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Monthly Archive for December, 2008

a season of gratitude

In the Philippines, we celebrate the longest Christmas season, ushered by Christmas carols dominating the airwaves as early as the first day of September. The common reaction is to sigh and say “Hay, Christmas na…” (“Oh my, it’s almost Christmas”). The sigh is not indicative of joy or anticipation, but is usually characterized by dread […]

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crazy little thing called lot

The Philippine Lottery, or ‘lotto’, as it is popularly known, has been driving Filipinos crazy for 13 years now, since Lotto 6/42 was introduced by the PCSO in 1995. Since its legalization, betting in the lotto has become a favourite pastime to many, even a way of life to some. There are now different lotto […]

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bitten

It is upon us – inevitable, regardless of the troubled world economy. I’m used to hearing people say Christmas should be postponed because there is not much to celebrate. It’s probably the saddest, most pathetic thing I could ever hear every time the holidays set in. Call me the nemesis of The Grinch, but I […]

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twilight of my youth

The movie adaptation of “Twilight”, the first in the four-part saga written by Stephenie Meyer on the love and life of Edward Cullen, a vampire, and Bella Swan, a mortal, was finally shown in the Philippines – five days after it opened in the U.S., where it topped the box-office with $69.6M on its opening […]

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