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The legendary actor-director on women, money, discipline, and playing the villain.
EDDIE GARCIA89, actor and filmmakerI started in 1949, after I got discharged from the Philippine Scouts in the U.S. Army. I was stationed in Okinawa for three years, as [part of the] occupational troops. In 1949, the Philippine Scouts were disbanded by President Quirino. ...
 
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Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque was a lawyer, a law professor, and a member of Congress before he took a position at Malacañang. Here is what he's learned throughout his career, much of which is spent blinking in the spotlight.
People think you just show up at the rostrum and speak, people don’t know the amount of preparation needed. As soon as I show up at the office, I read all the newspapers that we have. I get two briefings, one is ...
 
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The former congressman, activist, and human rights lawyer on his memories of torture under Martial Law.
NERI COLMENARESFormer congressman, human rights lawyerIf you're in a position of power or wealth, never abuse and never be arrogant.The second lesson my father told me: "Kung tama ka naman, tindigan mo. Pero kung mali ka, dapat aminin mo." That’s why I could ...
 
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From the archives: A 2011 interview with former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO71, former President of The PhilippinesI don’t give unsolicited advice. But for those who care to know, let me share some of my experience.Some crises can be foreseen. In that case, the most important is to monitor the unfolding developments and prior ...
 
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The former Sugarfree frontman on mental health, the beauty of the Filipino language, and becoming a musician of substance.
EBE DANCEL42, musician.Sometimes I get letters from aspiring songwriters, and ang common question nila is, “How can I write a song that people will relate to?” That in itself is already your downfall. Unless you’ve teamed up with an agency to write ...
 
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The longest-serving post-EDSA senator, in his own words.
To commemorate the passing of former senator Edgardo J. Angara, revisit some of his memorable words of wisdom. The following are excerpted from his speeches, addresses, and interviews with various press outfits over the years, as well as his biography, Edgardo J. Angara: In The Grand Manner, ...
 
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The singer shares her wit, wisdom and life lessons
I started young and with no experience in the music industry, but I was very famous. So that was a bit strange.I remember being on set for the 'Can’t Get You out of My Head' video and looking at the monitor and we just ...
 
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"Most of us view reality through rose-tinted glasses. The problem, therefore, is not in reality but in our glasses."
It was lodged early in my childish mind that the Philippines stood in the exact center of the world. When I learned to study maps I would look from the Philippines to east and west, south and north, and know the world ...
 
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The former senator, Secretary of Justice, and CHR chair on courage, inclusive development, and yoga.
JOSE W. DIOKNO(1922-1987) Former Senator of The Philippines,founding chair of the Commission on Human Rights..I wanted to study mechanical engineering because I like gadgets. My parents were pressuring me to study law and I was resisting. We compromised. I said, “I’ll just ...
 
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The lead singer of Parokya Ni Edgar on entertaining an audience, saving money, and endearing women.
As long as you make fun of yourself, nobody else can.From our first performances [in high school], we learned that being funny is more important than being talented. Kasi we were a bunch of kids lang na walang talent at walang skill. ...
 
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The Senior Associate Justice on the nine-dash lines, martial law, and social media.
WHAT I'VE LEARNEDAntonio T. Carpio67, Senior Associate JusticeI have a caveat: this is my personal opinion. You have to free me from any constraints.I started researching on the nine-dash line in 2010. I went to Sec. del Rosario, and I explained to ...
 
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Some wit and wisdom from 'The Commuter' star
65, ActorMy grandfather was a steam engine driver, believe it or not. I have an image of him from when I was six [years] old, coming down through this cloud of steam like a god. That's stayed with me all my life. My ...
 
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The renowned ad man on the political powers of advertising and the resurrection of reading.
DAVID GUERRERO56, chairman and chief creative officer of BBDO Guerrero.I didn’t really think advertising was a viable career. After studying an academic degree in International Relations for three years, I came to the realization that no one would know the things I just learned ...
 
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The legendary singer on making ‘Ang Larawan’ and paying Nick Joaquin with beer and a typewriter.
CELESTE LEGASPI67, singer and actressI had a hard time memorizing the lyrics of Saranggola Ni Pepe. I still have a hard time remembering it, because it’s very unique. I was only 22 when [my husband] gave that to me. I didn’t know where ...
 
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The veteran documentary photographer on access, empathy, and the most important skill for young photographers.
RICK ROCAMORA70, documentary photographerIn 1990, I took the buyout from my company at the time. In 1991, I started full time with photography. Even before I quit the job, there were a lot of people who helped me—mainstream, professional photojournalists. They became ...
 
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Courage, faith, honor, and then more courage.
Andres Bonifacio(November 30, 1863 to May 10, 1897)Founder of the KatipunanBelieve in the Creator with all your heart.Remember always that a sincere faith in Him involves love of your native land, because this shows true love for your fellow man.Carve into your ...
 
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Washington SyCip, founder of SGV&Co. and the Asian Institute of Management, has passed away at the age of 96.
There’s a lot of exercise at the airport. The airports nowadays are so huge, you take a lot of time walking.I left Manila on a Philippine Airlines flight at 8 a.m. on Monday for Hong Kong. But the meeting was in Nanjiao, an industrial ...
 
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The multihyphenate artist on Coltrane, the philosophical paradox of jazz, and the profound simplicity of bread with butter.
Risk is at the heart of anything that will change anything. Dapat mayroon kang sinusugal para mayroon kang ma-achieve.I didn’t pursue the normal definition of having a family. I live with eight dogs. I live with…ang term namin, “cohabitation.” I’ve been in ...
 
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The original People's President on youth, nationalism, and his concern for the common man.
The following are excerpted from former President Ramon Magsaysay Sr.'s speeches, statements, remarks, and messages retrieved from the Official Gazette of The Republic of The Philippines; as well as from the Magsaysay Credo.I believe that government starts at the bottom, and moves upward, ...
 
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The Vigan city councilor on destiny, business, and surviving assassination attempts.
You should know how to take advantage and know when to stop. Some gamblers, when they’re winning, they lessen their bet, and when they’re losing they bet more. Most gamblers, although they say that they are very disciplined, they don’t know how ...