Juan L. Mercado
  • Speak, Memory

    “Awakening of consciousness is a series of spaced splashes … until bright blocks of perception are formed ...

    “Awakening of consciousness is a series of spaced splashes … until bright blocks of perception are formed … affording memory a slippery hold,” novelist Vladimir Nabokov wrote in his book “Speak, Memor ...

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  • Standing Room Only

    What do you do when all  seats are taken? The Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan and Malaysia control real isla ...

    What do you do when all  seats are taken? The Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan and Malaysia control real islands in the South  China  sea. ”China came very late to this party and missed out on all the goo ...

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  • Relentless Master

    Next-door Malaysia dashed into the future this September by back-pedaling into the past. Its government h ...

    Next-door Malaysia dashed into the future this September by back-pedaling into the past. Its government has clamped back the 1948 Anti-Sedition Law. This is “the broadest crackdown … since the era of ...

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  • Austere Laurels

    The kind of ancestors we’ve had is not as important as the kind of descendants our ancestors have. This a ...

    The kind of ancestors we’ve had is not as important as the kind of descendants our ancestors have. This axiom is apt for the 135th birthday of President Sergio Osmeña on Monday, September 8. The obser ...

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  • Rain And Bamboo Shoots

    “The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain,” the cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle sings in the 1964 ...

    “The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain,” the cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle sings in the 1964 Broadway musical “My Fair Lady.” She’d been taught to speak “proper English” by  phonetics prof ...

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  • Transition Curve?

    Brazil  today loses  less than 6,000 square kilometers of  forests ---  down from 20,000 a decade back,   ...

    Brazil  today loses  less than 6,000 square kilometers of  forests ---  down from 20,000 a decade back,  the Economist reports.  It  spearheads the  Amazon Region Protected Areas  which is 20 times Be ...

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  • Embedded Impunity

    The immediate often blurs the significant. Pope Francis’ press conference, aboard the plane returning fro ...

    The immediate often blurs the significant. Pope Francis’ press conference, aboard the plane returning from his South Korea visit is an example. He made “a chopping gesture and a whistling sound as if ...

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  • Teflon Pope

    “Listen. You can not be  neutral about human pain. I responded in that way. That’s how I felt.” That’ is ...

    “Listen. You can not be  neutral about human pain. I responded in that way. That’s how I felt.” That’ is Pope Francis responding to an aide who suggested he take off a ribbon given by relatives of 300 ...

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  • Amnesia Antidote

    “National amnesia causes us to forget who and what we are.” Is that the fix we’re in when the country mar ...

    “National amnesia causes us to forget who and what we are.” Is that the fix we’re in when the country marks, this Thursday, the 31st anniversary of Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr.’s airport tarmac murder? The ...

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  • Youngsters’ Tomorrow

    Filipino Catholic youngsters will join delegations from 29 other Asian countries this week when Pope Fran ...

    Filipino Catholic youngsters will join delegations from 29 other Asian countries this week when Pope Francis launches the Sixth Asian Youth Day ceremonies in South Korea. “This will be a dialogue with ...

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