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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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There’s no place like home

One of the reasons for the exhilaration I felt was the fact that I was returning to an industry that was rapidly changing. The changing demographic landscape of our country was having a major impact on the real estate industry.

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New chiefs

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New chiefs

President Rodrigo Duterte announced last month two important appointments to two critical posts in government: Metro Manila police chief Director Oscar Albayalde as the new Philippine National Police (PNP) chief replacing retiring Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, and Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez as Armed Forces Chief of Staff vice Lt. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, who retired last April 18 after a six-month extension in office.

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Working mothers

WE commemorated Mother’s Day last Sunday. I am sure many of us used the occasion to show our Nanays, Inays, Moms, and Mommies, how much we love them. In this column, I would like to pay tribute to all the Filipino mothers who have shattered the stereotype and have successfully balanced working hard for the family and raising their family. It is a difficult job but our Filipino women should be commended for their “sipag at tiyaga” and love as far as the future of their loved ones is concerned.

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