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At that time Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not say a word in answer to her. His disciples came and asked him, “Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.” He said in reply, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But the woman came and did him homage, saying, “Lord, help me.” He said in reply, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.” Then Jesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed from that hour.

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The House of Representatives Secretariat was led by a truly a patriotic leader and exemplary public manager from February 2008 to July 2016. Atty. Marilyn B. Barua Yap, the first woman to be elected Secretary General of the House of Representatives in its more than 100 year-history is a walking, talking, and living definition of who a public manager-servant is.

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SHE was director general of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority, but the locators who adored her for her exceptional managerial abilities called her “General” (as did FVR, who first put her there). Now, 21 years after serving FVR and his successors up to PNoy, Lilia de Lima just wants to tend her garden and relax in her pretty little cottage in Laguna, filling the hours painting, what else but, flowers.

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THERE is a rising optimism among Filipinos in their views of both the quality of their own lives and the quality of the national economy as a whole.

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Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side of the sea, while he dismissed the crowds. After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening he was there alone.

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Addictions come in the form of liquor, cigarette, drugs, sex, lying, gambling, shopping, borrowing money, computer games, soft drinks, coffee, chocolates, social media, and many more.

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