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Ateneo, UP, La Salle: We Need More English

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MANILA: Ed Quisumbing, Filipino, has been eating English for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the last few decades, working as a staff of the World Bank in the United States. He graduated from the University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños when it was still the cow college, UP College of Agriculture. He is retired, as far as I know. And now he is busy on Facebook, among other preoccupations. He was eating vegetables the last time I saw him, about 40 years ago, when I edited something for him. Today, Sunday, 28 February 2016, I read his post midnight last night, saying, "Ateneo, UP, La Salle" and linking the reader to Inquirer.net on "3 PH universities among world's best English-teaching schools" by Tarra Quismundo (globalnation.inquirer.net). There, I learned that Ateneo ranked #24, UP #32, and La Salle #44. I told myself, "UP is 2nd, not bad." (Image from Learn English Forum, learn-english-forum.org).

Ed Q is a UP Los Baños alumnus, just as I am. U…

Vision, Not Division: One State, One Spirit, One Struggle

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MANILA: Last year, on 11 October 2015, I wrote, "Why Leni Is My VP," saying (A Magazine Called Love, blogspot.com): "Leni believes in marriage between a man and a woman under the Roman Catholic Church – and there are no equal rights there! (No, there are not even equal hugs.)" But I changed my mind a few days ago, 4 months later, and now I'm going to tell you why Leni is no longer my VP. That was when Leni Robredo said she favored same-sex marriage after Manny Pacquiao had compared the same-sex people "making love" as beastier than beast – "masahol pa sa hayop" is what he said. Note: Pacman was condemning the sin, not the sinner. 

I agreed with Manny; I disagreed with Leni. I had misread Leni Robredo, or did she change her mind just to get votes from the LGBTs? For going public against the tide favoring special rights for LGBTs, Manny Pacquiao became my #1 Senator. (For more on Pacman by me, see "The Incredible Manny Pacquiao," 1…

The Son Also Rises!

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MANILA: The Philippines this week is celebrating the restoration of democracy some 30 years after Martial Law, but many "who suffered through the Marcos dictatorship tremble with anger at slow justice and the stunning political ascent of the late strongman's heir," says Joel Guinto (23 February 2016, interaksyon.com).

On one hand, members of SELDA, the association of former detainees during Ferdinand Marcos' Martial Law years, have vowed "to stop the return to Malacañang of Ferdinand Marcos Jr, whose father turned the country into a dictatorship until his ouster in 1986," says Guinto.

On the other hand, veteran "Investigative journalist and award-winning political blogger Raissa Robles has a new book that tackles the atrocities committed by the Marcos regime," says ANN (author not named, 23 February 2016, abs-cbn.com).

The SELDA campaign and Raissa's work both want the same result, as the title of Raissa's book puts it bluntly: Marcos Ma…

Debates Debatable

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MANILA: Did you watch the PiliPinas Debate? I did not. Did you pay attention?

Ellen Tordesillas said, "Grace Poe took the first presidential debate" (ellentordesillas.com).
Rappler said, " PiliPinas 2016 Debate: Round 1 goes to Mar Roxas" (rappler.com).
Rappler said, " Rappler polls: Duterte consistent winner, Binay consistent loser" (rappler.com).

We have 3 winners of the PiliPinas Debate!

That of course is crazy, as I thought the debate would be. But that is not the thinking of the Movement for Good Governance, in whose Scorecard Roxas rated #1 (13 pt) in being Effective, Ethical and Empowering – Grace Poe was #2 (10 pt) (facebook.com). I think that's not crazy; that's insane – Q&A can only measure Intelligence, and if you claim otherwise, you just don't have it.

The name PiliPinas is clever. Pili means choose or choice, Pinas means the Philippines (so does Pilipinas). You can say PiliPinas means The Philippines' Choice.

My choic…

The Invincible Manny Pacquiao

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MANILA: The image above is from The Guardian (online) of 18 February 2016 and has this caption: "Manny Pacquiao attacked gay marriage earlier this week" (Bryan Armen Graham, theguardian.com). And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the only sensible statement I have read so far in online media this week. Nota Bene: Pacman attacked gay marriage – not Pacman attacked the gays. Why can't people, including long-time journalist Ellen Tordesillas, differentiate? I salute the caption-maker of The Guardian!

Only the caption-maker. Because the rest of the opinion piece by Graham is just like that of the rest of you, this one saying underneath the title of his piece, "The Filipino champion's remarks show he is a man so ignorant he doesn't understand the impact of his own words." And I posted as comment on the Guardian's page: "You are the ignorant one, Bryan Armen Graham. I am writing a long piece on this one." And here it is.

First of all, Bryan Armen…

The Incredible Manny Pacquiao

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MANILA: I can see that Rappler.com is overly delighted in bringing out the news about Manny Pacquiao saying that those in same-sex unions are "worse than animals" – Rappler used the pronoun for a male when referring to a female LGBT: "Aiza Seguerra did not hide his dismay." When did a female deserve a male as reference? No newspaper has the right to change the sex of anyone.

Rappler has 2 reports on the same topic on the same date, 16 February 2016, both without a byline:

Pacquiao: Couples in same-sex unions "worse than animals" (rappler.com)
Stars react to Manny Pacquiao's comments on same-sex unions (rappler.com)

Above, look at Manny Pacquiao smile, and look at them touting their same-sex union: Do I see animal glee? (The image is by Andrew Gombert of EPA, shown in the Rappler report I cited first.)

Rappler says, "Several senatorial bets of the Poe-Escudero slate took a swipe at Pacquiao for his negative comments." Now then, I Frank A Hil…

"Happy Valentine's Day" to the ones I hate!

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MANILA: Following my own advice this morning (see "Anyway Love," 14 February 2016, A Magazine Called Love, blogspot.com), I say "Happy Valentine's Day!" to the ones I hate:

MAYOR RODRIGO DUTERTE and all those who believe in him.

Mayor Duterte makes outrageous remarks and preposterous claims so that he keeps being the talk of the town. I hate it that he loves it. I hate it that he relishes it. I hate it that he thrives on it. He says he is going to wipe the slate clean, I mean the State clean, of criminals. I know. He is the Avenger. He is Superman. He is the Terminator. He is the One-Man Justice League. Else, he is the Joker. Without Reader's Digest jokes when I was in high school, my intellectual life would have been empty. Without jokers, this life is empty.

Another way of looking at it is this: Mayor Duterte looks at himself as the Messiah, even if he doesn't know a Messiah when he meets one. All those who believe in him look at him as the Messiah. …

Anyway Love

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MANILA: From a bleeding heart, here is my contribution to The World's Literature Of Love:
Someone, Love Anyway Someone does not present oneself as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, love anyway. Someone conforms to the world and is not transformed by the renewing of one's mind, love anyway. Someone cannot discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect, love anyway. Someone thinks too highly of oneself more than one ought to, love anyway. Someone does not think with sober judgment according to the measure of faith God has assigned to one, love anyway. Someone does not recognize that we are one body with many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another, love anyway. Someone who does not accept that we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, love anyway. Someone has a gift of prophecy in proportion to one's faith but does …