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Finding the beautiful in the mess By Virginia J. Pasalo   NOT so very long ago, I used to cry over oppressors and bullies in my life. My father dealt with my crying by making me face my tormentors and taught me to engage them in their own fight. It was a liberating feeling to […]

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Educating Rita By Virginia J. Pasalo   IT is easy to pillory Senator Trillanes. Especially if a white BBC anchor pilloried him. Somehow some people attain superiority that way, superiority by identification. This attitude can be justified, the behavior of Senator Trillanes leaves much to be desired, most often accompanied by anger. Anger is normal […]

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Bally shoes By Virginia J. Pasalo IT was a bright sunny morning. For the first time in a very long time, we were together, you were wearing red, I forgot what I was wearing, or if I wore anything. Although guarded, strange that I felt so comfortable with you. I was expecting us to eat […]

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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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