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Does Christmas come only in December? THE SUNNY PHILOSOPHER by Salvador D. Flor, Ph.D.

Does Christmas come only in December? THE SUNNY PHILOSOPHER by Salvador D. Flor, Ph.D......»»

Category: newsSource: bicolstandard bicolstandardDec 21st, 2017

THE SUNNY PHILOSOPHER by Salvador D. Flor, Ph.D. | Beautiful but unreal world

THE SUNNY PHILOSOPHER by Salvador D. Flor, Ph.D. | Beautiful but unreal world.....»»

Category: newsSource:  bicolstandardRelated NewsMar 30th, 2017

THE SUNNY PHILOSOPHER by Salvador D. Flor, Ph. D. | Deprived of their birthright |

THE SUNNY PHILOSOPHER by Salvador D. Flor, Ph. D. | Deprived of their birthright |.....»»

Category: newsSource:  bicolstandardRelated NewsMar 17th, 2017

THS SUNNY PHILOSOPHER by Salvador D. Flor, Ph. D. | Do you not yearn for the good, old days?

THS SUNNY PHILOSOPHER by Salvador D. Flor, Ph. D. | Do you not yearn for the good, old days?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  bicolstandardRelated NewsMar 8th, 2017

THE SUNNY PHILOSOPHER by Salvador D. Flor, Ph. D. | Your shrinking world

THE SUNNY PHILOSOPHER by Salvador D. Flor, Ph. D. | Your shrinking world.....»»

Category: newsSource:  bicolstandardRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2017

THE SUNNY PHILOSOPHER | Keeping out a lonely life by Salvador D. Flor

THE SUNNY PHILOSOPHER | Keeping out a lonely life by Salvador D. Flor.....»»

Category: newsSource:  bicolstandardRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2016

Army Chief visits the Stormtroopers

The Commanding General of the Philippine Army, Lt. Gen. Rolando Joselito D. Bautista AFP rendered his traditional Pre-Christmas Visit to the home of the Stormtroopers on December 11, 2017......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated News2 hr. 57 min. ago

