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OF the thousands of Filipino tourists who went to Japan last month to hunt for the most beautiful, most lavish cherry blossoms that spring could yield, how many were disappointed and how many were elated? It depended on their timing and the accuracy of their reading of the weather map predicting the flowers’ budding and blooming.

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All aboard!

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DON’T ask if DoTr and its MRT-3 maintenance provider are about to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Just don’t let it be the headlight of an oncoming train!

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It’s been a colossal failure that was decades in the making. Like the traffic crises and the transportation disasters that didn’t happen overnight, the spectacle of Kadamay’s “occupy” movement was a slow burn that grew into a bonfire.

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‘Common law’

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Technically, she’s not Mrs. Rodrigo Duterte, so she’s not his first lady. But as official hostess to the wives of six heads of state here for the ASEAN summit, does Honeylet Avanceña deserve to be labeled a “common-law wife” by a coldbloodedly, linguistically precise media?

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Bamboo and you

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LAST Tuesday, four bamboo scientists and the head of the Philippine Bamboo Foundation were updating journalists on bamboo – it’s not a tree, it’s a grass – and its potential as a plant with multifarious uses as a construction material, ingredient for beer, and component for everything from toilet paper to watch bracelets.

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Your e-kit

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THREE years ago at the height of Francis Tolentino’s pitch for earthquake preparedness, our household joined in the national exercise to practise dropping, covering, and holding, and dutifully obeyed advice to pack an emergency kit to help us survive a magnitude-7 or 8 shaker.

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