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Lugar lang | Teaching the hope of the nation

I’M WRITING this piece in the afterglow of the 23rd Foundation Anniversary Recognition Program of the University of the Philippines Mindanao, which I attended because I received a service award.

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Lugar lang | Watch out, this V shoots back

I PURPOSELY didn’t post anything about Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque’s statement about feminists being “OA” or overacting to Duterte’s anti-woman jokes because I didn’t want to dignify it.

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Lugar lang | Deserving a UP education

ONE thing is certain in these cursed times—this administration gives columnists something to write about every week. In fact, it is such an embarrassment of riches, I often have a hard time picking which one to dignify

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LUGAR LANG | Yes, no, seenzoned

A YOUNG writer, who once accused me online of being a ‘settler-jacker’ in Mindanao, also lambasted my past creative work for not being political enough. I really should have filed a case against him for character defamation, but I realized

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LUGAR LANG | Writers speaking up for freedom

ONE of the more evocative expressions my mother used to threaten me with was “maghahalo ang balat sa tinalupan.” She always said it with a glare to illustrate how bad the outcome would be

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LUGAR LANG | Are you there, God?

WATCHING the news coverage of the annual “Traslacion,” or the procession of the Black Nazarene from Quirino Grandstand to the basilica in Quiapo is always a source of wonder and confusion for me.

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LUGAR LANG| What’s wrong with Titibo-tibo?

BECAUSE I don’t watch the channel ABS-CBN and don’t listen to the radio except in public transport, I never heard of Moira dela Torre nor her chart-topping “Titibo-tibo” song.

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LUGAR LANG| Faking hope in the new year

I DO admire optimistic people. The Social Weather Stations recently reported that 96% of 1,200 Filipinos surveyed nationwide are entering 2018 “with hope rather than with fear.” They added that results were similar across socioeconomic classes.

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LUGAR LANG| A Christmas of disruptions

AM writing this piece on Christmas day, trying to prove to myself that my writing can take place in my daily routine. That it is not something that happens only when I am able to carve out a special (rare)

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LUGAR LANG| One more Mindanawon voice of dissent

WHEN my dear friend Sandy Aloba posted her nosebleed version of Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson’s PR photo of her speedreading the Philippine Constitution and various law books, I thought it was genius.

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