Preserving the country’s heritage and history

While it is beneficial to keep pace with the recent changes happening in our country, it is also important that proper recognition be given to structures, places and paintings as they remind us of the country’s rich culture and history.

With this, the National Museum has declared the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian in Quiapo, Manila, as a national cultural treasure (NCT) and recognized other structures, places and paintings as important parts of the country’s heritage and history.

The 124-year-old Minor Basilica of San Sebastian is deemed deserving of the title, as it is the only all-steel temple in Asia.…

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With due apologies to Shakespeare, I think Archbishop Socrates Villegas has turned a molehill into a mountain. Anyway, Mindanawnons and Visayans can and do forgive him. The good archbishop does not know our culture.

We learned the cuss words “Pu---- In-” from the Tagalog settlers in Mindanao and from komiks. For us, this phrase is not a curse. Neither does it denigrate nor describe the morals and occupation of one’s immediate ancestry. Depending on the context, it can be a joke, an expression of exasperation or anger or surprise.

We have our counterpart of the “PI” phrase, but mostly used by…

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Samar governor supports Roxas

Tacloban City - Despite being a stalwart member of the Nationalist People’s Coalition(NPC), Samar Governor Sharee Ann Tan said she is throwing her “all-out support” to the standard-bearer of the ruling Liberal Party, Mar Roxas.

Tan said she is fully supporting Roxas because of the government’s assistance extended to her province when it was devastated by supertyphoon “Yolanda,” when he was still the Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government.

“Sec. Mar helped us a lot when Samar was hit by Yolanda, considering that we are not among his political allies in the region,” said Tan, who belongs to…

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No ‘political color’ for Sec. Roxas during Yolanda’s relief operations (Remembering Yolanda – 1st of a series)

In times of disasters, political color is not a consideration for presidential aspirant Mar Roxas.

This was proven by Mayor Pelagio “Pel” Tecson of Tanauan, one of the hardest-hit towns in Leyte, when supertyphoon “Yolanda” barreled its fury on November 8,2013.

Tecson, who is serving his first term as mayor of Tanauan, is identified with the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). During the onslaught of Yolanda, his political affiliation did not hinder him to seek support from the national government, particularly from Roxas, who was then the Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government.Roxas is the standard-bearer of…

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VP Binay backs out of forum, gives lame excuse

Filipino alumni of US schools recently organized a forum where ‘Presidentiables’ were invited to discuss their respective platforms of government and national pressing issues.

Former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas was around, while Vice President Jojo Binay backed out, giving a lame excuse, said Rep. Edgar Erice — spokesperson of the Liberal Party and chair of the LP committee on electoral and political affairs. Below is Erice’s statement on VP Binay’s absence:

“It’s really hard to believe cowards with no credibility like Vice President Jejomar Binay and his spokespersons in UNA. They keep criticizing Mar Roxas, while the VP himself backed…

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