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  Mar 07, 2022

Are You Part of the 40%?

SWS survey says 40% of Filipinos Feel Their Life Worsened Compared to Last Year

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  Feb 26, 2022

Spotting Fake News? 51% says it’s Hard

The December 2021 survey found 51% saying it is difficult (consisting of 13% very difficult and 38% somewhat difficult) for them to know if a piece of news or information from the television,...

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  May 24, 2022

Thank you, Bongbong — You Woke Them Up

A few noisy activists can be a stone in your shoe. Imagine 15 million angry and eager for change, 15 million adept at communications, brighter, richer, more mobile, with social media accounts and devices as megaphones for their thoughts and grumblings.

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  May 05, 2022

The Marcos Restoration: A National Shame

Hadn’t the revolution promised so much and given very little? Don’t we have the same unresponsive government? The same patronage system? The widespread corruption in all levels of the government? The continuing plunder of taxpayer money?

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  Mar 14, 2022

A TV Ad that Emboldens the Poor

"Today, with a smile on his face, the poor man can go up to the counter and ask for medicine he can afford. He can even sing it."

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  Mar 13, 2022

"Mang Tomas sa Pandesal?"

"The ad said, 'uy, wala ng ulam, buti na lang may Mang Tomas' ...palaman sa pandesal... ang galing talaga ni mommy, parang si Mcgyver'."

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  May 15, 2022

Despite Huge Victory, Bongbong Underwhelms

A Philippine commentator described Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr’s victory as overwhelming. This is apt based on the current vote count.

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  Apr 03, 2022

Good Vs Evil? It’s Not That Simple

For a campaign that anchors itself on love, there is so much hate hurled at critics and those whose views are different. What VP Leni’s supporters need to understand is that this is alienating their candidate further from the votes she badly needs.

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  Apr 20, 2022

Is There Enough Time? Can Leni Do a Binay?

Pundits, campaign experts, and even the camp of Vice President Robredo have pointed to Jojo Binay’s 2010 win as proof that a last-minute surge was possible. The signs are encouraging. But here’s a reality check

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  Feb 21, 2022

The Fall of the Dictatorship

Marcos’ failing health, coupled with the looming threat from the anti-capitalist left, led to widespread concern for a stable succession among the country’s economic elite—the main beneficiaries of Martial Law’s crony capitalism.

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  May 20, 2022

I Sleep with My Mind Ajar

They come in the dark, slithering so, they need the night, preferring you asleep, your cabinets unlocked, fists unclenched

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  May 17, 2022

Mama’s Hair

Con­tained in this small pock­et of verse are moments of care, regret, guilt, humor, ten­der­ness, ill­ness and hurt that are all trig­gered by a med­i­ta­tion on hair.

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  May 11, 2022

Job at the Junkyard

Working with one's hands

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  Apr 15, 2022

Love Poem for Ted Neeley In Jesus Christ Superstar

I didn’t come to worship but you’ve left me no choice... you still rock those power ballads, still heal with the same sweet force...

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  Apr 09, 2022

Momotaro in the Philippines

Momo­taro is best known as the boy hero birthed from the seed of a peach in Japan­ese folk­lore. For Fil­ipino-Amer­i­can poet, Chan, peach­es evoke ali­en­ness: Europe, cans, boy-heroes, Japan, and Amer­i­ca — peach­es are part of the glob­al world of trade.

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  Apr 01, 2022

Stolen Glances

Ted Kooser chooses an amusing poem about mirrors, and it is a rare one with rhyme.

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  Mar 24, 2022

Superhero Pregnant Woman

Former national Poet Laureate Ted Kooser picks out a funny poem about pregnant women.

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  Mar 22, 2022

How Poetry Can Help People Get Through Hard Times – 4 Essential Reads

Poetry can often help people make sense of the world in difficult times.

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  May 25, 2022

Long Live Indie Rock!

Here are some of the latest vinyl reissues from indie rock darlings from the 90s and beyond

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  Nov 29, 2021

Edwin Wilwayco and his Journey through Jazz

Interlude is one of Wilwaycoʼs most complex group of paintings in that the ideas expressed cover a range of themes.

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  Oct 31, 2021

The Acrylics of the Accountant

"While many all over the world wept and cowered in corners, Ason worked and was relied on, finished her masteral studies, picked up the brush and pleased others and herself."

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  Aug 22, 2021

We Survived Hand-to-hand Combat with Covid

"My father was driven around (hooked to his oxygen tank) around Metro Manila for half a day. Those of us left at home called hospitals and government channels to see if any of them could help us out. Each time we were rejected or told to wait but we knew we did not have time to spare."

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  Jun 25, 2021

Quality Survives the Quarantine

"What pandemic? We beat our highest pre-Covid sales figures with less branches open."

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  Jun 21, 2021

"Binay There, Done That"

"The rich can look after themselves. It is the poor who depend on government, and they expect government to look after their well-being."

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  Jun 04, 2021

Philippine Politics and the Marcos Technocrats

"Tadem’s analysis is important not just as history. She has made an important contribution to what, in many ways, is the beginning of the answer to this history."

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  Oct 27, 2021

She Said What?!

She Said What?!

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  Oct 06, 2021

Remember that Indonesian Guy and his Rice Cooker Wife? They’re Now Divorced

Indonesian Man Marries Rice Cooker, Divorces It 4 Days Later

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  Oct 05, 2021

In a Brawl? Never Give Up

In a Brawl? Never Give Up

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  Sep 30, 2021

You May Now Kiss the Cooker

Photos of an Indonesian man marrying a rice cooker have gone viral, catching the attention of Indonesian media.

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  May 26, 2022

If your Pets Could Talk, They’d Say…

Do you talk to your pets? I do. And I get laughed at by some friends and relatives whenever they see me do so. Then, they would tell me that I was being ridiculous in thinking that animals can understand me.

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  May 17, 2022

Cats and Dwarves

"I also have read many times in different psychic books that cats see spirits, dwarves and other beings from what we call The Other Side."

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  Nov 27, 2021

'Island Life'

A Christmas Ritual in this Poor Country

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  Jun 27, 2021

Thus Said the Lourd

Thus Said the Lourd

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  Jun 19, 2021

Ayoko Na Sa 'Yo

Ayoko Na Sa 'Yo

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  Jun 17, 2021

From the Hand and Heart of Robert Alejandro

From the Hand and Heart of Robert Alejandro

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