Sangil: Holy week in the Philippines

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 10:02 p.m.

PASYON -- There is a post by my friend Robby Tantingco of the Holy Angel University's Center for Kapampangan in his Facebook account inviting those interested to witness Monday, that is today March 30, 'the revival the socialist version of the pasyon first published in 1935.'

With the permission of Robby, I want to quote word for word what he posted.

Sapnu: Ikandado ang mga motorsiklo – Ugale

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 09:57 p.m.

DAHIL sa mga patuloy na pagnanakaw ng mga motorsklo sa lalawigan ng Pampanga partikular sa Angeles City, ipinawagan ni Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director na palaging ikandado ang kanilang motorsiklo.

Sang-ayon kay Ugale ang paglalagay ng kandado sa mga motorcycle kapag ipinarada ito sa mga parking lot o sa mga kalsada kahit na papaano mahihirapan ang mga lawless elements sa pagtangay nito.

Estremera: Wisdom

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:31 p.m.

OH, SO this is wisdom.

In the days of long ago, I remember elder folks just smiling at us but not saying much, especially when we run bawling our eyes out, or just sobbing incoherently to bring our issue forward.

Gil: Welcome, my brother!

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:30 p.m.

AS IF the family were not over-populated enough, my large clan has a propensity to adopt other individuals into the fold. I am quite uncertain of the unspoken criteria used in choosing these individuals for they all appear to have no common denominator.

One of these individuals who have (fortunately or unfortunately) been adopted into my large family is Ramon, a childhood friend and classmate of my brother, Miguel. And like Miguel, Ramon is a medical doctor.

Custodio: To ask and actually receive

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:29 p.m.

ASKING can mean many things. We ask when he have questions we want to be answered. We ask if we want information. We ask as a means of requesting for something that we need. It can really be any of these three, depending on what we have in mind. We can be very inquisitive. Curious. Needy.

Cuizon: Singaporean traffic, for one

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:20 p.m.

THE success story about modern Singapore includes efficiency, strength of resolve and honesty of a leader in Lee Kuan Yew. Singaporeans are proud of their nation’s success and they know who to look up to with thanks. Yew’s story reverberates throughout modern Asia, up to and beyond his recent death at the age of 91.

Singapore is one of four successful industrialized economies and independent states in Asia, faring as well as Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan. It’s also a clean island country, a story of cleanliness in several aspects.

Tabada: The ways to read

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:19 p.m.

A WEBSITE simplifying science for kids clarified why summer always has this effect on me: Earth spinning on a slightly tilted axis = more hours of daylight = more hours to read.

It would be cool, so to say, to be in the North Pole during the summer because the daylight would be endless there, with no nights at all.

Briones: Lost irony

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:18 p.m.

TODAY I won’t discuss politics. I won’t rant about traffic. I won’t even hurl invectives at the drug problem. Nope. Not today. Okay maybe just a tiny bit.

But first, let me talk about that big cosmic joke called Fire Prevention Month. I say “joke” since apparently more fires take place on this month when it’s supposed to be prevented. I don’t have any data but that’s how it seems. Or perhaps the irony is just not lost on me.

Lim: Air rage

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:01 p.m.

IN this season of flying, it’s best to temper our passions to avoid incidents of air rage.

A classic cause of air rage is the infamous recline. When you fly cattle class, it is inevitable that you will find yourself in a supremely tight situation, literally and figuratively speaking. Decades back, this was never an issue. I’m not sure why but I have to put it down to people having better manners then.

Ledesma: Institutionalizing corruption

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:00 p.m.

THE BS Aquino administration is about to bow out but already the nation can hardly wait for the proper time for it to exit. If only the successor could provide a modicum of integrity, the call for Aquino to step down would have reached a crescendo that could lead to the premature exit of the President even when he is drawing near to his retirement.

Seares: Hounded by Mamasapano, PNoy gripes anew on media ‘negativism’

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 08:57 p.m.

