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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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Just in case

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Take it from the earthquake expert, Phivolcs Director and Undersecretary Renato Solidum: It’s objects falling on people during an earthquake that kill, not the shaking of the earth itself.

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Gloom, doom

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For the families of the thousands killed – innocent victims, collateral damage, or they-were- asking-for-it guilty – life will never be the same, no matter how deeply the surviving kin realize, without the ability to articulate such feelings, that mankind lives with death every day. Small consolation, that.

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Songs for farmers

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First, a nationwide search for outstanding farmers. Followed by a festival of indie movies about farming and the Filipino farmer. Last Sunday, from a harvest of 10 finalists in a songwriting competition – the songs sung in praise of farmers – the best three songs were chosen.

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The great escape

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WHEN the city empties out for the Holy Week exodus, doesn’t it seem as if people are fleeing an unholy place? Why the rush to leave town unless it was a vile and sinful place during a sacred and holy time? What’s everyone trying to flee or escape from?

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It must be the heat of summer, President Duterte and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez making sizzling statements about affairs and mistresses, and not just their own.

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