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Deeper roots By Marifi Jara I AM taking a bow from this space, but that does not mean I’m uprooting (couldn’t resist the pun) from The Sunday Punch. Column-writing is a big commitment. When Boss E. (that would be our Publisher-Editor Ermin F. Garcia, Jr.) asked me to start a column some five years ago, […]

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Manang Inday By Marifi Jara FOR a country that has for decades been exporting labor as domestic helpers overseas and a government that banners them, among other Filipino workers abroad, as heroes for contributing significantly to the economy, it is ironic that a law for domestic helpers within the Philippines has just now taken solid […]

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Homegrown By Marifi Jara  “…not in bloody concrete, nothing can grow in concrete.”  – The Constant Gardener (film) MY fondest memory of my late paternal grandfather, Lolo Cadiong, a GI (genuine Ilocano) school teacher, is his Sunday visits to our home with his bayong full of vegetables harvested from his own garden. I also remember […]

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Say bari-bari to the spirits By Marifi Jara MOTHER told us when we were kids that every May 1, at least one person dies from drowning in San Fabian because the spirits of the sea always have to take a human sacrifice during the Pista’y Dayat, the Festival of the Sea. We believed mother, of […]

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A blank page By Marifi Jara IT has been a pleasure working on the submissions of The Sunday Punch’s on-the-job trainees from Colegio de Dagupan and the University of the Philippines Baguio in the past couple of months. Since I telecommute, I haven’t had the pleasure of actually meeting them on presswork days at the […]

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Sweet dreams are made of these  By Marifi Jara  IN creative writing class back in college, my teacher, the late Doreen Fernandez, would choose one of the best essays submitted the previous week and read it out loud for a group critique. The writer’s identity would not be revealed until the end of the discussion […]

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PHL, my friend? (continuation of PHL is no chicken)  By Marifi Jara  THE concept of direct selling is not new in the Philippines. I remember tagging along as a little girl more than three decades ago to a “party” where there were a lot more mothers than children and more plastic containers than food. I […]

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Phl is no chicken By Marifi Jara  “CHICKEN!” That is Filipino slang for ‘easy’, typically spoken with a tone of confidence or arrogance or both. It sends the message that something is achievable without needing much effort. “Chicken yan, pare!”  would be a sample response if for instance someone asks you to do something that […]

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Celebrations By Marifi Jara THE NETHERLANDS–There has been a sweet festive air here following the Easter weekend. And after that, just as Pangasinan was celebrating the Pista’y Dayat and the Bangus Festival in Dagupan, there was the annual Queen’s Day (April 30) when most parts of this small country gets into the orange groove (the […]

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Open skies, but what about the airports? By Marifi Jara IN the middle of March this year, PNoy signed Executive Orders 28 and 29. Number 28 reorganizes the Philippine Air Negotiating and Philippine Consultation Panels, which would be handling talks for new Air Service Agreements (ASAs) for the country.

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