PRESIDENT Noynoy Aquino doesn’t apologize, a posture he has assumed in controversies that assign blame to him as chief executive. No apology over the Mamasapano debacle, the pork barrel scandal or the Luneta hostage-taking fiasco.

He also hasn’t given up criticizing media, whenever he wants to, and harping on “negativism” of the press.

Garcia: Pamigunam: Duminggu ring Palaspas (Contemplation: Palm Sunday)

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 05:46 p.m.

"AT DINTANG la Yerusalem: at i Isya* linub ya king pisamban, at inumpisan na la ring mamisali’t manyali king pisamban, penwag na la ring dulang ding maglibe salapi, at ding luklukan da ring mamisaling pati-pati;” ~ Malku, Dangka 11, Sunis15 (Mark, Chapter 11, Verse 15)

*Isya – Isha or Jesus in Sanskrit

Gueco: Dr. Jose O. Pelayo

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 05:45 p.m.

CELEBRATING the birth centenary of this distinguished Kapampangan, we feel pride in remembering his life and times.

Born on March 23, 1915, he led a life of inspiration, valor and service for Angeles ,our Kapampangan heart land, and our beloved Philippines. As a physician, his healing acumen was exemplary. Patients from all walks of life went to him for healing and comfort. As a vice-mayor of Angeles City, he sought to uplift the poor and downtrodden and to become a channel of economic abundance.

Pacete: Lenten reflection: God and angels

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 02:38 p.m.

GOD is a Supreme Being, infinitely perfect who made all things and keep them in existence. Angels are usually portrayed as attendants of the heavenly court. Their role is to worship God and carry out the divine will on earth. The Bible names only few angels: Gabriel, Michael, Raphael, Uriel, and Jeremiel.

Editorial: Keeping an eye out for everyone

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:36 p.m.

IT’S heartening to know that cloud seeding operations have started. It has been days since the last rain. There was, the other night, but it was just enough to cool the air, and barely satisfied the thirst of the earth. How worse is it in the farmlands?

With heat like this, we can expect a bumper harvest of fruits, but agriculture is more than just fruits, and farmers are in dire need of rain.

Ledesma: Institutionalizing corruption

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:35 p.m.

The BS Aquino administration is about to bow out but already the nation can hardly wait for the proper time for it to exit. If only the successor could provide a modicum of integrity, the call for Aquino to step down would have reached a crescendo that could lead to the premature exit of the President even when he is drawing near to his retirement.

Velez: A real valedictory

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:34 p.m.

OF the multitudes of graduation speeches from tens and thousands of schools this month, Krisel Mallari's speech stands out.

Not because Krisel coaxes words of dreams and inspirations, but rather her Salutatorian address delivered the sweet, ugly truth for her now alma mater Sto. Nino Parochial School about honesty and integrity.

Binay a Lee Kuan Yew?

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:33 p.m.

You’ve got mail

Dear Sun Star, Thanks for Jun Ledesma's article about Singapore and leadership. He points out that even with an economic growth rate of 7.2%, the Philippines still has more than thirty percent of the population living in poverty. He mentions both corruption and lack of discipline as reasons but I think he has left out one important reason that Lee Kuan Yew and Singapore have succeeded in providing Singapore citizens with prosperity while poverty still grows in the Philippines.

Editorial: Cleaning waterways

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:17 p.m.

THE Movement for Livable Cebu (MLC) first surfaced in the Cebuano public’s consciousness when it opposed the construction of two flyovers in Cebu City a few years back. That effort proved to be successful, although credit should not be given solely to the MLC considering that other sectors and Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama also opposed the flyover projects. But the group can be credited for spreading awareness about the need to protect Cebu’s heritage and the environment.

Libre: Miracles happen

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:16 p.m.

THE phone rang in the rectory of Sts. Joachim and Joseph in Otahuhu, Auckland, and the parish priest attended to the call. The woman on the other line sounding desperate asked to talk to a priest. The clergy responded that he was a priest and inquired on what the purpose of her call. She responded, “Father, my son has brain tumour and is in pain, and I would like you to pray for his healing.”  He offered to personally pray over the sick, but the mother said that her son was in Sydney.

