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A 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck Batangas last Tuesday, sending portions of the walls of the Taal Basilica crashing down, followed by 60 aftershocks that were felt all over Southern Luzon and Mindoro as well as Metro Manila and Bulacan.

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Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served, while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him.

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I RECALL the late 60s, Japanese tourists wearing cameras over necks, taking pictures of significant products or sights in the country. Whether in watch, clothing, shoe stores etc., they were at it. A few took nervous side glances, before taking a shot, masking motives for such insatiable bent for collecting images when abroad. It became clear to me, this was a patriotic zeal to bring home said pictures, so Japan could copy the design for budding industries/factories destroyed after World War II.

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THE lean months for rice in the Philippines traditionally start in July and end in September. Last March, there were signs that the summer rice harvests may not be able to reach the targets set by the National Food Authority (NFA).

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Many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what Jesus had done began to believe in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, “What are we going to do? This man is performing many signs. If we leave him alone, all will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our land and our nation.” But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing, nor do you consider that it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish.” He did not say this on his own, but since he was high priest for that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God. So from that day on they planned to kill him.

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In the Pacific side of Japan, Tokyo for example, winter is relatively mild. It doesn’t get much snow. However, when you cross a series of mountain ranges to the west side of Japan, it is one of the snowiest regions in the world with incredible amount of long-lasting snowfalls.

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