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Federalism Cha-cha weakens nationalist provisions–IBON

Research group IBON criticized the weakening of nationalist provisions of the 1987 Philippine Constitution in the proposed federalism charter of pro-administration solons. The group said that the insertion of the phrase “unless otherwise provided by law” in portions restricting foreign participation in essential sectors threatens prospects for the Philippine economy to develop independently. Introduced by 

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Ensure free tuition as a major first step — IBON

A network of teachers for transformative education said that the signing of the free tuition bill into law is a welcome major first step in realizing education as a right and should be ensured by government  as a priority. Improving and expanding the public university system is however as important, said the group, as is 

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TRAVEL: Budget guide: 3 days in Beijing

Planning a trip to Beijing? This writer traveled to see the Great Wall and Forbidden City – on a budget. Here is a detailed guide, itinerary, and a few travel tips if you’re planning on visiting Beijing any time soon. Flights to/from Beijing During an airline seat sale in December 2015, we were able to 

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TRAVEL: Firefly-watching on Buhatan River

By Camille Anne M. Arcilla THE SIGHT of a swarm of fireflies sparkling in a dark night may seem like a scene from a fantasy movie or one of those teleseryes where the leading lady closes her eyes and whispers her wish on a firefly. But the scene was no fantasy — rather, it was 

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Wife accuses Comelec chair of ‘unexplained wealth’

MANILA, Philippines – The wife of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista is accusing him of having nearly P1 billion worth of unexplained wealth, according to a report on Monday, August 7. Bautista denied the accusations, saying it was an “extortion attempt.” Patricia Paz “Tish” Bautista said in an affidavit submitted last August 1 

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COURTESY CALL.  Giesel E. Arce, one of the Philippine delegates who participated at the China Primary Math Olympiad made a courtesy call with Ms. Teresa Magpantay, Principal, Basic Elementary Department (left) and Associate Professor Cristina M. Castro-Cabral, VP for Academic Affairs of Colegio de San Juan de Letran last 1 August 2017.
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Grade Four student from Letran wins China Math Olympiad

Another Letranite has emerged triumphant in mathematics. Giesel E. Arce scored three silver medals and one bronze in the 2017 China Primary Math Olympiad held last July 26 to 31 at Huangzhou, China. The Grade 4 student from Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Intramuros, Manila, did well enough in the individual comprehensive, team 

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Renowned painter Malang passes away

Mauro ‘Malang’ Santos passed away on June 10 at the age of 89. Find out more about the life and times of the artist through the eyes of those who knew him best MANILA–Acclaimed Filipino artist Mauro “Malang” Santos died on Saturday, June 10. He was 89 years old. Malang was the creator of the 

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FEU pays tribute to National Artist Nick Joaquin

100th Birth Anniversary FEU celebrates the works of the late national artist through lectures, exhibits and a book relaunch MANILA–In honor of the late national artist Nick Joaquin’s 100th birth anniversary, Far Eastern University (FEU) recently held a series of activities including lectures, an art exhibit and a relaunch of his book. In a statement, 

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Economy loses jobs despite reported growth

The recently released labor force survey figures indicate an alarming intensification of the domestic jobs crisis with the economy losing jobs despite reported economic growth, said research group IBON. Reported unemployment and underemployment in the country fell, but so did employment and the size of the labor force – all of which indicate growing distortions 

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Bonifacio and Rizal: Of Oil and Water and Men of Conviction

By Alex Moises July 3, 1892: Jose Rizal organized the Liga Filipina in Tondo, Manila. He met a man named Andres Bonifacio who became one of the founding members of the organization. Jose Rizal was born on June 19, 1861 in Calamba, Laguna. His family belonged to the upper middle class of Philippine society, which 

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