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Social media, both ‘exciting’ and ‘disturbing’ ?>

Social media, both ‘exciting’ and ‘disturbing’

This blog is contributed by PUP (Polytechnic University of the Philippines) third year Journalism student Flint Osric Gorospe. Flint joined the Richard Dy Communication’s Campus Journalism and Photojournalism seminar last December 2006. Living in the Social Media age can be both “exciting” and “disturbing” at the same time. Exciting considering the explosion of information that is well within reach of today’s generation of Facebook/ Twitter/Instagram users. But disturbing as well due to the dangers kids encounter via the various popular…

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Lessons from Tiger Woods’ ‘bad swing’ ?>

Lessons from Tiger Woods’ ‘bad swing’

Reading the news on Tiger Woods’ personal woes nowadays reminds me so much of how fleeting fame and fortune are in life. I was just a greenhorn sportswriter when I started reading about Tiger Woods’ pro career sometime in 1996. Back then, internet cost a fortune so I’d read printed wire stories at the Manila Times office to follow Woods’ pro golfing career.

What can Filipinos do amid the tension in Marawi? ?>

What can Filipinos do amid the tension in Marawi?

The past days have been challenging for the Duterte administration as they address the ongoing tension in Marawi City, owing to the Maute terrorists. While they issue statements and for sure, weigh the options, netizens also flooded the social media platforms with their own opinions, commenting on the news feeds coming from various media sources. At this point, I don’t think our opinions on whether President Dutrete is the right man for the job, or whether his decisions in Marawi…

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The greatest news in history ?>

The greatest news in history

History is filled with breakthroughs in various fronts of life–breakthroughs that served as really great news for mankind. Take the case of polio, a deadly diseases during the pre-war era. History shows hundreds of thousands of people got affected and/or killed by this disease, and among the many victims of this was then US president Franklin D. Roosevelt. But American medical researcher and virologist Jonas Salk developed the polio vaccine, which was made available by 1955. Over 60 years later,…

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The three pet cats I grew up with ?>

The three pet cats I grew up with

Beth, Tootsy and Mingming. These were 3 of the pet cats I grew up with. Beth and Tootsy were our pet cats when I was 4 years old. As a kid, I tried my best carrying these two cats when mama wasn’t looking (you see, I was not allowed to be near cats because of my allergy on cat fur when I was young). But most of the time, I end up getting scratched by our pets. Beth has a…

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Musings from a soon-to-be 41-year-old dad ?>

Musings from a soon-to-be 41-year-old dad

As I turn 41 in 4 months’ time, I realize that yes, I’m now facing a new season in my life. Just over the weekend, Ava and I took our 3 kids (Bea, 11, David 9 and Niquee turning 5) to Nasugbu, Batangas for a much, much needed getaway after my 2 boys (and my wife) got sick (having to adjust to the dust caused by a construction site just adjacent to our new house.) It seemed just a few…

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An inspiring night at D Cup Coffee Republic ?>

An inspiring night at D Cup Coffee Republic

It may seem like an accident at first, but my wife and I felt our first visit at the D Cup Coffee Republic at the Pioneer Street Market was heaven sent. First of all, we like coffee, not 3-in-1 but freshly brewed coffee. There’s something in the smooth, fragrant aroma of brewed coffee that gets my adrenaline pumping and juice flowing as I write and/or edit. Our late night date though opened for us a door of opportunity to make…

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No extra baggages this new year ?>

No extra baggages this new year

New year. 2017. Consider it a blank page. A fresh start. The brand new year is God’s way to give each us an opportunity to start all over again. But for us to fully appreciate “starting over again”, we also have to understand the power of and repentance and forgiveness. I’m reminded of 1 John 1:9 (the Message), which says, “On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be…

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A look back at what God has done in our lives this 2016 ?>

A look back at what God has done in our lives this 2016

As I write this last blog for 2016, I can’t help but look back with gratefulness to God for allowing me to see and experience tons of His goodness and faithfulness. When we started 2016, Ava and I were anxious in some way because it was a year we are transitioning David, our second child to big school. (David was homeschooled originally for his first 5 years).  We know that expenses will jack up and it’s what made us anxious….

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