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Forgetting By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   THE kaimito tree is gone. It gave way to “development”. I was hoping somehow that the new owners of the corner lot along Kalayaan and V. Luna Streets fronting Jollibee will somehow allow it to live, given the fact that for some time they did not cut it, as […]

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Talampunay Blues By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   BEFORE President Duterte delivered his third State of the Nation Address (SONA), I posted on FB, my own characterization of his previous speeches: “Sonambulism: reporting while sleeping, digressing from the official report and talking only about one thing, obsessively.” Sonambulism is not a word in the dictionary. It […]

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Lost in translation By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   TRANSLATIONS are as good as the understanding of a translator of the poem and the context of the author. The nuances, subtlety and significance of words, and the complexity of context make some translations unable to capture the essence of a poem. Good translations require a degree […]

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Roses are red By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   DURING the wake of poet Rogelio Mangahas, Ceres Doyo and I discussed about the sniper who shot Mayor Antonio Halili of Tanauan, Batangas. Who was he working for? Was he a he or a she? So many theories, but it should be easy to find him/her, knowing […]

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Roger, the Ilocano By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   ROGER Mangahas just passed away. It was quick, and as others said, it was merciful. Merciful because he did not suffer much. But how do we know what he suffered at the moment of a massive stroke? I was in Pangasinan when I learned that he was […]

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Last in, first out By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   THERE is an accounting method for inventory and cost of sales known as “Last In, First Out” (LIFO) where “the last items produced or purchased are assumed to be sold first; allows business owner to value inventory at the less expensive cost of the older inventory; typically used […]

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The dancing feather By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   A FEATHER dropped on the spade while I was planting the Philippine chestnut and Chinese gabi. I know Dad has a message, although I really do not know yet what he wants to tell me. I immediately put the feather inside the pocket of my shorts and […]

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Independence Day By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   I HAD lunch with an old friend at Chocolate Kiss on Independence Day. We talked about our relationships and how we, considering our advocacy on women empowerment and environmental coexistence, experienced independence, codependence and interdependence.  “Alam mo, nakakapagod din. Buong buhay ko, nag-aalaga akong tao.” (You know, it […]

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Going bananas By Virginia J. Pasalo   MY day began at 7:00 a.m, passing by Mira, my niece who took the time to teach me how to pay my bills on coins.ph. After the tutorial and transacting payments for basic utilities with the new app, I proceeded to Philcoa to find a quick ride to […]

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Virtual Binds By Virginia J. Pasalo   “REYNALDO Duldulao just joined Messenger!” It sounded like a call from the grave. He was an FB friend in April 2012. I never met him, but we had things in common. My first conversation with him: “Hi, Reynaldo! I am impressed, the collection of photos is incredible. Would […]

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