Reclaiming independence

Posted by watchmen
June 13, 2024
Posted in Impulses, OPINION

  By Herman M. Lagon This June 12, we celebrate our 126th year of independence. But what precisely are we commemorating? Can we honestly claim to be free when poverty, corruption, injustice, and a host of other problems remain pervasive? Despite its complexity, my answer is a qualified yes. The Philippine Independence Day is nevertheless …

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The gentle exit

Posted by watchmen
June 11, 2024
Posted in Impulses, OPINION

By Herman M. Lagon Amidst the tumultuous passage from this life to the next, the subject of euthanasia arises as a moving discourse, intertwining intricate webs of moral, intellectual and individual stories. Thinking about a peaceful death through euthanasia questions our core beliefs and forces us to face the limits of human rights and dignity …

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A belated salute to St. Ignatius Day

Posted by watchmen
June 8, 2024
Posted in Impulses, OPINION

  By Herman M. Lagon Their vivid colors and elaborate patterns distinguish particular threads. My 21 years of Ignatian formation at Ateneo de Iloilo have woven these threads into my life. Reflecting on this, I see how St. Ignatius of Loyola’s principles have profoundly influenced not only my life but also those of my daughters, …

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The essence of epigrams

Posted by watchmen
June 6, 2024
Posted in Impulses, OPINION

By Herman M. Lagon Epigrams are living testimony to the impact of brevity, humor and insight on language and expression. In only a few carefully selected words, these brief assertions capture intricate thoughts or observations; they are frequently hilarious or contradictory. From the classics to the social webs, epigrams have penetrated the every day to …

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Near-yet-far love story of Agatha and Primos

Posted by watchmen
June 4, 2024
Posted in Impulses, OPINION

  By Herman M. Lagon Primos and Agatha, two spirits entangled in the complex dance of a paradoxical courtship, lived before us in a constant state of “static journey,” inching closer to one another without ever actually touching. Their love story was full of paradoxes, and like a “known mystery,” it was visible to everyone, yet …

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Senate switcheroo

Posted by watchmen
June 1, 2024
Posted in Impulses, OPINION

  By Herman M. Lagon It is a lament expressed with increasing regularity these days. Recently, it appeared again on my social media network — the faces of senators of the past, renowned for their brilliance, juxtaposed with pictures of senators of the present who are regularly ridiculed. This sharp contrast goes beyond a mere …

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False pretenders

Posted by watchmen
May 30, 2024
Posted in Impulses, OPINION

  By Herman M. Lagon There is always that one person in every workplace who seems to possess everything — charming, confident and constantly in the spotlight. However, a closer examination frequently reveals that this person’s apparent talent is a fluke. These impostors have the potential to erode trust and morale, creating a hostile work environment. …

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How are we complicit?

Posted by watchmen
May 28, 2024
Posted in Impulses, OPINION

  By Herman M. Lagon During a recent NAST-DOST hosted Sustainable Development Goals convention at the Grand Xing Imperial Hotel in Iloilo, UP Visayas Chancellor Dr. Clement Camposano challenged attendees, primarily scientists, technologists, educators, researchers, and policymakers, with a probing question: “How are we complicit to the inequalities of the world?” An issue that resonates …

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Cherishing every moment

Posted by watchmen
May 25, 2024
Posted in Impulses, OPINION

  By Herman M. Lagon It is impossible not to reflect on the profound and underlying truths that its unexpected conclusion leaves behind as the curtain falls on “Young Sheldon,” a program that has gently nestled into the hearts of many people with its one-of-a-kind humor and significant lessons about life. As the program ends, …

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Breaking chains

Posted by watchmen
May 23, 2024
Posted in Impulses, OPINION

  By Herman M. Lagon The House of Representatives’ recent passage of the Absolute Divorce Bill (House Bill 9349) on second reading has reignited the national divorce discussion. This critical milestone, reached by voice voting in a plenary session, moves the nation closer to giving couples stuck in unworkable marriages a legal option. My two-part series …

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