Warriors show off firepower, Cavs show off flaws in Finals rematch

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com CLEVELAND -- Tyronn Lue’s bathroom break came early in the fourth quarter. No, not literally. But the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers had used the familiar call of duty to describe the suddenness with which a game against the Golden State Warriors can turn. And sure enough, on Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena, it turned on Lue and his team. “They’re the only team,” Lue told reporters before tipoff, “where you can be looking at the game and it’s a two-point game. You go to the bathroom, come back, they’re up 15.” Lue’s “loo” moment, figuratively anyway, came after David West sank two free throws to put the Warriors up 95-93 with 9:07 to play. There it was – the two-point lead – in what had been 39 minutes of mostly entertaining, back-and-forth, you-loved-them-then-you’ll-love-them-again basketball between the familiar adversaries. Draymond Green extends the @warriors lead to 10 on @NBAonTNT! 4:47 to play in Q4 #DubNation pic.twitter.com/q2Drea9Jxy — NBA (@NBA) January 16, 2018 Exactly three minutes and 23 seconds later, Draymond Green cut to the basket, took a pass from Shaun Livingston and dropped in a layup that made it 105-95. It was the biggest lead of the night to that point. Lue twice had called timeouts during the run in an attempt to stop the bleeding. Now there was only 5:44 left. The Warriors’ margin would grow to 14. And the Cavaliers, to stick with Lue’s imagery, were circling the bowl. That the defending champions can go into hyperdrive against anybody is a reminder, not a revelation. But there were some things revealed, discovered and learned in the second and final regular-season clash of the respective West and East favorites, including: Isaiah Thomas has a way to go. This was our most extended look yet at Cleveland’s new point guard, their Kyrie Irving replacement, in circumstances most like those he’ll face when the meat of the Cavs’ schedule – the postseason – rolls around. Thomas scored 19 points, matching his high from the four previous games he played. He was on the floor for 32 minutes, nearly eight minutes more than his previous high. Both Thomas, who missed the season’s first 11 weeks recovering from a hip injury left over from last spring in Boston, and the Cavaliers know a) he’s not sharp or in great shape yet, and b) neither he nor the team has gotten familiar enough with the other to achieve the best results. Yet Thomas took 21 shots Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), more than LeBron James (18), more than Dwyane Wade (14) and more than double any other Cleveland player. He made just eight, including just one of his seven 3-point attempts. Lue, though, said he had no problem with Thomas’ gunning, as long as they were good shots. Thomas sounded as if he was seeking out work where he could find it. Granted, it was his hip that kept him out but his elbow, wrist and shooting hand apparently profit from heavy usage now too. “I’ve got to get in shape,” he said later. “I’ve got to get my legs back. Especially when I get a little winded, my legs get even heavier. “The only thing that’s gonna help me is getting reps. Running up and down the floor. Getting my hip, getting my body accustomed to taking a beating. ... Getting in basketball shape.” Kevin Durant didn’t put much stock in Thomas’ play Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) as a sign of how he’ll help Cleveland come springtime. Durant went through a similar enough trial in 2014-15, when surgery in October to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot sidelined him into December, then finally scuttled his season after just 27 games. “Obviously IT is just getting back,” the Warriors forward said. “He hadn’t played in seven months – you’ve got to give him some time. I know exactly how that feels. Especially being thrown in in the middle of the season and starting and playing 30-plus minutes now ... I know it’s gonna take him a while to get into a comfortable groove here.” What we saw is what we’d get. Mostly. It looked at various points as if both coaches were trying lineups, testing young players, tinkering with substitution patterns or probing matchups with an eye on a possible re-re-rematch in June. Likewise, it would be understandable for Lue and Golden State’s Steve Kerr to hold back a few wrinkles, just to have something fresh to try the next time they face each other. ”We don’t hold too much back, to be honest with you,” Kerr said. “I think matchups can dictate some things that you do in the playoffs and sometimes you may make a few different play calls, whatever. But I don’t think there’s a conscious effort to hold anything back for fear of tipping the hand for later.” Kerr started rookie big Jordan Bell again, same as in the Christmas game in Oakland, for more mobility against Cleveland’s small lineup than center Zaza Pachulia would provide. The coach gave Kevon Looney, Nick Young and Patrick McCaw more tastes of the rivalry too. Lue, meanwhile, was asked if he had the Cavaliers target Steph Curry defensively to get him into foul trouble and generally make life difficult. That’s a tactic that has helped when most others have failed against the two-time MVP and it might come in handy down the road. “I can’t remember,” Lue said, pointedly declining to answer. Curry can dunk. And David West still can. It was a rare Curry-in-flight moment early in the second half when the Golden State guard, who usually does his damage from deep, threw down a two-handed dunk. It was his first of the season. Steph Curry throws down the two-handed jam on #PhantomCam! #DubNation pic.twitter.com/eHaHsw2yZV — NBA (@NBA) January 16, 2018 “I think he was taking out some anger from the first half,” Kerr said. “Sometimes that will get him going. Steph loves to dunk more than anybody, you know that. Doesn’t happen often, so when it does, it jacks him up.” Said Durant, who fed Curry for the slam: “He surprised me on that one. Hopefully he’s feeling better tomorrow. I know it took a lot for him to get up there.” David West turns back the clock!#DubNation leads #AllForOne 103-95 with 6:16 to play in the 4th. 📺: @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/dj2iFuZGrr — NBA (@NBA) January 16, 2018 West got his 37-year-old bones up there too, dunking off the dribble during his nine-minute, plus-nine stint in the fourth quarter. The veteran power forward had missed his three shots in the second.   “He was a little short on his jump shot to start the game,” Durant said. “But D. West is such a smart player, he makes adjustments, he doesn’t get discouraged. He made a huge play – his left-handed dunk kind of got us all going. That was definitely surprising when he turned that one over.” But seriously, Cleveland has issues. Besides losing for the eighth time in 10 games, the Cavaliers had their 13-game home winning streak broken in Monday's (Tuesday, PHL time) 118-108 loss. And when it was second unit vs. second unit to start the fourth quarter, the Warriors had little trouble switching on defense and crowding away the Cavs’ long-range game. Cleveland shot just 6-of-23 in the fourth quarter, and got outscored 61-44 in what Kerr considered one of his club’s most complete second halves.   The Cavaliers’ defensive leaks have been extensively criticized, and more IT as he gets his game back is not the best way to address those. Even more problematic is the offense now, which over the past few weeks has been grinding, with none of them having much fun with the ball or without. “This is an important time for us,” Wade said, “and we want to see how we respond coming out of this game. ... It’s not about just winning a ball game. It’s about building good habits as a team.” Given James’ record and reputation – seven consecutive trips to the Finals, most in spite of some in-season doldrums for his Heat or Cavs crews – there’s a lot of “In LeBron We Trust,” both inside and outside the Cleveland locker room. Until a rival in the Eastern Conference proves it can knock off the King, no one will believe it. But if the Cavaliers, after so many exposures to their Bay Area nemeses (9-17 in regular- and postseason meetings since the start of 2014-15), can’t come up with solutions, maybe NBA fans should want to see someone else get a crack at them. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News3 hr. 10 min. ago

NCCC Mall blaze: Whose Fault and Failure?

