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The still unsettled war in the south By Gerry Garcia A CLASSIC-happy music-lover for more than 8 decades of my life, I can’t help getting a big kick out of learning from Star’s music critic Rosalinda Orosa that even foreign conductors love wielding the baton for local symphonic ensembles, like the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. On […]

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Secessionist MILF’s ancestral idol By Gerry Garcia THE month-long feast of Ramadan ended last Wednesday often referred to as the Eid’l Fitr an annual 30-day holy ritual of prayer and spiritual purification achieved jointly with fasting and meditation. In our Christian world, what corresponds to the Ramadan is the Lenten season, a period of 40 […]

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International ‘art center’ in Zambales town? By Gerry Garcia SAN ANTONIO is a small town in Zambalez, with population of some 24,412 and an annual income of P9.7 M which has a special spot for tourist attraction: a concert hall in the middle of a mango plantation. Its originators and owners, Zambalengo balikbayan from the […]

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Stewing over GSIS Manager Winston’s ‘mismanagement’ By Gerry Garcia WHAT has long peeved the millions of subordinate members of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) is the extended office term of Winston Garcia, highly paid millionaire head of the system who has been at the helm since he was under critical probe a few years […]

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MILF under Kato-Bravo — terrorist group By Gerry Garcia THE government has released P2 billion and additional millions more for selected congressmen and senators, allegedly for their farm-to-market roads projects. These farm-to-market roads money, intended for countryside development, derisively touted by administration critics as “farm-to-pocket” projects, have reportedly been released to the Department of Agriculture, […]

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Anda mayor under probe for dishonesty? By Gerry Garcia NESTOR Pulido, mayor of Anda in West Pangasinan, was a former fellow media-man in Dagupan City, was in fact the president once of the Pangasinan Press and and Radio Club (PPRC) leading which he did remarkably well. This was years before he migrated to Manila to […]

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Looking in from the outside By Gerry Garcia GEORGE C. Marshall, US general and statesman, was a name familiar to us teachers during the later Liberation days. As familiar as Camel cigarettes. Or GI Joe. Marshall, we remember, was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1953 for Peace, an honor bestowed on him for being the […]

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Manuel L. Quezon (1807-1944) By Gerry Garcia AUGUST 19 was red-letter day for Quezon province (formerly Tayabas) and Quezon City in Metro Manila as it marked the 64th Anniversary of Manuel Luis Quezon who died in Saranac, New York USA on August 19, 1944 immediately before the war ended and just two years before the […]

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The controversial MOA By Gerry Garcia A way out for the militant MILF rebels opting for separation from the republic for which they have sworn to die for is again seen with administration’s renewed attempt to revive Cha-cha and push for a federal form of government. Federalism, which would allow local governments to have more […]

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Jess’ hammer-bill hitting nail on its head By Gerry Garcia SOME thirteen years ago in 1995 our hopes and dreams to put our province in the map of international tourism started to soar when then Gov. Oscar Orbos, assessing what he had achieved in his first 100 days in government, also made the assurance that […]

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