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Noynoy's SONA is all Addition. Where's the Strategy of the Collective?

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MANILA: Kate's baby, it's a boy! Noynoy's SONA, boy, it's a list! Nobody outside the family has seen William & Kate's baby boy, the latest British royal prince, but I have seen the latest Philippine SONA in its full splendor in the text, naked. You can read it all here (ph.news.yahoo.com). It's a hit list, once. It's a hit list because it was applauded at least 50 times, but who's counting? It's a hit list, twice. If you ask Noynoy, yes. He thinks he hit the target at least 101 times. I mean, in the last year, he had at least 101 targets and he hit them all at least once. And I'm not referring to target shooting. It's a hit laundry list, thrice. It's "an item-by-item enumeration" (American Heritage Dictionary). "A lengthy, especially random list of items" (Random House Kemerman Webster's College Dictionary). Not bad for a laundry list of presidential achievements; nevertheless, it's a laundry list. It can …

Microsoft in the image of Steve Ballmer. The emperor has no hair!

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MANILA: As things stand with Microsoft and the critics, Steve Ballmer would be pulling his hair if he had any on top. I'm not a critic, but it doesn't mean I have to keep my mouth shut. To be sure, I'm a Microsoft Windows & Office user, since at least 25 years ago, when I was 47 years old. And I'm up-to-date with the versions, even now that I'm 72 going on 73. I'm an inveterate worker and player with words and ideas, with blogs (right now one of my many blogs has 1500+ essays of at least 1,000 words each, The Creattitudes Encyclopedia, blogspot.com) and books (right now I have 6 published abroad), and I don't write - I type, with the PC keyboard, so you can see how important Windows and Office are to me, writer, editor and desktop publisher (the person, not the program). Even now as I write this. I was using Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010, with a legitimate code, I must emphasize, that I installed the day I bought, on Immaculate Conception Day …

Trillanes relocates PH capital. Here are my complete ABCs of moving

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MANILA: Re-elected Senator Antonio Trillanes wants a 2-year government-funded study of whether or not to relocate the Philippine capital from Manila. He doesn't know it yet, but I can give him a quick study right now, free. Trillanes has filed Senate Bill 655 to create a National Commission "to determine if there is a need to retain Manila as Philippine capital" (Rio Rose Ribaya, 12 July 2013, ph.news.yahoo.com). Trillanes says (with little editing): Metro Manila is a capital that can hardly stand proud in the ranks of national capitals throughout the world. To administer better government transactions, as well as spur development in other areas of the country, it is high time to study comprehensively the potential of relocating and transferring the national capital and permanent seat of the national government of the country from the City of Manila and the National Capital Region.Trillanes notes that the City of Manila lacks "proper urban planning" and this …

Creative science communication vs critical investigative science journalism

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MANILA: 4th of July 2013. As I note that SciDev.Net has reinvented itself, I see that the science journalists don't see eye to eye with science communicators, despite the editorial (see image). A lover's quarrel. And I have a different problem: I can't tell right now whether I'm a science journalist or a science communicator! I registered for weekly emails from SciDev.Net on 27 November 2007 at the instance when ICRISAT Director General William Dar requested SciDev.Net to forward the details of the ICRISAT-based article "Crop research 'must switch to climate adaptation'" to several people, including me, because I write on ICRISAT science. Since 2007, SciDev.Net has switched and tried to adapt to different climates in its work as media in the universe of science for development. Differently, I started consulting with International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics in February 2007, and I have never changed my science writer's vi…

"Thanks to you Pinoys!" - David Harwell, PhD

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A sentimental open letter from an American teacher to the Filipino people. David H Harwell is a former Professor and Assistant Dean in the United States who now travels and works abroad designing language training programs. He is a published author and a son of a retired news editor.David H Harwell, PhDI am writing to thank Filipinos for the way you have treated me here, and to pass on a lesson I learned from observing the differences between your culture and mine over the years. I am an expatriate worker. I refer to myself as an OAW, an overseas American worker, as a bad joke. The work I do involves a lot of traveling and changing locations, and I do it alone, without family. I have been in 21 countries now, not including my own. It was fun at first. Now, many years later, I am getting tired. The Philippines remains my favorite country of all, though, and I’d like to tell you why before I have to go away again. I have lived for short periods here, traveled here, and have family and f…

Columnist Tiglao vs Dean Gutierrez: Incompetence vs Impertinence?

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MANILA: Mr Tiglao has been raising hell about it. This is all about the renaming by the UP Board of Regents on 12 April 2013 of UP Diliman's "College of Business Administration" into "Cesar EA Virata School of Business" (see "UP-CBA Renamed to Cesar EA Virata School of Business," cba.upd.edu.ph). This is all about accuracy. So, careful now; to say that college is the University of the Philippines' is wrong; to be accurate, it is UP Diliman's, as UP Diliman is not the UP System but only an autonomous part of it. One speaks of a Diliman Republic; that's just UP Diliman. The University of the Philippines is composed of many universities, including UP Manila, UP Mindanao, and UP Los Baños, of which I am an alumnus. "UP-CBA" is wrong, of course. A similar error of attribution, "University of the Philippines' College of Business Administration" is found in Mr Tiglao's column who hates errors of fact. And me? I will p…

Virata Collaboration: Laguatan sees Vice where Hilario sees Virtue

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MANILA: Ted Laguatan asked for it. I didn't learn about it until today, by email. He asked those who agreed with him to eblast his column "Adding insult to injury: UP College named after Marcos’ Prime Minister" that appears in the 30 June 2013 online issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (globalnation.inquirer.net). He didn't ask for the opinion of those who disagreed with him, so I'm giving him. An Ilocano, I have always been an original aboriginal. Ted Laguatan, another Ilocano, is a lawyer who states categorically that he is "honored by the California State Bar as one of the best Immigration Law lawyers in the United States" (you find that at the end of his column). I will honor him by disagreeing with him without being disagreeable. I mean, I will avoid logical liabilities (my coinage); I will not quote and you will not see any logical fallacies here as much as I can see them. Ted Laguatan's diatribe, to put it nicely, is all of 3,216 words …

Virgilio Almario, isn't that Dictatorship of the Proliterati?

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MANILA: Virgilio Almario, the Chair of the Commission on the Filipino Language (appointed by President Noynoy Aquino 30 April 2013) and a National Artist for Literature (selected 25 June 2003), perhaps doesn't know it yet, but certainly he will once he reads this: There are clowns working for the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino today, and there's no affair being celebrated except being silly or ridiculous. Why, because the staff can't follow their own rules! And they pretend that the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) is legitimate when it is just a shadow name of the Commission on the Filipino Language (CFL). Now, let's find out who these clowns are. Smile when you read these, from the Komisyon's own website itself (kwf.gov.ph): (1) Who is the clown who conceived of "Resound the Filipino Reason" as an essay-writing contest in Filipino (Tagalog) but the rules are written in English?! The rules require that you write in that language, not English. Resound mea…