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My Ultimate Guerrilla.

Mac Peralta, Brains of the Panay Resistance 1942-1945 The book by Gamaliel L Manikan, 1977, Guerrilla Warfare On Panay Island In The Philippines (Quezon City: Sixth Military District Veterans Foundation Inc, 756 pages, excluding Appendices), is the source of much of the information in this essay, content indicated by page number, such as (p57). GL Manikan did a fine write-up of the struggles and successes of the intrepid warriors of Panay during World War 2. This essay will form a chapter of the book I am writing, Scholars & Soldiers, dedicated to ROTC heroes of the University of the Philippines.Macario ‘Mac’ Peralta Jr is my own Ultimate Guerrilla. Inexperienced, armed with theory and emboldened by target practice, as it were, Mac along with dedicated men and women guerrillas, essentially held off from the depredation of the Japanese Army the people in an island of 11,515 sq km during World War II, 1942-1945. Did Mac learn from Mao? The enemy, Mao Tse Tung had said, at different …

Son of a box!

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Manny finesses PacMan, finishes Golden Boy
No match.That’s what they said before the ‘Dream Match’ between Filipino Manny ‘PacMan’ Pacquiao and Mexican-American Oscar ‘Golden Boy’ De La Hoya on 6 December at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the land of Barack Obama. Golden Boy was much taller and much bigger and much better; PacMan was going to lose in an ignominious, humiliating manner. Stop him!Filipino sportswriter Al Mendoza himselfsaid just before the fight (quoted by Sophia Dedace, 7 December, gmanews.tv) (my translation from the Manila lingua franca):‘Ang pitaka ko, naka’y De La Hoya. Idol natin talaga, pero this time, ang pinipili kong manalo ay si De La Hoya. Hindi ka-liga ni Pacquiao si De La Hoya.’ ‘My wallet is with De La Hoya. Pacquiao is really my idol, but this time, I’m picking on De La Hoya to win. Pacquiao is not in the same league as De La Hoya.’Horrors! De La Hoya was annihilated instead. Then Al Mendoza said Golden Boy did thaton purpose. ‘If Pac…

Christmas Science.

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Thinking Theory & Practice of Xmas

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all! Including those who do not believe in Christmas, including those who do not like me.That is my gift to all of you, bare, no wrapping, no floral decoration, no ribbon, no box, no Scotch tape, no frame. No kidding.I’m trying out a new theory and practice of Christmas. You know what? I think I just invented Christmas Science. Let X be the unknown Christ who gave us Christmas. By ‘Christmas Science,’ I don’t mean outrightknowledge or verified knowledge or systematized knowledge; rather, I mean a field of study seeking to understand the civilized human phenomenon of gift-giving, resulting in human insights. In an uncivilized society, a gift given would be a human sacrifice to the gods.I write Science, not Fiction.Theory & Practice of ChristmasYesterday, Christmas Eve, I had a flash of insight. I asked myself a very different kind of question, the kind of which I never asked myself before:‘If Christmas is…

13 Lovers.

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Like Tony Meer’s, True Love stories never have endings

Tony Meer is 5 feet short, not tall. But he is a big man now, because along the years from 1941, beginning with the advent of World War 2, he learned to fight fire with fire, box with shadows, play ball with notoriety, swim with the tide not of his own making, and finally to sing and live in the Love That Defies All Understanding. The hard way. At least he learned how to fly.
Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you’ll see the way to fly. – Richard BachToday he would love for us to learn from his mistakes, imbibe from his merits, drink from the wellsprings of his best self and quaff from the music in his soul. Who is Tony Meer again? A hero in war and a hero in peace – and a history maker in both. He wasn’t always like this. Read his heavy and hearty coffee-table book! His memoir, A Lawyer’s Fate & Faith (2003, published by An…