If everybody can sing, dance, and act, then what makes it a ‘talent?’

Posted by watchmen
October 18, 2017
Posted in OPINION

“talent (noun, tal·ent, \ta-lənt\): 1. a special often athletic, creative, or artistic aptitude” –Merriam-Webster Dictionary Even living in the United States, have always been a fan of Filipino entertainment. Used to rent Filipino moves from Netflix (when they used to send DVDs in the mail); watched clips of television shows on YouTube; even sent money …

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MassKara???

Posted by watchmen
October 17, 2017
Posted in OPINION

The MassKara Festival was conceptualized in 1980, with one of the highlights being the “Higante Parade,” where the top ten winners each earned P100. The Bacolod Public Plaza was also lined with kiosks from Coca-Cola and San Miguel Beer for nearly four decades. In the festival’s second decade, private institutions became part of the process, …

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An encounter

Posted by watchmen
October 17, 2017
Posted in OPINION

When I was about five years old, my father who was a mountaineer brought me and my mother to Patag. I cannot remember everything but from what I could recall, there was a family there who lived in a hut. In front of their hut was a huge lump of soil that, to a kid’s …

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End of the World

Posted by watchmen
October 16, 2017
Posted in OPINION

Several articles on the internet have claimed the world will have come to an end yesterday, October 15, 2017. This is nothing new; people have believed the world was coming to an end for so long, as seen in movies and based on the accounts of “prophets,” which I assume are false.   Early Christians believed …

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Politicians and their perceived ignorance of the average voter

Posted by watchmen
October 16, 2017
Posted in OPINION

It has been said repeatedly in this column, the way in which electric power – an essential in daily life – is so poorly delivered, with substandard infrastructure in place and, despite inferior service, the local electricity cooperative, the Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Ceneco) continues to believe they are, according to their website, “committed …

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911 call makes Fil-Am poll looks like carnival of thugs

Posted by watchmen
October 16, 2017
Posted in OPINION

“In war, truth is the first casualty.” –Aeschylus Was the 911 call necessary? When feuding officials of the Philippine Independence Day Parade, Inc. (PIDCI) could not agree on who should be hustled off and who should remain in the polling place, there was no need to call the cops and interrupt the proceedings. Those involved …

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Pinoy players unfazed by entry of US chess instructor

Posted by watchmen
October 16, 2017
Posted in OPINION

“Among a great many other things that chess teaches you is to control the initial excitement you feel when you see something that looks good. It trains you to think before grabbing and to think just as objectively when you’re in trouble.” –Stanley Kubrick  Elmhurst Chess Club mainstay Gilbert Buenaflor Gonzales has warned that the …

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Puigdemont backs dialogue, capitulation or strategy?

Posted by watchmen
October 13, 2017
Posted in OPINION

“Proposem que se suspenguin els efectes de la declaració d’independència unes setmanes per començar una etapa de diàleg (We propose suspending the effects of the declaration of independence for a few weeks in order to begin a dialogue).” –Catalan President Carles Puigdemont Following the October 1 Catalan referendum that saw nearly 90 percent vote in …

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NY Pinoy ‘leaders’ fight like kids in election

Posted by watchmen
October 13, 2017
Posted in OPINION

“You have to knock doors, make calls, and build a relationship with voters long before Election Day.” –Keith Ellison I have seen these abnormal behaviors of our community leaders in the past not only in New York and California, but also in Canada. Where can you find an election of supposed Filipino community leaders in …

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Game of Trolls

Posted by watchmen
October 11, 2017
Posted in OPINION

A troll is a mythical creature from Scandinavian folklore. They are said to be ugly, dirty, angry, and live in dark places, like caves or underneath bridges, waiting to snatch up anything that passes by for a quick meal. Similarly, an internet troll hides behind a computer screen and actively seeks out trouble on the …

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