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Single Blessedness By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo I am not surprised that people have a certain curiosity about single persons. But I am surprised at some of the questions asked about them in the academe. Here is a list of the questions sent by a student as part of their academic requirements (quoted verbatim): 1. Please […]

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The persistence of desire By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo THREE friends give me daily doses of pain. The posts of Marcelo Estrada and William Peters, Sr. remind me that the world has been numbed by the deaths of children in Palestine. The poetry of Nizar Sartawi speaks of the annihilation of the human spirit, as it […]

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Favors and Blessings By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo SOME people think that to ask others favors is a humiliating act. The position to ask favors imply that we are inadequate to fulfill our own needs. Others, like me, however, never hesitated, because the universe is a generous sphere. Matthew 7:7-8 states, “Ask, and it shall be […]

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Quick stops By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo YESTERDAY, I boarded a bus for Urdaneta to attend the last rites for Auntie Charing Salcedo, whose name is really Emerenciana, not Charito, as I always thought. Auntie Charing passed away at 97. As a child, I remember her sitting in front of her sari-sari store (retail store of […]

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Tao po! By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo THIS morning, after I finished my routine exercise and looking at the stars, someone knocked on my door. “Tao po!” “Sino po kayo?” (Who are you?) “Kasambahay po ni Ma’am Loida.” (The housekeeper of Ma’am Loida.) In Philippine culture, “Tao po!” is an announcement that someone is at the […]

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We’re on(line)! By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo IN a conversation on FB Messenger, a crying emoticon popped up on my screen: “Akin, man-akis ka?” (Why are you crying?) “Akisian la may boyfriend ko, Ma’am.” (My boyfriend broke off with me, Ma’am.) Siopa? (Who?) “Amay Friend ko ed Facebook.” (My Friend at Facebook.) Impawil mo la may […]

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Karma and Korma By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo IN Sanskrit, karma, a core concept in Hinduism and Buddhism, and some Eastern religions is roughly translated as “action”, that each action generates further actions and consequences that affects the person in the future, good or bad. Under this concept, a good deed begets good deeds, and a […]

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The harmonica and the songs we sing By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo WE left the National Museum of Fine Art after listening to the keynote speeches of Eka Kurniawan and Resil Mojares. We had three hours till the next event, but my friends, Fe Mangahas and Lualhati Abreu, decided to proceed to University of Santo Tomas […]

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