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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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The frontline of democracy

The barangay elections are scheduled to be held in less than two weeks time. This is an important democratic process that we should take seriously. The last barangay elections were held in 2013 while the last synchronized barangay and SK elections were held in 2010.

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The selfie and politics

I am not exactly sure when it actually happened. I cannot remember the precise moment when things changed. But slowly I began to notice the metamorphosis from shaking the hands of people, carrying and kissing a baby, or hugging a smiling lola, to smiling in front of mobile handheld phones. I suddenly felt my cheek getting numb from the smiles I had to flash as I huddled with happy crowds with all their mobile phones raised to capture our selfie moments.

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