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Tetangco’s last SoBA?

Every January, the Governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) traditionally renders to the banking community and other stakeholders what may be considered as the Governor’s State of Banking Address (SoBA).

If previous events are any indication, today’s (January 9) re-enactment is expected to attract almost 12 million devotees from all over. It will take the sea of maroon and yellow some 20 hours on the road as it moves the anda bearing the image of the Black Nazarene, inch by inch, from Luneta through the streets of Quiapo district and finally to the Quiapo church.

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Among all of our heroes, Dr. Jose Rizal, whose martyrdom we observed last December 30, is without any doubt the most written about. But one can never get tired leafing through Rizaliana materials. There is always something new, something interesting to learn about him.

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In a predominantly Catholic country like the Philippines, the main Christmas tradition is one of preparation for the coming of the Savior in an atmosphere of family togetherness and in the spirit of sharing.

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Up to 1901, Muntinlupa was part of Morong District (which was later renamed Rizal Province). Two years later, the Philippine Commission decreed – for reason unknown – that Muntinlupa should be part of Laguna, more specifically, the town of Biñan.

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President Rody Duterte has established his reputation as a straight shooter. He does not mince words to express his displeasure and he does so in very colorful language.

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