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Conclusive endings When does a writer end a story or a novel?

There is no rigid rule here. In my case, I end the story or a novel when the dilemma or problem is resolved, when the hero dies. I like my stories and novels to end conclusively with bells ringing and canons booming, as in Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture......»»

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Blurred lines and confusion

I was already 200 words into a sincere “Thank You” to the IATF for being considerate enough to give Filipinos a one-week notice before enforcing a “hard lockdown” on Aug. 6 but then out of the blue I heard a news flash last Saturday evening July 31, informing listeners that DILG Secretary Ed Año had ordered the PNP to immediately set up border controls at midnight......»»

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A hero’s strength is measured by his heart

The Taoist spiritual concept of Yin and Yang proved itself last week, when after the gloomy State of the Nation Address, we received the happiest news ever – that Hidilyn Diaz won the first Olympic Gold for the country......»»

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A ‘Hidilyn Diaz’ in all of us

But it is over-stretching Hidilyn’s Olympic victory to geo-politics level when there should be none......»»

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Golden moments

It looks like the country’s first Olympic gold got the Philippine momentum going......»»

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EDITORIAL - Safe voter registration

The approaching return to the strictest enhanced community quarantine will inevitably affect the ongoing voter registration, with only two months left before the deadline. Areas to be placed under ECQ including Metro Manila are sure to see a slowdown in the registration of new voters, according to poll officials......»»

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Lyka servicing encashment requests

Lyka, a social media app, is committed to service encashment requests from merchants despite experiencing a deluge of requests from different partner establishments after the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas earlier ordered it to halt its online payment operations......»»

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Neutral policy rate for Philippines slashed to 5%

The economic scarring effects from the pandemic, expected to be worst in the Philippines, are seen bringing down the country’s long-term neutral policy rate, an international think tank said......»»

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Rebuilding the economy

Blood clots, brain fog, heart palpitations, damage to the kidney and lungs......»»

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Seriously divided

It was sad to watch the spectacle of a seriously divided nation that should have been celebrating as one in the triumph of one of our own in the Olympics......»»

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URC half earnings up 42% to P8.5 biliion

Universal Robina Corp. , the Gokongwei-owned snacks giant, reported a net income of P8.5 billion in the first half of the year, up 42 percent compared to the same period last year......»»

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China crackdown

Last week, China unleashed a series of stunning and wide-reaching regulatory actions......»»

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Subsidies to state firms only half of H1 target

The government missed by more than half its subsidy program in the first semester due to the delayed filing of special budget requests ,but expects funding for state-owned firms, particularly for health agencies, to go up in the second semester......»»

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Ghost month, ECQ to spook stock trades

The start of the so-called ‘ghost month’ and another round of hard lockdown to commence later in the week are two compelling reasons investors would likely stay away from the stock market for now......»»

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BSP extends zero spread on rediscounting loans

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has extended the zero spread on its peso rediscount loans until the end of the year to allow banks to tap the facility to meet their temporary liquidity needs amid the pandemic......»»

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Flying during pandemic more expensive for airlines, passengers

Flying in the time of COVID-19 has made both airlines and passengers spend more, with travelers dealing with the cost of testing and airlines shelling out more money for ground handling cost and health protocols......»»

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P3.4 million shabu seized in Maguindanao

Shabu with an estimated street value of P3.4 million was seized from two drug suspects who were arrested in Sultan Mastura town in this province on Friday......»»

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400 Philippines, US soldiers finish training exercises

Four hundred soldiers from the Philippine and US armies have completed three-week joint training exercises in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija......»»

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NLEX upgrades RFID detection capability

The North Luzon Expressway, a unit of the Metro Pacific Tollways Corp., has upgraded its RFID (radio frequency identification) detection capability to improve customer experience at the toll gates......»»

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Terrorists’ ‘spy’ nabbed

An alleged Abu Sayyaf bandit with links to terrorist group Dawlah Islamiyah and reportedly working as a non-uniformed police personnel has been arrested in Jolo, Sulu, the Philippine National Police reported yesterday......»»

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