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Don’t think

Don’t think

  “THE mountain moved.” “I heard a loud noise, like a helicopter approaching.” Those one-liners came not from a novelist’s notes but simple folk who were able to use such graphic language even as they stared into the face of the earthquake. The moving mountain frightened a member of the Aeta family in Castillejos, Zambales, […]

While it lasted

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While it lasted

  WELCOME back, all you folks with lovely weekend cot­tages within a few hours’ drive from Manila, all you blessed with ancestral homes in villages where you sought the pleasures of the countryside! Yet even as you managed to flee the heat of the city, we were celebrating your exit, the empty­ing out of our […]

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Notre Dame

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Notre Dame

  IS Paris burning? The first TV images of Notre Dame cathedral engulfed in flames made it look as if the whole city was on fire. But then the cathedral is not called Notre Dame (Our Lady) of Paris for no reason. Of the list of 49 titles bestowed by faith and tradition on Mary […]

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Penitential suffering

  AT the rate the water is drip­ping out of the faucet like tears, this has to be the worst, cryingest Lenten season of suf­fering. It takes 25 minutes to fill a 5-liter jug. Media track soaring temperatures but declining water levels in Angat and La Mesa go unreported. Short on water, short on electricity, […]

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Angels in L.A.

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Angels in L.A.

  THE TV series, “Lucifer,” is so good I cannot recommend it be­cause it is so bad, very bad. A care­ful reviewer wouldn’t dare to judge that it’s for adults only, as adults who are not grounded in theology could be easily seduced by the anti-God thesis of the plot and its char­acters. Lucifer is […]

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More to Malabon

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More to Malabon

    THE lady who was then secre­tary of Tourism was about to board her tricycle when she gave her parting shot to the reporters, “Forget Boracay. Go tour Malabon instead.” Malabon, tourist destination? Well, yes, according to Wanda Teo. On three wheels, no less. When Kris Aquino featured Malabon’s Calle Sarap of restaurants on […]

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