Art of forgetting

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes.” -George Santayana

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Edsa 1 People Power  last month, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism went out of the streets of Metro Manila and asked several students about their take on this historic event. The end-product is this video entitled  “Jaywalking Edsa”, and watching our youth’s seeming obliviousness of their past was quite a disconcerting experience.

Fortunately, there are still young people out there who remain serious in learning the nation’s history and the important lessons it teaches us in charting a better future for our children and grandchildren. The following article about Edsa 1 was written by Patricia Evangelista, the Philippine Daily Inquirer‘s youngest opinion columnist. A speech communication graduate from the University of the Philippines and the first Filipina to win the International Public Speaking Contest in 2004  (read her winning piece here), Patricia also works as a TV host and producer.

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Structural defects

Good that officials of the Department of Education seem to have been jolted by the recent terrible earthquake in Japan that they finally started checking the structures of public schools in the country. Let’s  just hope that the list they have come up with is accurate and, most importantly, that those schools they identified as having structural defects have been actually and properly attended to.

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High school reunions

Written by Prof. Randy David

Like most people now in their mid-60s, I recently joined my high school classmates in a series of reunions to mark the golden anniversary of our high school graduation. There is something extraordinary about meeting one’s classmates after 50 years. You wonder how they have changed and in what ways they have remained the same. You wonder too what vivid memories about you they have kept, if any. Compared to 25th anniversary reunions, golden gatherings are warmer and kinder. There is genuine interest in the other person and a readiness to share in his or her achievement, or misfortune. Everyone is invited to bask in the gentle glow of a shared humanity.

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Goin’ gaga

We are joining the more than 20 million people who have seen and gone gaga over this video of 10-year-old Filipino-Canadian Maria Aragon doing her own cover of Lady Gaga’s “Born this way”. This and her other videos on YouTube also got the attention of no less than Lady Gaga herself, who, in the next video, surprised Maria by inviting the latter to perform in her concert in Toronto held last March 3.

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