that was fought between the world’s two most powerful gen­erals, his editor was appalled at the witness accounts of the wounds, decapitation and muti­lation of body parts, rape, tor­ture, the beastly slaughter of thousands and other unspeak­able […]

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A vote for newbies

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A vote for newbies

  I’VE been to Utopia and I’ve seen the future. Given the chance, every single blessed sen­atorial candidate in the May elec­tions will take us to the Promised Land. We have seen and heard them on radio and TV, gauged their performance, appreciated their promises, watched their passion, sincerity, and delighted at the no­bility of […]

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Liters of light

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Liters of light

    YOU think small when you light one candle at a time to dispel darkness. Illac Diaz, who should one day be chief of the United Nations, and his friends and volunteers have been cre­ating bottles of light – 350,000 as of last count – in more than 15 countries, each one-liter bot­tle designed […]

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