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Of titles and entitlements

Day in and day out, we address people of rank who answer to various honorific titles such as general, colonel, judge, doctor, attorney, engineer, mayor, congressman, kapitan, and so on. Nothing wrong with that. It’s a given in life. My problem with titles is...

Lets make ‘edible’ cities

Living in the city doesn’t pay. It costs. A large part of this cost is the expensive food that you need to buy. A cynic friend pointed out to me: you can always buy junk food, which is cheaper and is available everywhere. In...

Gift from heaven

IT seems that in Metro Manila nowadays, consumers are increasingly becoming exasperated about the soaring prices of everything, specifically vegetables and pork. I remember the old folks who used to say: Mabuti pa sa probinsiya hindi ka magugutom. Pipitasin mo lang sa bakuran o...

Prematurely aged minds

WE eavesdrop on two male friends, inside a famous coffee shop, having a conversation: -Di ba nag-kwan kayo ni kwan? -A si kwan… -Sinong kwan? Yung kapatid ni kwan? -Ano nga ba pangalan? - Sino nga ba yon. Mamaya maalala ko... If you go closer, you will see they...

Holy four-letter word!

There’s a Netflix series about cursing etymology called The History of Swear Words hosted by Nicolas Cage. It’s bizarre, enlightening and fun. Many of the swear words have become overused over time and the intention of the words have been lost. But when you...

Benny was his name

When I was in elementary, like all good Catholic boys, I put to memory the Guardian Angel’s prayer: “Angel of God, our guardian dear...” From time to time, I would reflexively recite it, especially in moments when I would be in risky situations...

Book titles as koans

Some book lovers are ensnared by the cover design. Me, I’m into titles. Catcher in the Rye, The Garden of Last Days, A Room Called Remember, Landscapes of the Night, God of Small Details, The Lost Slipper of the Soul. These are titles...

Stay relevant: Let your age roam free

Act your age has been the traditional admonition. Today, seniors are told to do the same way in a subtle way. In many companies, they are given special titles but no functional responsibility. While waiting for the age of retirement, they are relegated...
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