Screen grab from official YouTube channelTHE NIGHTMARE before Christmas day began at 9:30 in the morning of December 23, as a blaze swept through the third floor of Davao City's New City Com.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

NCCC Mall blaze: Whose Fault and Failure?

Screen grab from official YouTube channel THE NIGHTMARE before Christmas day began at 9:30 in the morning of December 23, as a blaze swept through the third floor of Davao City’s New City Com Source link link: NCCC Mall blaze: Whose Fault and Failure?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

NCCC Mall blaze: Whose Fault and Failure?

Screen grab from official YouTube channelTHE NIGHTMARE before Christmas day began at 9:30 in the morning of December 23, as a blaze swept through the third floor of Davao City's New City Com.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

TDG remembers, cares for the elders this Christmas

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia THE Daily Guardian joyously gave gifts to the elderly of Asilo de Molo in Iloilo City, on December 29, 2017 as part of our effort to share the true meaning of Christmas. Themed “Pag-ulikid: Remembering the forgotten for a meaningful Christmas”, the heartwarming gathering was filled with pleasant surprises and childlike […] The post TDG remembers, cares for the elders this Christmas appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2018

UPDATE: Official whom Duterte will fire not from PCSO – Roque

THE official President Rodrigo Duterte will be firing is not from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), his spokesman said on Wednesday, amid claims that the reason behind the termination was the “lavish” Christmas party the PCSO held in December. “I can make the confirmation that the official who I was tasked to announce and [...] The post UPDATE: Official whom Duterte will fire not from PCSO – Roque appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2018

Kiefer Ravena s Christmas Day debut was made even more special with Alyssa Valdez watching

On Christmas Day, PBA rookie and emerging NLEX Road Warriors star Kiefer Ravena put on a show at the Philippine Arena, putting up 20 points to go along with five assists and four steals and a W over Globalport. It was Ravena’s second-straight impressive outing as he helped lead the Road Warriors to a 2-0 start to the 43rd PBA season, and it earned him Player of the Week honors. Being that it was his first Christmas Day game at the Philippine Arena, it was already set to be a special night for the second-overall pick, but it became even more special with a special someone in sitting in the crowd. In attendance was Ravena’s girlfriend, Philippine volleyball star Alyssa Valdez, who was home for the holidays from her stint in Taiwan with club team Attack Line. “It feels nice to have her around. It’s always like that whenever she’s here.” Ravena said. And by home for the holidays, we mean three days. Valdez landed on Christmas Eve and then flew back out to Taiwan on December 26th. While her time with Attack Line is coming to an end and Valdez heading back to Philippine soil to play for the Premier Volleyball League's Creamline club in 2018, Ravena knows that it still won’t be a given that Valdez will be at all his games. “Being a professional, it comes with a lot of responsibilities, and knowing that sometimes, she’s not gonna be around with games, but we both know how to handle it.” “Ito na yung buhay namin eh.” Ravena added. While it surely won’t be the last time that Valdez gets to see Ravena play in the PBA, it was still a special moment for the former Ateneo Blue Eagle to have his special someone around for his best performance in the pros so far. “For now, having her around, it’s always nice to play when she’s watching, when your family and your loved ones are around supporting you.”  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2018

