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Quo vadis, COVID? By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo THE Department of Health (DOH) must give us a projection, in real numbers, as to the rate of spread of COVID-19 so we can adjust our living priorities and strategies. By now, we cannot just base our moves on confirmed cases, but must be guided extrapolating all available […]

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Jeong By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   THERE is a word in Korean that surpasses love. I encountered this word while watching a movie whose title I have forgotten, but whose dialogues and words I can remember very well. I remember one particular word because it is something I tried to find for a long time, […]

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Auntie Intay   By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   PEOPLE, all sorts of people, are attracted to flowers. They visit gardens as often as bees and attract other insects with their own intentions. They stop to look, to pick, and react in various ways that often ties the flowers with what they can remember. The other […]

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The orange bougainvillea   By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo MY mom was never a plant poacher, I am. When I see a neglected plant on the street, and it appears to want to be in my garden, I transplant without hesitation. This is the same habit I have in common with my friends, my sisters and […]

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Seeding By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   IN Matthew 13: 1-23 of the Bible, Jesus relates the Parable of the Sower (a.k.a. Parable of the Soils), to a large crowd. It is about a farmer who sows seed and does so indiscriminately: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some […]

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Drunken master By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo I remember your name. We were young and passionate about many things, but reserved in our feelings for each other. Restraint was the operative word, having already committed to relationships with partners we were comfortable with, and on the whole, desired. You would strum your guitar under a mango […]

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Light up Mayon Volcano? By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo ACCORDING to the proponents, the justification for the Majestic Mayon Lighting Project is “to increase the tourist arrivals in the Bicol Region”, which is “in line with the Duterte Administration’s national goal in providing more jobs and sources of livelihood for all Filipinos specifically for all Bicolanos,” […]

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Taal: silence breaking free By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo TAAL has always attracted me for its naked truth, the duality of its existence, its serenity and turbulence, its darkness and light. To experience Taal is to experience a deeper self, a self that connects to our primal existence, a bigger reality we can comprehend only so […]

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The US-Iran Conflict: What it means to the Philippines By Virginia J. Pasalo ACCORDING to available data, the armed conflict of Iran and the US started sometime in 1988, when “the United States launched Operation Praying Mantis against Iran, claiming that it was retaliation for the Iranian mining of areas of the Persian Gulf as […]

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