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A scented reminder By Virginia J. Pasalo THE dawn smells of sampaguita. I smell it even when I imagine it. My childhood is full of sampaguita stories. They remind me of my colorful childhood. I remember Auntie Intay who woke me up early at dawn to pick the flowers along the old highway and put […]

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Building trust By Virginia J. Pasalo TRUST is what we give to another being we have faith in. Therefore, before trust is given, faith has to be there. Faith is the confidence and the assurance in things we do not sense or fully comprehend, like the faith in the existence of heaven and the existence […]

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People of the lake By Virginia J. Pasalo MARAWI’S old name “Dansalan” is derived from “dansal”, a destination point or a meeting place. It also means arrival or coming. That was how places were named in the past, much like Pangasinan (where salt is made) and Dagupan (meeting place). Dansalan was officially created on 24 […]

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The silence of flowers By Virginia J. Pasalo IT is getting to be a habit, this three-hour sleep. I woke up at 2:45 a.m., listening at first to the sound of parrots imitating the sound of humans and the Gregorian chant imitating the voice of angels. Then, I turned off the music and listened to […]

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“Utusan” By Virginia J. Pasalo MY first time in a long time to hear this word, “utusan” (one who takes commands, a slave). Perhaps because it has evolved over time, to “katulong” (househelper) to “kasambahay” (house companion). Google translates kasambahay to “inmate”, which misses the context, but encapsulates the existence of most domestic helpers, because […]

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The honor of killing the truth By Virginia J. Pasalo WE have lost Gina Lopez at the Department of Environment and Natural Resoruces (DENR). Gina Lopez did not convince the Commission on Appointments. Some say Gina Lopez did not answer very well. Whatever her answers were, these did not really matter to the appointing powers, […]

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Choices By Virginia J. Pasalo IT is almost 2:00 a.m. and I am still going through the books to be given away. Books that influenced my life, books given by friends, books I have not read, books I have outgrown. Why should I be giving books I have outgrown, should I just throw them away? […]

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Comfort zone By Virginia J. Pasalo THERE are people we often seek, places we frequent, to find harmony. These people and places are different because they make us contemplate, confront our fears, face our realities and look at our darkest secrets. They make us uncomfortable, as we go through a process of self-doubt and sometimes, […]

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Sense of Direction By Virginia J. Pasalo   I REMEMBER years ago when I was looking for a place in Aguilar, Pangasinan, and missed the place. The tricycle driver told us, “Asingger la Madam!” (Translation: “It is very near, Ma’am!”) so we followed the narrow road he pointed with his lips. We thought “near” was […]

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