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ILLUSTRATION BY JOHN MICHAEL CARREON

PRESIDENT Aquino talked about the strength of the Filipino people at his last and longest State of the Nation Address (Sona). In effect, he reawakened our sense of nationalism. His clear, concise and thought-provoking address was imbued with patriotic fervor. As a Filipino, I appreciated the President’s efforts to promote love of country, especially since […]…

Posted Saturday, August 22, 2015 09:14:03 | Read More »

Dynasts rule »

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President Aquino should get serious about pushing the antidynasty law. He brought up the subject at his last State of the Nation Address, saying in Filipino that there is something inherently wrong in giving a corrupt family or individual the chance at an indefinite monopoly of public office. …

Posted Thursday, August 6, 2015 12:38:55 | Read More »

For the nth time, display vertical flag correctly »

Like a heckler, the bright red field of the flag behind President Aquino when he delivered his last State of the Nation Address distracted me. It seemed like it was calling attention yet again to be returned to its proper place in the flag.…

Posted Thursday, August 6, 2015 12:10:47 | Read More »

All hail Filipino women »

After President Aquino delivered his State of the Nation Address last week, Sen. Grace Poe had this to say in an interview: “All of the important and key [officials in his administration] who come out with tough decisions are women. So I am grateful to the President for seeing the potential and courage of a woman.”…

Posted Wednesday, August 5, 2015 02:03:05 | Read More »

Poorly written speech »

It was unfortunate that I had to listen to President Aquino’s last State of the Nation Address for nearly two hours, maybe more, only to end up in deep regret, mumbling to myself: “Alas, if P-Noy were in high school, he would have grossly failed in Speech Writing!” To clarify, imagine that P-Noy belonged to […]…

Posted Wednesday, August 5, 2015 02:00:07 | Read More »

‘Heritage-sensitivity’ course urged for Malacañang, DPWH »

HERITAGE advocates defended University of Santo Tomas (UST) after Malacañang criticized the 400-year-old institution for refusing the proposal of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to build a catch basin under the school’s football field to contain flood waters. Ivan Henares of the Heritage Conservation Society said that the open campus grounds of […]…

Posted Monday, August 3, 2015 12:20:45 | Read More »

Who’s Joe America? Why did he make it to Aquino’s Sona? »

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There are political pundits who strongly suspect that Joe America, the anonymous blogger whom President Aquino quoted in his sixth and last State of the Nation Address (Sona) last week, is the Chief Executive’s head speechwriter, Undersecretary Manuel “Manolo” Quezon III. The blogger, who describes himself in joeam.com as “a permanent resident in the Philippines” […]…

Posted Sunday, August 2, 2015 02:10:27 | Read More »

His best Sona »

By the time this sees print, we will have seen and heard more than our digestible share of comments and reviews on the latest and last Sona. Indulge me please. Let me add my two cents’ worth. Can I gush a little? I felt like a proud Mama. If I had a signature terno, I […]…

Posted Sunday, August 2, 2015 06:03:24 | Read More »

P-Noy’s legacy »

Your mantra for the week: “My every tomorrow showers me with even greater blessings.”…

Posted Sunday, August 2, 2015 06:00:16 | Read More »


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