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Food streets

It’s more than one street, actually, a network of streets branching out from the spinal column that’s Tomas Morato, streets named after Boy Scouts who perished in a plane crash more than 50 years ago. The houses there were designed for the professional class – lawyers, teachers, engineers, musicians, writers, artists, hairstylists, doctors – until from out of the kitchen one fine day, everyone saw the trend: family-size homes converted into restaurants and, in a few cases, lodges and BnB’s, too. And why not, the area was known for its low-rise houses with gardens and backyards (with their “dirty kitchens”), multi-car garages, flowering trees and hedges.

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Hospitality is hot

EVELYN Singson is cooking up a storm, and high school graduates with an eye on the global tourism/hospitality industry should turn their umbrellas upside-down to catch the big splash.

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Belaboring ‘endo’

Labor contracting or service contracting (preferred by the contractors) implies a hundred rules with a hundred loopholes, so is it any wonder the issue of “endo” or end-contractualization is as dense as it is confusing. What management sees as the answer to aimless job hunting, union leaders decry as a violation of workers’ rights.

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‘Infinity’, serendipity

IN her effort to raise awareness of the deteriorating condition of the Banaue rice terraces, a private citizen may have struck gold with the massive, record-breaking success of “Avengers: Infinity War.” As thousands of Filipino fans may have noticed – the scene takes place in a matter of seconds, but what a sight, what a sunset! – the terraces are the last image on the screen before The End fades out to a forest of credits naming cast and crew, producers, director, writers, special and visual effects artists, stuntmen, CG technicians, carpenters, costume and makeup designers, etc.

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Labor of love

I WAITED two years to find a mason, and that was by accident. Friends are always looking for a carpenter or mason or plumber of one kind or another, and when they’re impossible to find, that’s when you begin to wonder if they’re all in Dubai or Dublin.

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Employable you

According to a university professor whose main task is screening applicants for teaching positions, the average comprehension level of her interview subjects is grade 4. Grade 4! A graduate of a four-year course in a city in Eastern Visayas flunked a job interview when she admitted that she could not write a business letter in English. Only 25 percent of the 6,000-plus who took the last bar exams passed. What does that say of their level of comprehension, their ability to understand and answer questions, and their qualification to take the board exams?

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