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The Rape of Manila remembered

  SEVENTY-FOUR years ago to the day (Feb. 11), the battle to re-take Manila from Japanese hands (Feb. 3 to Feb. 29, 1945) was raging. On the 8th day, “a squad of Japanese soldiers entered the Red Cross Building and proceeded to shoot and bayonet everyone in the building, including staff doctors, patients and young […]

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Someone had blundered

  ON the fourth anniversary of the Mamasapano Massacre which resulted in the death of 44 police­men belonging to the Special Action Force, let me reprise what Iwrote for this publicationthree years ago. I borrowed from the famous “Charge of the Light Brigade”by Alfred Lord Tennyson. The “Charge of the Light Brigade” commemorates a disastrous […]

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Father Rocky’s street children

  JAMES Augustine Dino, a culinary arts graduate, was personally chosen by Chef Alain Ducasse to work in his famous Le Jules Verne restaurant in Paris, France. Benedict Sabularse and EdmarSumera, ballet dancers, are considered rising stars in Ballet Academy in Cannes, France and in Hamburg Ballet school in Germany, respectively. Robbie Bron, Rene Malleza, […]

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A sea of garbage

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A sea of garbage

  THE recently concluded “Tras­lacion” has established newer records of sorts – the longest procession, the best attended, the most organized, the least number of injured persons reported. Inevitably, however, it also earned the unenviable record for the larg­est volume of garbage generated in a single public event. Almost a half day after the procession […]

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PDEx breaches one trillion mark!

    WHEN the ceremonial bell rang at the Philippine Dealing and Exchange (PDEx) last Thursday, I thought I heard it ring longer than usual. For two good reasons, I found out minutes later. Nino Nakpil, President and CEO of PDEx, explained that ten years after its inception, the outstanding amount of corporate bonds listed […]

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Skipping ROTC

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Skipping ROTC

    THE revival of a proposal, coming no less from President Duterte, to make ROTC once again manda­tory has triggered renewed debates as to the effectiveness of ROTC as a tool to “inspire patriotism and love of country among the youth”. During my college days, I was an officer of the Ateneo Air Force […]

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