Transcript: Undelivered speech of Pope Francis calls for concern for the environment

This is the full transcript of Pope Francis’ prepared and deemed official speech for the “Encounter with the Youth” event at the University of Santo Tomas held last Sunday, January 18. The Pope decided to deliver an impromptu homily in Spanish which was translated in English by Msgr Mark Gerard Miles. Dear young friends, It […]

This is my personal Pope Francis story

by Raffy Magno, as originally posted in his Facebook wall post The whole journey started at 3:00AM. Very eager, I went out of the house and waited for a cab to bring me to our meet-up place. After getting the ID, my friends and I went to the University of Sto. Tomas where thousands of […]

Reactions on the killing of pine trees in SM Baguio

“It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.” Ansel Adams (2nd update) Three years ago, I wrote about the plan of SM Baguio to earth-ball pine trees but this is tantamount to killing them as well. In April 2012, a local court in Baguio City released today a […]

Papal Mania in Manila – A welcome distraction #PopeFrancisPH

Pope Francis has come! The charismatic head of the Roman Catholic Church has finally set foot on the sole Christian nation in Asia that is in dire need of one prominent and popular figure that is not divisive, vengeful, antagonistic, and selective. The Pope will be spending five days in the country to bring his […]

The Interviews: Recent conversations and events that invite further discussion

In the so-so but now highly publicized Sony movie “The Interview,” the hosts of a popular talk show were tasked to assassinate the leader of the oppressive North Korean regime to facilitate a coup d’etat. The hosts had a change of heart after briefly interacting with the North Korean leader as they were convinced that […]

AES Watch questions @Comelec -Smartmatic midnight deal

This is a press release from the AUTOMATED ELECTION SYSTEM WATCH (AES Watch) Why did the Comelec award a new contract with the foreign company Smartmatic on Dec. 23 last year – without any prior or post-announcement and when the whole country was already on vacation for Christmas? Why is Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr., […]

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Transcript: Undelivered speech of Pope Francis calls for concern for the environment

This is the full transcript of Pope Francis’ prepared and deemed official speech for the “Encounter with the Youth” event at the University of Santo Tomas held last Sunday, January 18. The Pope decided to deliver an impromptu homily in Spanish which was translated in English by Msgr Mark Gerard Miles. Dear young friends, It […]

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This is my personal Pope Francis story

by Raffy Magno, as originally posted in his Facebook wall post The whole journey started at 3:00AM. Very eager, I went out of the house and waited for a cab to bring me to our meet-up place. After getting the ID, my friends and I went to the University of Sto. Tomas where thousands of […]

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Reactions on the killing of pine trees in SM Baguio

“It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.” Ansel Adams (2nd update) Three years ago, I wrote about the plan of SM Baguio to earth-ball pine trees but this is tantamount to killing them as well. In April 2012, a local court in Baguio City released today a […]

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Papal Mania in Manila – A welcome distraction #PopeFrancisPH

Pope Francis has come! The charismatic head of the Roman Catholic Church has finally set foot on the sole Christian nation in Asia that is in dire need of one prominent and popular figure that is not divisive, vengeful, antagonistic, and selective. The Pope will be spending five days in the country to bring his […]

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The Interviews: Recent conversations and events that invite further discussion

In the so-so but now highly publicized Sony movie “The Interview,” the hosts of a popular talk show were tasked to assassinate the leader of the oppressive North Korean regime to facilitate a coup d’etat. The hosts had a change of heart after briefly interacting with the North Korean leader as they were convinced that […]

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AES Watch questions @Comelec -Smartmatic midnight deal

This is a press release from the AUTOMATED ELECTION SYSTEM WATCH (AES Watch) Why did the Comelec award a new contract with the foreign company Smartmatic on Dec. 23 last year – without any prior or post-announcement and when the whole country was already on vacation for Christmas? Why is Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr., […]

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The Top 10 posts of Blog Watch in 2014

  Before saying goodbye to 2014, let’s take a look at the top stories in Blog Watch . Popular posts coincided with breaking news where most of our readers look forward to our commentaries on these issues. Traffic in the metropolis is always a nagging issue without a solution in sight. Two laws are now […]

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2014 in review: The forte of ’14

2014, it seems, has a forte: bringing out and amplifying the negatives. If you are superstitious, you would probably link these negatives with how the number 14 is associated with some notably unfavorable events in history, from the brutal massacre of the Marsi tribe on the upper Ruhr river to the famine in China that […]

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The 2015 Budget: Pork, sin and error pining

In this holy and joyous season of Advent, as if to mock our propensity to celebrate all that is good and wonderful, there are those who we’ve tasked to represent us who would continue with the deceit they’ve started early in the year and intend to continue deep into 2015 and beyond. As always, the […]

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How to help those affected by Typhoon #RubyPH (Hagupit) : Volunteer to repack, donate

While we have no control over the wrath of a tropical storm, we certainly can take action to help others.  Filipinos worried that this monster typhoon would be similar to Yolanda’s fury.  There was no time to lose as the private sector, government and corporations started to work together for zero casualty in affected areas . Government […]

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Monitoring #RubyPH: Maps, contact numbers and advisories

Many agencies are preparing for Typhoon Ruby. Here is a curation and direct links below: 1. Updates on and government preparations for #RubyPH from gov.ph Social media accounts  directory- Government-managed facebook and twitter accounts to follow during natural disasters Severe Weather Bulletin for Typhoon “RUBY” (HAGUPIT) from NDRRMC 2. Official list of localities: Flood-prone municipalities […]

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Print: Emergency hotlines of Government agencies

via gov.ph/emergency-hotlines National Disaster and Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) hotlines Trunklines- 911-5061 to 65 Operations Center- 911-1406, 912-2665, 912-5668 Philippine National Police (PNP) Hotline Patrol Hotline: 117 722-0650 Text hotline: 0917-847-5757 Bureau of Fire Protection (NCR) Direct line: (02) 426-0219, (02) 426-3812, (02)426-0246 Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Central hotline Public Assistance […]

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