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Life after death

Wed, 03/24/2010 - 00:00

By Robert JA Basilio Jr.

Yes, there is life after death. But it doesn’t involve cryogenics or Christianity.

It’s the obituary: The written tribute that is born immediately after someone — usually famous and otherwise — departs for parts unknown.

Putting it together is not easy.

Besides requiring meticulous research, it also involves managing morbid expectations especially since those considered terminal cases have a bad habit of bouncing back to the pink of health.

Runner's guide

Tue, 04/10/2007 - 08:00
How To Win An Election

How to Win an Election: Lessons from the Experts, edited by Chay Florentino-Hofileña, Ateneo School of Government-Center for Social Policy, 2006.

by Alan Robles

Let's say you're a young, honest and earnest professional who's had it with the state of Philippine politics and wants to take action. Specifically, you want to run for office on a clearly-spelled out, issues-oriented, non-traditional, reformist platform. And furthermore, you intend to run a cleanly-financed campaign free of sleaze, patronage and graft.

Bad Filipino cooking

Mon, 04/09/2007 - 00:00

Listen up, everybody. This is an article on Filipino food in a magazine for Filipino readers, so you are expected to refrain from snickering when reading funny-sounding words such as ukoy or sisig. Neither are you supposed to run out of the door, hand cupped over your mouth, when you hear details about balut.

So, OK, you all ready? This is what you should remember about the state of Filipino cooking. It's pretty gruesome.

The global Filipino and the goat

Sun, 03/25/2007 - 00:00

By Robert JA Basilio Jr.

When Jose de Venecia Jr. was a boy, he was almost killed by a goat.

The enraged beast — the head of the herd that he was leading out to pasture — charged at him without any provocation, flinging his body into the air.

De Venecia avoided serious injury — and perhaps even an early death — after being saved by his belt. The billy goat’s horn snagged the leather strip fastened onto his waist, missing the target by just a few inches.

Whatever epiphanies de Venecia derived from this incident are not indicated in Global Filipino, his authorized biography, written by Brett Decker, a speechwriter and a newspaper editor.

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