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Over my dead body By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   THIS morning, I decided to walk to Jollibee V. Luna, where I used to sit and had mental conversations with the kaimito tree across it. The kaimito is no longer there, but I imagine it to be, and say hello to the aura that still remains, […]

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“Fake News” By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   THE fact that Mocha Uson resigned does not mean that “fake news” will disappear in Malacañang. She did not invent fake news. Fake news began before her time. The reason we are so concerned is not so much because of her person, but because the entire information system […]

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ITOGON By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   THERE is a creeping landslide far worse than Naga or Itogon. The landslide is happening inside of us, an erosion creeping insidiously, right at the very core of our existence, unnoticed, replacing traces of goodness and Godliness. Proverbs 6:16-19 lists six things that God hates and the seventh which […]

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The Power of the Wind By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   1:56 a.m. rushing in through the open window/dancing with every movable object in the room/the wind waves, a magic wand. On September 15, Ompong broke through Mapagkawanggawa Street, blasting a transformer ten meters away from where I stood feeling the wind. It was as though God […]

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Establishing “facts” By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   IN 1997, during his professorial lecture at the City College of Manila, Ambeth Ocampo, former Chairperson of the National Historical Commission (NHCP) said “Personally, I think this controversy like that of the site of the first mass — Limasawa, Leyte or Masao, Butuan — belongs in the basura […]

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Chewing Gum By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   I have no doubt that Senator Trillanes submitted the documents required to give him amnesty. To believe otherwise is an indictment of the negligence, ineptness and utter corruption of the bureaucracy. It is meant to give the public something to chew. While the public laps up Trillanes, inflation […]

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Crossover By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   “I know of a cure for everything: salt water…in one way or the other. Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea.” –Karen Blixen In the quiet of the night, all the sounds, the howling of dogs, car wheels on slow pace, muffled air-conditioning and sounds too low to be […]

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Move on By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   ALL those lessons in respect, honor, good manners and right conduct from teachers of long ago, and all the philosophies that guided wisdom, what happened to it? We should not be in this abyss. We should be moving on to what truly moves us. Move on. Some die […]

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Canal Grande di Venezia By Virginia J. Pasalo   IN Italy, Canal Grande di Venezia (Grand Canal of Venice) has inspired the creative energies of many, owing to its artistic heritage and history. Juxtaposed against the complexity of the modern times, it remains “the most beautiful road in the world”, the center of popular life […]

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“Pepe” de sarapen, de kutsilyo de “dede”sen By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   SA daloy ng “pagsisilbi” mo sa gobyerno, merong kanya-kanyang haka-haka kung bakit takot ang Pangulong ikaw ay kastiguhin. Malaking bagay ang naitulong mo sa pagkapanalo niya bilang Presidente. Pero hindi iyon ang katuwiran, dahil marami nang sinibak ang Pangulo na nakatulong din sa […]

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