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Movie melodies

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THE sound of Christmas is the music of carols. Imagine Christmas without O Holy Night and Jingle Bells. Then imagine a movie without sound, sound effects (crash! boom! bang bang!), and music. Can you visualize “Sound of Music” without a soundtrack?

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Inexorably, the hours and days accelerate toward Dec. 24-25, yet feng shui masters already have one foot in the door of the Year of the Dog, to start no sooner than the day after Valentine’s. Masters and Grand Masters all over the world have read their ephemeris: Will man’s best friend make the world a friendlier place in 2018?

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Christine, 49

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CHRISTINE Herrera, 49. Invoking editor’s prerogative, I called her Christine Guerrera. A warrior masquerading as a reporter. Fighter. Subversive. She saw only black and white, never gray. She was driven by hunger, the hunger for news and to tell the story well, even if it could mean another libel suit. She lived for her scoops, the deadline kept her going, by the hourly last-minutes to chase her sources, pursue her leads, trust her gut, ignore the “no comment” comments that would’ve deflated another reporter.

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Money, harmony

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ONCE a year the Vatican summons exorcists to Rome to attend an international convention of exorcists. Once a year the International Feng Shui Association (IFSA) holds a convention of Grand Masters and experts. There are more things to learn than are dreamed of in our philosophies.

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That’s the spirit!

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Don’t know about you and your friends, but mine have actually, seriously started behaving and socializing like it’s Christmas already. Seriously. A good thing, too, this December-in-November, seeing as how bad the traffic will be with the shopping, the endless partying, delivering gifts, and visiting special people wherever, whenever.

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Manila – centric

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The last time President Duterte gave an order to DOTr Usec and MMDA GM Tim Orbos, it was, “Speed things up, kawawa ang mga tao.” Pity the people who lose six hours of their 24 – but who’s counting the hours lost during that all-day all-night gridlock on EDSA last Saturday?

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