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One scandal would’ve been enough.
Because my mind is in the past (the mid-eighties) and in the gutter (the porn biz) for reasons that will become clear, I've spent a lot of time thinking about the September 1984 issue of Penthouse. How to convey the magnitude of the ...
 
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Since Cary Floirendo Lagdameo came on board, the family business has grown 400 percent.
Family businesses don’t always last. Many fall out of the family by the second or third generation as a business isn’t a promise that the kids will be able to keep the engines running when the legacy is passed on.It’s only the ...
 
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Physical greatness alone will never again suffice to anoint a hero.
Let’s reminisce, shall we? On marveling at His Airness in ’89. How it felt to witness him catch the rock in Cleveland’s Richfield Coliseum, and with three ticks left, pound a pair of off-hand dribbles, rise, and hang lifetimes at the foul ...
 
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On Philippine history: Should it be told in context to the nation or to the globe?
History must be learned and read, but how must it be told? This is the challenge of historians and historiography today.Top Story: Mark Twain Had an Idea For a Philippine FlagHistoriography, or the act of writing history, is not just a matter of ...
 
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From beautiful waterfalls to controversial sites of mass migration.
Years ago, our forefathers gathered around a map and declared that these hand-drawn lines would be the borders that would define the world. Some lines cut across the land in a clean line, while others were drawn over bodies of water. Some ...
 
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The 22 times Filipinos had their names written in the stars.
It’s one thing to be known around the world. It’s another thing entirely to be known throughout the universe. Literally. There are currently 22 objects up in space bearing names of Filipino gods, heroes, writers, and towns.Top Story: 10 Celebrities With Surprising Degrees and ...
 
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It's always the civilians who pay the price.
Seventy-five years ago, the United States of America dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Nagasaki and the memory of the carnage still lives to this day. In an instant, almost 80,000 souls were snuffed out, just a little less ...
 
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A quick guide for the damned.
If you clicked on this story, then you know hell was meant for you. Welcome to the horde of the damned. Maybe you pissed off a priest or ran over a dog. Maybe you bookmarked Pornhub or let your rage out on ...
 
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Scribbled musings as lockdown enters its fifth month.
The notion that after this pandemic, everything will return to normal is an escapist narrative. It feeds our incessant longing to get out, even if we have little avenues to do so. Everywhere we go and everyone we have become intimate with are ...
 
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You have to see the detail that went into this Table of Elements.
Admittedly, the quarantine has put some of us in one heck of a slump—but it has also given us a lot of time to do things we couldn't before (Raise your hands, newbie plantitas and plantitos!). One De La Salle Brother put ...
 
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The empire's cruel human experiments on Filipinos during World War II.
It seems there is no end to human cruelty when there is war. We’re familiar with the stories of rape, murder, death marches, and enslavement. Filipinos were no strangers to this type of suffering during World War II. But little has been ...
 
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"Know when to balance work with a little sense of humor."
Vico Sotto currently serves as the mayor of Pasig City. On June 30, 2020, the mayor commemorated his first year in service. In the 12 months of being seated as the mayor, Vico Sotto has been busy spearheading all sorts of initiatives ...
 
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How to emotionally and mentally deal with losing your job.
Thousands if not millions have lost or might soon lose their jobs as a result of the pandemic, creating an economic and social problem for Filipinos. A deeper look into the numbers and statistics will tell you a story of greater struggle—the ...
 
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He went on to become one of the greatest statesmen in Philippine history.
Activism in 2020 gets a bad rap. There’s no doubt about it. Nowadays, the word “activist” has been misconstrued to mean “terrorist,” a scary turn of events for democracy. Instead of getting into the debate of activist versus terrorism, let’s take a ...
 
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These creatures are everywhere.
What is a Congress? According to science, it’s a group of toxic, predatory, slimy salamanders.Pretty much a cross between a fat worm and a slithery lizard, a salamander is actually an amphibian, not a reptile, despite appearances. Some have also described salamanders ...
 
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Mel Tiangco delivered the news of ABS-CBN's denial of franchise on July 10.
Mel Tiangco was assigned to report on 24 Oras on Friday, July 10, when the Committee on Legislative Franchises of the Lower House denied giving a new franchise to her former home network, ABS-CBN.Some commented they noticed the broadcaster emphatically saying the ...
 
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An essay on media bias, personal bias, and the inconsequentiality of the bias of it all.
When we talk of "bias" nowadays, we often refer to the buzzword circulating on critical remarks directed against the news media. As a mere observer of the circus known as contemporary political and social affairs, we may have really gone haywire unlike ...
 
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Filipinos know struggle.
Filipinos know struggle. They know the conflict, war, violence, and suffering. They know what it’s like to be colonized, ostracized, and discriminated. So it should come as no surprise that when other nations cast out their unwanted citizens, Filipinos opened their arms ...
 
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One remedy has instructions for people bitten by rabid dogs.
The UST Heritage Library is a depository of 30,000 ancient books dating back from the 15th to the 19th century. When we visited its holdings in May 2019, there was one book that caught our attention because of its peculiar contents: Ang Mahusay ...
 
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Finding the true comparative size of our country.
The 7,641 islands of the Philippines is home to more than 100 million Filipinos, and the sheer cultural and environmental diversity of our archipelago should be enough to prove just how big the Philippines is. Alas, when most people think of the ...
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