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'Ber’ months on, countdown starts

By ROBERT R. REQUINTINA — Despite the hard times, here and abroad, Filipinos have reason to smile as the cool “ber” months begin Thursday, Sept. 1, ushering in the joyous countdown to Christmas. Radio programs begin playing holiday tunes as the world’s longest Christmas season unfolds in the Philippines, Read more »

The unsinkable Chavit Singson

By Joanne Rae M. Ramirez – It was really with trepidation and a racing heart that I stepped into the home of Gov. Luis “Chavit” Singson in Quezon City. Not just for his reputation as an Ilocano kingpin one dared not cross — but because a tiger weighing a Read more »

What is a Filipino hero?

By ELLSON A. QUISMORIO – If the bodies buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, are to be used as reference, then a Filipino hero is any of the following: a member of the Armed Forces, a former President, the former President’s widow Read more »

Samantha Sotto’s journey before Ever After

By MEANN ORTIZ – In Samantha Sotto’s fictional world, the road to immortality begins with dreams and ends with a choice and the will to overcome death. Her journey to becoming a published author also began with a dream, albeit one that you would not expect from someone who Read more »

2011 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Shamcey Supsup

By ROWENA JOY A. SANCHEZ – MANILA, Philippines – Instead of letting herself be overcome by the pressure of matching the fourth place finish of Maria Venus Raj in last year’s Miss Universe pageant, 2011 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Shamcey Supsup would rather use it “in a positive way.” The General Read more »

Filipinos stand tall in China

By MARIA TERESA T. ALMOJUELA – MANILA, Philippines — One may ask — amidst the preparations for the summitry of the State Visit of President Benigno S. Aquino III to China next week and its weighty agenda — how is the Philippines seen in China? A quick survey of Read more »

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