Yearly Archives: 2010

Ang Pasko ay Sumapit – Ang Translation 

by Fermin Salvador.
December 25, 2010
(Orihinal na pagtatanghal nina William Monje and JO1 Ronald Gollayan sa BJMP Christmas Party noong 2001. Skit ni Sr. Insp. Fermin Salvador.) Continue reading

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The Newborn King: AnUninvited Celebrant?

by Dr. Philip S. Chua.
December 25, 2010
Jolly Santa Claus, with his famous white moustache, beard, and long curly hair, red baggy outfit and winter black boots, is a most popular figure at Christmas. Every year, he gets the honor, and men, women, young and old, and children of all ages, have accepted him as a symbol of Christmas itself — holiday cheers, gifts, food, and merriment. Continue reading

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by Fred C. Wilson III
December 25, 2010
Nobody knows exactly when Jesus Christ was born. Some historians say early spring, mid-July, or September. Many theologians agree that December 25th was the chosen date for celebration to nullify the pre-existing pagan winter solstice celebration of Saturnalia. Continue reading


Christmas Tree: The Unheard Story

by Arnold De Villa
December 25, 2010
They told me he was not Spanish. The old man stood by a corner window, staring at a solitary tree perched with snow. His blue eyes looked distant, unmoved by the commotion around him. Back then, as students, it was our Christmas tradition to visit retired missionaries in nursing homes owned by religious nuns. His residence was the last place we visited. Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

by Nelia Dingcong Bernabe
December 25, 2010
Where I grew up, Christmas comes in a rather simplified fashion. There’s all the visual and auditory fuss and excitement but the simplicity comes from a more ethereal place. When the holiday season arrives, usually at the onset of the “ber” month, September, the entire landscape changes dramatically, transcending any religious, political or personal bias. Continue reading

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What Will Decide The 2012 Elections?

by Don Azarias
December 25, 2010
This is always a fact of life in politics not only in the United States but throughout the world: Every time there’s a change of occupants in both, White House and Capitol Hill, those incoming politicians from either major parties always arrive pompously with overblown fanfare that they don’t deserve. Continue reading

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A Lasting Christmas Truce

December 25, 2010
In 1914, ninety-six years ago, during the Great War — or World War I as we call it today — the British and French armies were manning the 27-mile Western Front fiercely defending French territory from the advancing German Army. Across the British and French trenches, as near as 200 feet away, the Germans were dug in. What separated the opposing armies was a place called “No Man’s Land.” Continue reading

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Not yet, Gen. Garcia;it isn’t quite a done deal yet

December 25, 2010
Last week, former Armed Forces of the Philippines comptroller Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia, who was charged with plunder for amassing unexplained wealth of more than P300 million while in office, struck a plea bargaining agreement with government prosecutors. Continue reading

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Joseph Fernandez, 46 Taken too soon

by Yoly Tumangan Tubalinal.
December 25, 2010
You can also say, Joseph “Joe” Fernandez’s career, as was his life, was nipped in the bud. A rising star of the Filipino American community of Rhode Island and in the prime of his life, Joe would have achieved much more politically, had he been given a few more years in public service. Continue reading

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by Rodel Rodis
December 25, 2010
If Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) had been the president who bowed to Chinese pressure and boycotted the Nobel Peace Prize event in Oslo on December 10 to save the lives of 5 Filipinos in China’s death row, few eyelashes would have batted. Continue reading