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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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Overclosed

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One look at the first television footages of Day One of Boracay’s closure and you were sure the island looks much better now without those massive crowds of tourists who brought in the revenue, the business, the commerce of man and money. Boracay, closed to tourists, closed to traffic by air, land, and sea, will be able to breathe again.

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WHEN the Manila International Airport Authority announced that they were ready to build toilets for the new genders, it gave me pause to ask what would they be called, what signs would they put on the door, what would the facilities consist of?

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Seniority pays

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That was a silvery haired senior citizen talking. She had just discovered how nice she could be (in the eyes of other people) when she stopped coloring her hair. “Now they make way for me, they try to be kind, or kinder.”

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Brittle, broken

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They are not even allowed to enjoy a massage. No contact, no rubbing, therefore no marriage? It’s a gamble, more so when the desire for children comes into the picture. As a genetic disorder, there’s always the danger of a son or sons contracting the disease and a daughter as potential carrier.

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Nestor’s legacy

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Whethermidnight comes in 5 or 10 years, friends and colleagues bid a fond farewell today to the oldest member of their tribe, Nestor Mata, 92, who reported and commented on the fables and foibles of ten presidents from Magsaysay to Duterte.

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