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Panagbenga is symbol of rise of Baguio, says Tourism chief

By Desiree Caluza BAGUIO CITY—The parade of floral floats in the 17th Panagbenga (Baguio Flower Festival) impressed Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. so much that he wanted to encourage everyone to plant flowers. “Panagbenga is the symbol of the rise of Baguio,” Jimenez said, enabling the summer capital to Read more »

A different EDSA story

Short memories, unfinished businesses BY ED LINGAO THERE IS another version of the EDSA People Power story, but it is one that EDSA veterans aren’t liking. In this new version, former President Ferdinand Marcos is portrayed as the real hero of EDSA for refusing to fire upon the assembled Read more »

Survey: More Pinoys follow their heart, not mind

By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) MANILA, Philippines – More Filipinos would follow their heart over their mind when it comes to love, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey revealed yesterday. The survey showed that 54 percent of adult Filipinos would follow their heart, while 45 percent follow their mind. Read more »

Ferdinand Topacio and Adolf Hitler

BY CHAY F. HOFILEÑA MANILA, Philippines – Ferdinand Topacio, the controversial lawyer of the Arroyos, caused a stir over Twitter and Facebook recently – not over his clients, but over a painting prominently displayed in his office. It isn’t that of the former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo or even the Read more »

Philippines still top Christian country in Asia, 5th in world

Inquirer – The Philippines remains to be the bastion of Christianity in Asia with 86.8 million Filipinos—or 93 percent of a total population of 93.3 million—adhering to the teachings of Jesus Christ, a recent study by the US-based Pew Research Center has found. Using the 2010 populaten figures of Read more »

Hell to the Chief

By Theodore Te – In the movie “Gladiator,” Maximus, before leading the armies of Marcus Aurelius to battle, looks to Quintus, his adjutant and gives a simple order, “at my signal, unleash hell.” On Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, the President gave the signal—when he publicly shamed the Chief Justice raising Read more »