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Grace Monte de Ramos
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Writer. Reader. Nitpicker.
Writer. Reader. Nitpicker.

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Lament for endangered trees in Mandaluyong.

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Duh. Cat lovers already know this.

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BALER SUMAN

Baler's version of the sticky rice treat known as suman in the Tagalog-speaking regions is almost the same as budbud from the Visayas. It is also made with coconut milk, though not as generously as the one from my hometown. Two kinds of rice are used, black and white, but not together. Another difference is the use of young coconut leaves instead of banana leaves as wrapping material. I love how economical the cooks are, using just one frond for each stick. Delicious.


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March 21 is also the International Day of Forests.

Across the road from the resort we stayed at in Baler was a forested hill, part of the Sierra Madre range, according to our guide. It was so relaxing to listen to the calls of birds coming from the trees and on the other side, the surf of the Pacific Ocean.


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Happy World Poetry Day!



"We want what God wants: to be pure.

Take the water. We’ll pay for it in glass.

Poseidon, now there’s a god, a real king of water.

We want what a god wants: to own it, all.

Water baron, barren woman, what do you know of the sea?

The sea never ceases ringing."

--from "Oasis", by Beth Bachmann

Please click on the link to read the complete poem.

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Impeachment being a numbers game, it is probable that the complaint will be shot down by Congress, which Dudirty controls. But anything could happen during the recess, Raissa Robles argues.

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The way to keep your passion for women's issues is to keep your friends in the women's movement, Leticia Ramos Shahani told participants of a media workshop conducted by the Women's Feature Service in March 2015. Shahani was a stalwart of the movement who helped craft the CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women). She was the secretary-general of the World Conference on the UN Decade of Women in Nairobi in 1985.

After her stint in the UN, Shahani came home to the Philippines and was elected senator. After her retirement from politics, she turned to farming. She was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in May last year.

Rest in peace, Senator Shahani. Thank you for your work to advance women's rights. Our lives are better for it.

More on her life and work here: http://www.isiswomen.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1769:the-life-and-times-of-leticia-ramos-shahani&catid=196&Itemid=449



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You are invited.


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Retired Rear Admiral Bruce Loveless lived up to his name.

A “raging multi-day party, with a rotating carousel of prostitutes” at the Makati Shangri-La and the use of memorabilia in the MacArthur Suite of the Manila Hotel for sexual acts.

These were among the sleazy details in the indictment of a retired US Navy admiral and eight other ranking officers charged over a sex and bribery dubbed the “Fat Leonard” case.

Retired rear admiral Bruce Loveless, a Navy intelligence officer, is the second admiral to be charged in the case, which has now grown to include 25 named defendants.

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