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I HAD the privilege of addressing the 2018 graduating classes of the University of the Philippines (UP) Visayas in Miagao, Iloilo and UP Cebu last June. I was happy to see the joy in the eyes of the graduates as they celebrated completing at least 4 years of UP education. They exuded hope and enthusiasm for a future that they are tasked to shape. It’s a tall order but I am confident that my fellow Iskolars ng Bayan are up to the task.

Historic summit

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Historic summit

By Senator Manny Villar Last June 12, 2018, as we were commemorating our 120th Independence Day, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in Singapore for a historic summit. At the center of the summit’s agenda was the nuclear program of North Korea and more importantly taking the first steps […]

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Dream big

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Dream big

This is a continuation of the Commencement Speech I delivered to the 2018 graduates of the University of the Philippines Visayas last June 22 in Miagao, Iloilo. * * * MY GRADUATION About five years ago, I also had my “graduation.” After 21 years in public service, I left politics in 2013 and returned to […]

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Dream big (part 2 of 3)

This is a continuation of the Commencement Speech I delivered to the 2018 graduates of the University of the Philippines Visayas last June 22 in Miagao, Iloilo. ***** Dream Big When I was growing up, my dreams were simple: a better life, a bright future. But it was not big. I had no interest in […]

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From Iloilo  to Naga

By Senator Manny Villar WHENEVER we talk about how beautiful the Philippines is, we are most probably referring to our provinces and our countryside. Don’t get me wrong, Metro Manila has its own charms – the historic center in Intramuros, the grit and appeal of Manila, the modernity of its business districts. But nothing compares […]

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Commencement speech

It is a time to be thankful for the people who helped you in this great personal achievement. Thank your teachers who burned the midnight oil checking exams and essays; those who gave you advice not just in academics but in life as well. Thank even your teachers who tormented you or flunked you in class. You will become a better person for it, I assure you. Suffering, they say, builds character.

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