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WHAT WE NEED WITH DUTERTE IS A NATIONAL CONVERSATION

Something is looming on the horizon: our version of “Culture Wars”.  In the West, this is a conflict between “traditional” and “progressive” values.  In the Philippines, it is showing up as tension between the invested elites along with the aspirational middle class...
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WILL THE PHILIPPINES BE GREAT UNDER PRESIDENT DUTERTE?

What is the measure of a country’s true greatness?  Real greatness cannot be measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP), but by the pride and joy we have as one nation, with no one left behind. Michael Green of Social Progress Index  says GDP, “tallies the value of all...
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The Future Belongs To Communities

I belong to a small community called AMORE, which means “with love and devotion” or “beloved”. The group is expressly devoted to “helping build a more compassionate world”. It was birthed intentionally after several experiments of building a fraternal group founded on religious ideals and beliefs.

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INSPIRING LIVES how imperfect parents still matter to their children

  Anybody can be an inspiration, but not everybody becomes one. The difference lies in the way one lives despite the circumstances of one’s life. My parents inspired me. My mother was a high school teacher who taught literature. She made Shakespeare come alive;...
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THE PHILIPPINE CENTURY a prophecy

photo courtesy of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book:Philippines This is the Pilipino century – when the Pilipino embraces its identity, intentionally exerts its influence upon the planet, and enables the transformation of humanity towards its true self. The Pilipino...
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YOUR GOD IS TOO SMALL

Whenever we think we already know God we make the fatal mistake of putting God in a box. We have limited IT. To really appreciate the “what-ness” or the “why-ness” or the “who-ness” of God or the “how-ness” of God in everyday life, first we just need to let IT be....
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What is a Human Being

Scientifically humans are conscious beings capable of communicating with one another using meaningful symbols. Mythologically ( by this I mean using symbolic language) a human is a being made in the image of God – which is a way of saying that a person is more than...
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The Meaning of One’s Life

I spent the whole night talking with an old friend. He had been a minister, got married, struggled with homosexuality all throughout, decided to pursue the gay life, found a boyfriend, ended that relationship, got into a complicated relationship and has now decided to...
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The Human Condition

We are all changing. We are no longer where we used to be. We are no longer who we used to be. As that line from Wizard of Oz went, “This is not Kansas anymore”. Most of the time, most people just flow with the tide. Until they get bumped onto the sidelines or some...
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Why Duterte is not Hitler

I have always admired Amando Doronila of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. His articles are elegant, pithy and rapier sharp. But like any pundit, he can overstate a case. And while his opinion may not be that widely meaningful except to other members of the chattering...
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