Wanted, real senators!

Posted by watchmen
April 20, 2024
Posted in Impulses, OPINION

  By Herman M. Lagon We stand at a crossroads in the 2025 senatorial elections, influenced by the appeal of celebrities and the pressing need for efficient leadership. The names that have been popular in recent polls are more easily recognized in the entertainment industry than in legislative discussions and policymaking. This tendency highlights a …

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Tongue scraping

Posted by watchmen
April 20, 2024

  By Joseph Lim Brushing or scraping the tongue helps rid bacteria in the mouth. As in many things in life, there is a downside to the beneficial effects of tongue scraping. And it has something to do with bacteria in the oral microbiome. The microbiome is a “community” of microorganisms like bacteria, fungi, benign viruses, …

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A very essential tool

Posted by watchmen
April 18, 2024

  By Dr. Joseph D. Lim It’s simple, effective — and very essential. “Toothbrushing stands as one of most straightforward yet highly effective preventive measure to reduce the burden of oral diseases, affecting nearly 3.5 billion individuals,” declares the World Dental Federation (FDI or Fédération Dentaire Internationale). With more than one million members worldwide, the FDI is …

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Pageantry beyond crowns

Posted by watchmen
April 18, 2024
Posted in Impulses, OPINION

By Herman M. Lagon In a world often dazzled by surface beauty, Jade Lyn Buenavides stands as a living symbol of profound growth and resilience. She weaves together her academic pursuits with the sparkle of pageantry. Her journey transcends the traditional path of a beauty queen, showcasing a compelling blend of intellectual rigor and poised elegance …

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Mary Magdalene, Easter and ‘Noli Me Tangere’

Posted by watchmen
April 17, 2024

  By Dennis Gorecho Easter is closely related to Jose Rizal’s novel “Noli Me Tangere.” The title is lifted from a biblical line on resurrection in the New Testament’s Gospel of St. John (20:17). In English, it is usually translated as “touch me not” as Jesus’ response to Mary Magdalene right after he confronts her just outside his tomb after his resurrection. Mary …

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Using technology for good

Posted by watchmen
April 16, 2024
Posted in Better Days, OPINION

  By Sonny Angara The Philippine National Police reported a rise in cybercrime cases during the first quarter of 2024. According to the police’s Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG), there were 4,469 cases recorded from January to March of 2024. This was an increase of almost 22 percent from the 3,668 cases over the same period in 2023. …

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Father’s tale of virtually letting go

Posted by watchmen
April 16, 2024
Posted in Impulses, OPINION

By Dr. Herman M. Lagon Writing this piece has sent tingling feelings through my bones, including pride, nostalgia and melancholy. My daughter, Psyche Mae, will enter a new, crucial chapter of her life this Friday, April 12, and it will be more than just another day on the calendar. The lively and adventurous girl who clutched …

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World capital of dynasties

Posted by watchmen
April 15, 2024

  By Ade S. Fajardo Will we agree to charter change on the condition that the new Constitution will contain a provision defining and banning political dynasties? Article 2, Section 26 of the 1987 Constitution provides that “the State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined …

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Love unites, hatred divides

Posted by watchmen
April 15, 2024

  By Fr. Roy Cimagala That’s true! Love and all its different manifestations always work for unity among ourselves, irrespective of our unavoidable differences and conflicts. In fact, these latter conditions can occasion a greater and purer brand of love. At the same time, hatred and all its cohorts do nothing other than divide us. They …

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