Paul George questions controversial end to Thunder vs Bucks

NBA.com staff report Giannis Antetokounmpo arguably possesses the longest reach and stride in the NBA. Oklahoma City's Paul George thought the latter should have twice disqualified his game-winning basket on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Milwaukee's young star forward drove baseline in the final seconds, squeezed past Thunder swingman Josh Huestis and dunked over Russell Westbrook with 0.9 seconds remaining to put the Bucks up 97-95. Later on Twitter, George rose a social media eyebrow over two potential non-calls, wondering aloud if Antetokounmpo had stepped out of bounds or traveled en route to the points that proved the difference. Wow?! No travel OR out of bounds huh? 🤔 — Paul George (@Yg_Trece) December 30, 2017 Westbrook was less direct, telling reporters "it's over now, so it don't matter." Westbrook on if Giannis was out of bounds: “I couldn’t see that...You’ve seen it. So it’s over now. It don’t matter.” pic.twitter.com/MrbLcBP5bV — Fred Katz (@FredKatz) December 30, 2017 In the pool reporter interview after the game, NBA Crew Chief Derrick Stafford explained why Antetokounmpo's drive was not reviewable despite the possible non-calls. "In any reviewable matter, there has to be a whistle called on the floor," Stafford said. "There was no whistle blown for the play, so we couldn't review it." The following is a transcript of the pool reporter interview following the Bucks/Thunder game with NBA Crew Chief Derrick Stafford by Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman: pic.twitter.com/9mVzRouqz0 — NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) December 30, 2017 This would be the third high-profile questioning of late-game officiating in the past week. LeBron James complained of two late-game fouls by Kevin Durant that went uncalled in Cleveland's Christmas day (Dec. 26, PHL time) loss to the defending champion Warriors. James Harden was displeased with consecutive offensive fouls that helped Boston cap off a 26-point comeback victory over the Rockets on Thursday (Friday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 30th, 2017

A story for this Christmas season

There is a saying: “The law may be harsh but it is the law.” #BeFullyInformed A story for this Christmas season There is a saying: “The law may be harsh but it is the law.” The Sta. Ana police station in Manila was confronted with this legal truism when last December 10, the security chief… link: A story for this Christmas season.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 30th, 2017

30 A& B Liner buses suspended after Quezon bus crash

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has imposed a month-long preventive suspension on 30 A&B Liner buses after a road crash in Quezon just a day after Christmas. Based on the LTFRB order released Wednesday, December 27, the bus with plate ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Letters From Davao by Jun Ledesma

‘It was a good year’ We have seen the litany of achievements of Duterte administration. It dwarfed the entire six years of the Aquino regime. It could have done better except that it has to first fix a lot of damages wrought by an inept regime that has likewise institutionalized corruption and abetted crime the most horrific of it all – the drug syndicates.  Space or brevity must have limited some significant achievements of the  Department of Finance and am referring to the upgrades of credit ratings of the Philippines from investment grade to investment grade and stable. While early on Standard & Poor’s claimed that President Duterte’s war on drugs and alleged extra-judicial killings are factors that account for the static rating by December 2017 it grudgingly acceded that something good is happening in the Philippines under Duterte’s watch.  Finance Sec. Sonny Dominguez and his team deserves the credit. Fitch and Moody’s in their “investment grade and stable” rating in December enunciated that the issues surrounding drugs and EJK have nothing to do with the rosy economy of the country and its image as capital investment destination. The country’s economic performance for one is top in Asia and there is no turning back with the expected massive spending on infrastructures and government services starting 2018 and beyond.  The Duterte government achievements scoreboard makes the moribund opposition drooling. Still on Finance, expect the billionaires who are also the country’s tax dodgers to cough up. TRAIN or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion gives a huge relief to 99 percent of those small taxpayers saving the ar least P50,000.00 in tax cut!  But demands and exacts the reasonable taxes from the rich especially the filthy rich. Last year sampling of Lucio Tan (P6-billion), Mighty Cigarettes (P40-billion) and the Prieto and Rufinos’ one-mile asset that they are accountable to the government in still unquantifiable amount as yet? There is a subliminal message to be absorbed why candidate Rodrigo R. Duterte refused to accept donations from the rich and famous: just pay your taxes correctly and you’re okay.  The Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of Customs are churning more collections under a continuing reforms.  President Duterte himself did dramatic and radical transformations in the area of Foreign Affairs and security. He was chided and lectured on by self proclaimed experts in diplomacy and security alliances especially with the generous expletives he is famous for. But as he admitted to the point of being apologetic, he told media men in this year’s Christmas party, “but that is me”.  Duterte’s foray into foreign affairs and diplomacy might be severely lacking in refinements but he put across his message clearly and direct and one cannot quarrel with what he achieved in such a brief moment. He virtually altered the outlook of the western countries on small sovereign nations. He overhauled alliances by an unwritten rule of mutual respect and cognizance of sovereignty. While Aquino made enemies with China which is the world’s second largest economy resulting in unquantifiable losses of opportunities Duterte reversed that with the resumption of trade, financial assistance with cheap money interest, massive infrastructure projects that will come into fruition by 2018. World leaders to include Xi Jinping of China, Vladimir Putin of Russia, PM Shinzo Abe of Japan and, to the dismay of the so-called Yellowtards, US Pres. Donald Trump who became his virtual phone pal.  The Department of Agriculture under Sec. Manny Pinol, did exemplary well. Productivity is better than expected and could have performed better if not for the natural calamities that the country has to contend with. Maybe the Bureau of Fisheries under it may try something out of the box. Propose to China to convert that disputed island into a one big marine laboratory. China provides the infrastructures while the Philippines the technical aquatic expertise. Make a 10-mile no-fishing marine haven around the island and guarded by the joint coastguard forces of China, Philippines and Vietnam. The Philippine Coconut Authority under Cabinet Sec. Jun Evasco is about to embark on a massive replanting program.  The Aquino government allocated billions of pesos to fight ‘cocolisap’ infestation but applied the wrong solution. Well, what do we expect from a certain Kiko Pangilinan? The replanting program was a big failure on account of  massive graft in high and low places. Replanting as well as new areas had been programmed by PCA.  Finally we have to give accolade to our Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police for combating internal threats, terrorism and syndicated crime. The AFP and PNP are more prepared and better equipped now than any other time in history. Furthermore we see a disciplined forces in the AFP and while there are a few remaining scalawags in the PNP the cleansing process is done without let-up. We from Mindanao are comfortable and secured with their presence even under the aegis of martial law. If you do not believe me look at the various surveys on the popularity and trust of Filipinos on President Duterte and his government.  This will end my perspectives for year 2017 and we look forward to 2018 the Build, Build, Build era. The beginning of the new Philippines. Mindanao and Davao City, from where I live and write, may have suffered from natural calamities but we had seen, suffered and endured worse scenarios and even man made tragedies than […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Manny Pacquiao and Topex Robinson headline part two of “The Final Score”

