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THE month of May is a special one for Filipinos. It is the month of fiestas, with many towns all over the country honoring their patron saints. It is the month of special festivals that draw visitors from all over the country and from around the world. It is the month of flowers, for the rains start falling in May after the hot summer months, and the scent of sampaguitas, ilang-ilang, roses, and other blooms – the Flores de Mayo – is in the air.

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Beijing is planning to clear the smog from the skies with the help of Mother Nature. The latest proposal is to build a ventilation corridor. It calls for creating five wind routes, more than 500 meters wide, which run largely from the capital’s northern suburban areas to the south. Some secondary corridors will be more than 80 meters wide. The corridor will be created by connecting the city’s parks, rivers, highways along with their green belts, as well as low building blocks.

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In all the years that I’ve been teaching financial management, I can say that one of the greatest secrets to financial freedom is to live within your means.

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We are in the final week of the election campaign and our many candidates will be making their final efforts to win the support of voters. The campaign officially ends this Saturday. Sunday is a day of rest. Then at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 9, the voting begins.

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POPE Francis sought to give new life to his efforts to help Syrian refugees when he visited the Greek island of Lesbos some two weeks ago, then brought back with him to the Vatican 12 Syrians in three families. The three families had fled Syria for Turkey, then set out for Greece across the Aegean Sea, and reached Lesbos where they found hundreds of other refugees all seeking to move on to central Europe.

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Even before you open your mouth to speak, think thoroughly about what you are going to say. Ask yourself, will it be beneficial or harmful to yourself and to others? Will your words bring life or death? Will it build up or destroy someone?

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