Cheering ‘UP Fight!’ amidst the odds

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 11/19/2019

The UAAP  games galvanized an  extraordinary sense of solidarity for the denizens of the University of the Philippines, often described as the microcosm of a highly diverse nation. An academic community  all too easily fractured by politics…

Lapulapu, the Bornean Baloney, and the vacuum of history

Jobers Reynes Bersales 11/18/2019

I almost fell off my rocker when I read Pachico Seares’ column in Sunstar last November 11 about a German named Erich Wannemacher suggesting to Lapu-lapu City Tourism Officer Edward Mendez that Lapulapu was Muslim and therefore…

Nanay Says: Mr. John

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 11/16/2019

We were eagerly waiting for them to arrive inside one of the classrooms of Fudan University in Shanghai, China.  It was not the first time for us, scholars of the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation (GBF) China Scholarship Program,…

Lessons for Carcar’s lechon vendors 

Atty. Ruphil F. Bañoc 11/15/2019

The four lechon vendors of Carcar City who unjustly misled their customers finally got a dose of their own medicine after city Mayor Merciditas Apura shut down their stalls.  The four stalls that were ordered closed immediately…

Marawi: Failure, delay, confusion

11/14/2019

Just how long will the displaced residents of Marawi City have to suffer neglect for a conflict caused by the failed intelligence work of the military and this administration? Two years after government forces routed the IS-affiliated…

Lapu-Lapu, Magellan and blind patriotism

Ambeth R. Ocampo 11/14/2019

“Much Ado About Nothing” is the title of a play by Shakespeare — and also a line that sums up last week’s trending firestorm over the Spanish animated film “Elcano y Magallanes: La primera vuelta al mundo.”…

The importance of local government units in developing countries

Fernando Fajardo 11/13/2019

In his book, Local Governance in Developing Countries, Anwar Shah said that globalization and the information revolution are motivating a large and growing number of countries around the globe to reexamine the roles of various levels of…

Concealment of pre-existing illnesses and disability benefits

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 11/12/2019

A seafarer must fully  disclose past medical condition, disability and history in the pre-employment medical examination (PEME), otherwise his claim for disability benefits will be denied.  The POEA contract  bars the compensability of disability arising from a…

Much ado over a cartoon?

Jobers Reynes Bersales 11/11/2019

As we were about to close meeting last Tuesday afternoon on how to add more tour packages to align with the upcoming Quincentennial commemoration, I suggested the production of a movie about the Magellan expedition up to…

Reshaping PH agriculture through farm tourism

Malou Guanzon Apalisok 11/10/2019

At the recent 6th Philippine Farm Tourism Conference held at the Marco Polo Plaza in Cebu City I was pleasantly surprised to hear that big landlords from different places across the country had joined small farm holders,…

Do you worry about money?

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 11/09/2019

“Do you worry about money, Mom?”  This is the question that my six-year-old son asked me on a Friday morning while I was halfway between sleep and consciousness.  The boy just entered the master’s bedroom after three…

On illegal drugs: Will VP Leni walk the talk?

Atty. Ruphil F. Bañoc 11/08/2019

It is clear from the very start that the Filipino people agree to the style of President Rodrigo Duterte in solving the serious illegal drug problem in the country.   His style was clearly communicated by him…

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