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Always lacking

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Always lacking

  HOW can we teach our children to love discovering the world through their books and their teachers’ eyes when packing them into poorly ventilated, jampacked classrooms is a daily punishment? The school-age population has grown another 2.5 percent – and it’s no coincidence that the figures are almost identical with the annual birth rate. […]

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Trashy tsunami

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Trashy tsunami

  GARBAGE as metaphor? Tons and tons brought into our beautiful once-pristine islands by merchants without a conscience – what’s a clean con­science against dirty profits? At no time in the history of smuggling has there been a more noxious tsunami of trash dumped on our shores by “rich” countries such as Canada, Aus­tralia, Korea, […]

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Cheap thrills

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Cheap thrills

  MANNY Sison owns a price­less collection of Chinese blue-and-whites. The collection has grown to museum size, which he keeps in his hometown in Isa­bela. Manny is rarer than you and me in another sense, i.e., he has made it his life’s business to “make reading affordable.” Notice he doesn’t say affordable books, but to […]

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1, 2, or none

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1, 2, or none

  BENEATH the spreading boughs of the fire tree, its flowers aflame and spreading like wildfire, the city sizzles in the heat of a long dry summer. So hot, so humid, so little rain dur­ing the rainy season. Comes now the incoming sea­son – back to school, kids! – and our heroic teachers, fresh from […]

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Happy loser

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Happy loser

  FOR my friend and ex-future senator of the realm, losing the good fight was both a relief, physically and psychologically, and a great life experience. He went places where he’d never been before. Met characters he’ll never see again. Learned stuff a Ph.D. would sniff only in virtual re­ality or book knowledge. Now that […]

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Kerfuffled

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Kerfuffled

  A GLAMOROUS grandmoth­er several times over, with nary a line of a wrinkle on her face. A former justice of the Supreme Court. Former chief of the Office of the Ombuds­man. And now, adding to her distinguished c.v., the most eyecatching title of them all, suspected security threat. How Conchita Carpio Morales is going […]

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