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Remembering 911. Ferdinand Marcos, Emil Javier & US Twin Towers

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MANILA: This one is all about 911 and giving credit to whom credit is due. Including ourselves. "My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people," Indira Gandhi said, "those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition there." Me, I'll do the work and take the credit, thank you very much! For the American World Trade Center's Twin Towers tragedy on 11 September 2001, we credit that to Al Qaeda. It was a double insult to the intelligence of the United States: 911 is the number you call for help in an emergency; today, it is the number to make you recall an emergency that had no equal in horror in the history of the United States. The Twin Towers died that year. American pride too. For shaping the future of the University of the Philippines Los Baños starting in 1972, we give credit to Emil Q Javier, its first Chancellor. Javier was born on 11 September 1940. "T…

Diana Nyad, 5th time's a charm. At 64, the lady is a champ!

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MANILA, 03 September 2013: After not giving up on her dream of 35 long years, Diana Nyad is a charm; after successfully completing a marathon swim from Cuba to Florida in 3 days non-stop, 31 August to 02 September 2013, Diana Nyad is a champ. She is also a ridiculous champ - she's 64 years old! I'll call her a charmp. What did Mark Twain say again about age? "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." How did Diana do it? "Perseverance works" is the judgment of Ed Pilkington (02 September 2013, theguardian.com). That's oversimplifying the whole thing. It was more than a swimmer's journey of 110 miles in 54 hours. It was a journey of a thousand miles, and it began with the first step - 35 years ago. It began with a dream; she now calls it the Xtreme Dream. 1978, 1st attempt. When Diana was 28 years old, she jumped off into the waters of Havana in Cuba and swam towards Key West in Florida. She didn't ma…