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MANY years passing, I recall a television interview with the late Phivolcs (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology) Director Raymundo Punongbayan on PTV-4. One question was on the Marikina Valley Fault Line (MVFL) and where this traversed. Presenting a miniscule cartography pointing the direction of the fault before the cameras required a follow-up. I asked, “What specific areas is the MVFL located, so the public may know?”. Punongbayan in his spectacles and bashful smile retorted, “Huwag na lang, at baka magalit ang mga land developers sa akin. Tingnan niyo na lang ang aming website”.

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THREE in one! Buy one take three! Triple treat! The offer was too good to resist kicking up a three-way conversation. Three p.r.o.’s (public relations officers) of the newsiest personalities in town together at one table and they were sitting in front of me, at a casual dinner that had nothing to do with the hottest news of the week.

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CONGRESS last year enacted a bill creating a Department of Transportation (DoTr) and a separate Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT). Transportation alone is such a big area that the DOTr is today up to its neck in the difficult problem of traffic gridlock in Metro Manila and other urban centers in the country. As for the DICT, it must plan for the great new world of digital communication in the cyber universe that knows no bounds on our planet.

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People were bringing children to Jesus that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” Then he embraced them and blessed them, placing his hands on them.

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Anyone would wonder about the fondness of President Rodrigo Duterte for the image of lions, colors red and white, and even the raised fist as shown evidently in his media interviews and public speeches. Unknown to many Filipinos, such symbolisms definitely ring a bell among Bedans. The cult-like tightness of Bedans for these symbols are attributed to the same traditions shared in San Beda’s more than a hundred years existence since 1901.

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Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee, but [Jesus] did not wish anyone to know about it. He was teaching his disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him, and three days after his death he will rise.” But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to question him.

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