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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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Juvy By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo IT escapes me now when I met Juvy Muncada, then Executive Assistant of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). I vaguely remember interviewing her for the post, which she held for a long time, until she found more exciting things to do. But I remember how she changed from a […]

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Skills and the Meaning of Life By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo COMPETITIVE edge in the 21st century requires that educational institutions have to evolve a framework that would enhance the capacity of students to succeed in their lives and chosen careers during the Information Age. The book 21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times […]

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Spinning wheel “SPINNING Wheel” is the title of a song from 1968 by the band Blood, Sweat & Tears. The song was nominated for three Grammy Awards at the 1970 ceremony, winning in the category Best Instrumental Arrangement. Clayton-Thomas, writer and lead vocalist of the band described the song as his way of saying, “Don’t get too caught up, because […]

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At the touch of a button By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo IN the movie, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, the main character, Benjamin Button, is born as an elderly man, ages in reverse and dies an infant. He lives through this “aging” process, with the hope that during the course of his life, he will meet Daisy at […]

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Breathing spaces By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo HE sat on his chair, blued, like the walls. He remembered his wife. He remembered the women with whom he had fathered his children. He remembered all his women. He knew bits and pieces of them. He remembered the peculiar tastes of intimacies, and tried to capture the memories […]

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Typhoon Hanna By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo TYPHOON Hanna was predicted to bring “moderate to heavy monsoon rain” in Metro Manila. This fact however, did not alter our plans to meet at a salad bar somewhere in Alabang, a place where, according to Connie de Perio, “the salad is to die for”. In the middle of […]

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