Wenceslao: ‘Coddling’ Marwan

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:15 p.m.

THE Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has submitted the result of its own investigation into the bloody encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25 that killed 44 elements of the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP), 18 MILF fighters and five civilians. As expected, the contents of the document had some sectors criticizing the MILF’s version of the clash.

Nalzaro: Taking responsibility but no apology

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:14 p.m.

ADDRESSING the 2015 graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) in Cavite the other day, President Noynoy Aquino finally took responsibility for the debacle that was Oplan Exodus in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25 that left 44 members of the Philippine National Police/Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) dead. But the President was still adamant on his stand not to offer public apology as demanded by some of his allies in Congress and critics for reasons only he knows. But Sen.

Barrita: PNoy’s witness

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:13 p.m.

PRESIDENT Noynoy Aquino, whose explanation on the Jan. 25 Mamasapano debacle always seemed short of what the public wants, has invoked God as his witness.

“With God as my witness, I tell you the truth,” PNoy told the graduating members of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Lakandula Class of 2015 in Silang Cavite Thursday.

Valle: Changing mindset

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:12 p.m.

IT IS always easy to talk about our perceptions and our beliefs when we freely speak about them. When we openly express our aspirations, we are also exposed to different reactions, but that is understandable. People who do not share what we think would tend to react differently, even be critical of the position that we have adopted.

However, it’s the same way with how we react to other people’s beliefs and aspirations. There is that sense, and even of urgency for them to make us see their point and perhaps an expectation that we would be more amenable to their ideas.

Carvajal: True hero

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:11 p.m.

HE had always been acknowledged as the “father of modern Singapore.” As proof of that, the line of those paying their last respects to their hero stretched for two miles. It spoke volumes about how Lee Kuan Yew was admired by his countrymen that it took all of eight humid hours under a hot tropical sun for someone at the end of the line to reach the great statesman’s casket.

How indecent does that make of us who continue to consider giving a hero’s burial to a dictator who was driven out of office by an angry nation, died in exile and was mourned only by family members and cronies?

Cariño: Ten reasons why you shouldn’t come to Baguio during Holy Week

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 08:19 p.m.

IT'S that time of year when a zillion people want to play tourist in Baguio. Here are ten reasons that you should go somewhere else:

10. There’s Tagaytay.

Dacawi: Parody

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 08:15 p.m.

MY COMMAND of the written word gets spotty each time my blood pressure shoots up, as it does with all of those road diggings being done so they can be repaired again. I’m not alone in this predicament of loss, even if the project implementors tell us now and then that we are not engineers and therefore are not competent to decide whether a seemingly smooth and stable road needs “reblocking” or not.

Bautista: Joy's project

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 08:12 p.m.

IT WILL be two years since we decided with Joy to come up with a school of our own. While we would have wanted to come up with a "real school", it wouldn't have been very nice for us to compete with all other schools, especially one that was founded by grandpa. We optioned for one that would cater to all others that a University doesn't have or won't do. Something that will not take away but in fact compliment and ensure a firmer establishment for early childhood learning.

Del Rosario: P.U.S.H. (Pray Until Something Happens)

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 08:10 p.m.

READING through my past several years’ journals, I noticed one recurring theme, tone, and topic of prayer. In fact, it is the same prayer/petition that I still am praying for until now. It has been nearly seventeen years. How long must I continue to pray for my petition? How many more buckets of tears must I shed before God answers my plea? How many more journal pages of heartfelt angst and outpourings must I write?

I am reminded of this story.

Sangil: Sobrang Mahal Tikets sa Pacquiao-Mayweather Fight

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 07:58 p.m.

MARAHIL nagtatanong kayo tuwing bumibiyahe kayo at napadaan sa mga ginagawang karsada at usal niyo sa sarili, 'kailan kaya matatapos ang mga konstruksiyon ng mga ito.' Ilang taon na rin ang road expansion project para sa Macarthur Highway. Inumpisahan ito kung hindi ako nagkakamali panahon pa ni Pangulong Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.