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QUICK, before the flame flowers of the fire tree melt, dissolve in the rains of June, drive around Quezon City or go south to Cavite-Laguna and see how the sunset-hued treetops have divided the year in two. Yes, before we know it, it will be Christmas, and Christmas traffic, alas!

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Chef or cook?

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“ARE you a chef?” the pretty French girl, a sous chef, asks her new friend, Hassan, whose father has just opened an Indian restaurant in a snooty French village.

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A new wow

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These days when somebody says wow about “our Dick” (to quote Bobby Joseph) they’re more likely to refer to his Herculean work as chairman of Philippine Red Cross.

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Ali in Manila

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WHEN Muhammad Ali knocked the gum shield out of Joe Frazier’s mouth in the middle of “Thrilla in Manila”, I had no idea what that thing was that had landed on my left forearm. It looked like a mouth without teeth, and only when I saw drops of blood on its inside did it dawn on me that someone had just been hurt pretty bad.

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2 Presidents

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A TALE of two Presidents. One in barong tagalog, the other in T-shirt, checks or plaids. One in Malacañang, the other in Davao City. One calling a press conference at odd hours, the other giving exclusive interviews and tours of the palace he will be exiting by month’s end. One coming in, the other going out.

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WATCHING Rodrigo Duterte preside over a midnight press conference in Davao City, I didn’t expect I could stay awake and interested from 11 p.m. to 2:11 a.m. the next day. Even so, as he dismissed his interrogators with the threat of keeping them until 7 o’clock if they didn’t get out of there, the reporters still crowded him, asking questions (including those already asked and answered) not like journalists out to trap a subject in the wee hours but like friends who were just catching up.

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