We’ll wake you up in October

Posted by watchmen
April 26, 2018
Posted in OPINION

“The thing about tourism is that the reality of a place is quite different from the mythology of it.” –Martin Parr   Good night, Boracay. Sleep well starting April 26, 2018 and allow efforts by the national government to deodorize, purify, and clean you up. You will undergo a massive rehabilitation and a little face-lifting …

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Shutting their eyes to the overloading issue

Posted by watchmen
April 26, 2018
Posted in OPINION

When one sees an overloaded truck (or, at least, one with super-heavy cargo), they begin to hate the agency in charge of the roads – the Land Transportation Office (LTO). Upon his ascension to office, President Rodrigo Duterte focused his anger on the corruption at two government agencies, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and …

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‘AIDS of environment’ is worse than ‘cesspool’

Posted by watchmen
April 25, 2018
Posted in OPINION

“We don’t have to sacrifice a strong economy for a healthy environment.” –Dennis Weaver   When tourists fled from Guimaras’ popular beach resorts as a result of the worst oil spill in the Philippines when the oil tanker Solar I went down off Guimaras Island in August 2006, Nagarao Beach, among other resorts within the …

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An addendum

Posted by watchmen
April 25, 2018
Posted in OPINION

Previously penned a column about the crippling bureaucracy average citizens are forced to deal with on a daily basis. On an earlier occasion, was tasked with acquiring various government forms, with each requirement coming with endless waiting and encounters with paper pushers at every corner. In addition, a separate column was also previously written about …

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Miss you, Boracay

Posted by watchmen
April 25, 2018
Posted in OPINION

Today is the last day people can stay and enjoy Boracay. It seems thousands have flooded the island over the past few weeks, keeping the island fun and full of excitement; which will all end with the six-month closure due to rehabilitation needed as a result of greedy people in government. With the impending closure, …

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Enjoying Panaad

Posted by watchmen
April 24, 2018
Posted in OPINION

The silver anniversary celebration of the Panaad sa Negros Festival was a tremendous success. Thousands visited the different city and municipality booths, featuring locales from San Carlos City in the north to Hinoba-an in the south. Among the most attractive booths were from Sagay City; Talisay City; Silay City; La Castellana; Bago City, which featured …

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Journalist Herbert Vego and the New York Parade

Posted by watchmen
April 24, 2018
Posted in OPINION

“And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.” –Gilbert K. Chesterton   I’m glad to know that a legitimate and truly respected veteran journalist from Iloilo City, Philippines will be coming to New York City to chronicle the 120th Philippine Independence Day Parade …

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Sadness and confidence when my mother died

Posted by watchmen
April 23, 2018
Posted in OPINION

Kakampi Mo Ang Batas Atty. Batas Mauricio “…Yet, to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God…” –John 1:12-13   Sadness and confidence …

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Lessons from the Land of the Rising Sun

Posted by watchmen
April 23, 2018
Posted in OPINION

My 10-day stay in Japan, part of a cultural immersion program called “JENESYS 2017: Social Peacebuilding Exchange,” under the Japan International Cooperation Center, was an eye-opening experience. Alongside eight other delegates, all coming from different regions of the Philippines, it was an honor for me to head the delegation and represent the country. The program …

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The world’s most beautiful?

Posted by watchmen
April 21, 2018
Posted in OPINION

  In 1995, my column was in high praise of Boracay as “The World’s Most Beautiful.” That was exactly what I told fellow tourists during a 21-day group tour consisting of 25 foreigners, mostly Australians, and five Filipinos, including my better-half Rudy and me. The itinerary covered 11 countries — Greece, Rome, and some cities …

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