Filipino boxing legend Sen. Manny Pacquiao and LPU head coach Topex Robinson headline the second part of ABS-CBN S+A’s two-part year-ender special “The Final Score” which will air on New Year’s Day (January 1) at 10 pm on S+A and S+A HD. Anchored by TJ Manotoc and Dyan Castillejo, the special looks back at the momentous championships and memorable athletic performances that made 2017 a memorable year in sports with exclusive in-depth interviews withPacquiao, LPU Pirates head coach Topex Robinson for the episode airing on New Year’s Day (January 1).  The second part, dubbed “#Redemption,” features Topex and “People’s Champion” Pacquiao, who will share the challenges they faced in their respective disciplines. The former SSC-R Stag will recount the hard work they put in ahead of the Pirates’ historic season, his unusual coaching methods off the court, and the pain and lessons learned after their Finals loss to defending champions San Beda Red Lions. Manny, on the other hand, will reminisce about the highs of his career and how his stinging defeat at the hands of Jeff “The Brisbane Hornet” Horn this year made him tougher in life and inside the ring. Aside from that, “#Redemption” will also give spotlight to the biggest upsets in the sporting world this year, and the NBA Finals last June that saw the Golden State Warriors take the NBA crown back from the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the special's first part "#Trending" that aired on Christmas night (December 25), "The Final Score" talked to two of the most talked about athletes this year --- Thirdy Ravena, Ateneo De Manila’s King Eagle, and Ricci Rivero, the most tweeted athlete of 2017 in the entire Philippines and gave a rundown of the trending moments in the UAAP Season 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Don’t miss the second and final part of S+A’s year-end special, “The Final Score,” airing on New Year’s Day (January 1) at 10 pm on S+A and S+A HD with sports anchors TJ Manotoc and Dyan Castillejo . For more information, schedules, and stories, go online visit ABS-CBN’s sports hub sports.abs-cbn.com, and follow their official social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter (@ABSCBNSports)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

MINDANAO PEACE ADVOCATES

Members of church organizations gather during the Christmas Peace Forum organized by the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform on Thursday, December 28 at the Grand Men Seng Hotel in Davao City. The delegates called for the resumption of peace talks between the government and the communists. (Mara S. Genotiva/davaotoday.com).....»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

Printing error caused faceless P100 bills, BSP says

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said it has resolved the "machine error" that have caused the misprinting of "faceless" P100 bills, which were withdrawn by a  Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)  client from an automated teller machine (ATM) on Christmas day, December 25. BSP ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017