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An Auditorium, Not A Carpark

   After careful research of yellowing Baguio ordinances since the time of Eusebius Halsema, it’s pretty obvious that from the start, Baguio is not like other cities: you can’t – and you don’t – simply pour cement anywhere.  For one, Baguio is a mountain city: the geological design and make-up of the city should consider […]

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"I Don't Want To Be Forgotten"

“I don’t want to be forgotten in jail.” – Fouad Ahmed al-Fahran, the “Dean of Saudi Bloggers”      While most bloggers I know would write today about how their day went or some unique food find, I would like to take a moment to write about a fellow blogger.  A blogger who, like me, won’t shut up.  The […]

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The Manny Pacquiao Scandal

   Just when I promised myself to quit writing about Manny Pacquiao, here comes another issue about him.    Let me make one thing perfectly clear: I don’t hate Manny personally.  I have nothing to gain or to lose by writing anything about, for, or against Manny Pacquiao.  I’m entitled to a few opinions about him: one […]

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Firestarter, Twisted Firestarter

   The New Year is a time rife for firecrackers: before I left the house to buy fish food, I had to negotiate my way around a warzone of “piccolo,” “pla-pla” and “Judas Belt.”  While I like violent explosions as much as the next guy, I prefer to watch them from a safe distance.  Any […]

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2007… In Bullet Points

   I’m particularly lazy tonight, so I’ll sum up my year in convenient bullet points: Marocharim.com was launched in December 2007, which means that at least for one year, I’m off free blogging services and I have the privilege of having my own website.  This is all thanks to PinoyBlogosphere.com and Wika2007, where I won […]

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Media Confidential

   Author’s note: this piece was written in Original TMX.  In these times of protracted word wars between television stations, this experiment – once again – says my peace. MEDIA CONFIDENTIAL Originally posted May 21, 2007 < gonna be quite long >    Sometimes I wonder if my experiences as a campus journalist ever amounted […]

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"Truthiness" and the Seeming Truth of Wilyonaryo

Truthiness is “What I say is right, and nothing anyone else says could possibly be true.” It’s not only that I feel it to be true, but that I feel it to be true. There’s not only an emotional quality, but there’s a selfish quality. – Stephen Colbert Empirical reality is overrated. Santa Claus exists, […]

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Take Those Ratings and Shove 'Em

   I’ve been browsing some online forums (like this one and this one) and thought about baboons on the forest canopy: after a feed of bananas, some of them stoop down low to the forest floor to throw feces at other baboons.  Yup, between “Kapamilya” and “Kapuso,” you better strap on your seatbelts for civil […]

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Noose… Again

   I was having my morning coffee when breaking news appeared on TV: a kid committed suicide here in Baguio City, somewhere at Cabinet Hill.  I was extremely bothered: Cabinet Hill is a short walk away from my own house, and that house looked extremely familiar.  From the camera angle, it looked like the very […]

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