‘Transactional Democracy’

AS Filipinos trooped yesterday to polling precincts to cast their votes, they cast their votes not only for individuals and groups running in this year’s midterm election, but more importantly, they cast their votes on our nation’s immediate future, or our nation’s future in the next three years.

The mysterious Montserrat Mountain of Spain

MONTSERRAT is a mountain near Barcelona, Spain that’s long been regarded a sacred and magical place. In 880, it was said that a light floated down the mountains for six Saturdays in a row. When a search party headed by a bishop went to investigate, they found that the light fell on a previously undiscovered cave. Inside the cave, completely intact, was a statue of the Virgin Mary allegedly made in 50 AD. The statue soon attracted pilgrims and monks, and a monastery was eventually established in the mountain. Nicknamed “The Black Madonna,” the figure is venerated as the patron saint of Catalonia.

Go out and vote

May 12, 2019
And elections in a democracy, where sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them, are means by which the people may voice their will in the selection of public officers.

Tourist arrivals

May 11, 2019
THE mushrooming number of foreign tourist arrivals in the Philippines, mostly South Koreans, Chinese, Americans, Japanese and Taiwanese, should be welcomed by all sectors of society.

Tax-free poll duty fee

May 10, 2019
Under BIR rules, no taxes shall be withheld from public school teachers serving as members of the EBs provided that they will execute and file with the Comelec the prescribed sworn declaration of having an annual income threshold of PHP250,000.

Conspiracies and the very weird murder of Jonathan Luna

Some deaths are doomed to remain unsolved and to flit about past the periphery of all our attempts to understand them. In many of these cases there is also a true air of conspiracy, and of nefarious parties out on the fringe, which remain unseen and spectral, only serving to drive the whole thing deeper into the quagmire of mystery. One of these would certainly be the death of a well-liked and respected lawyer, who would suddenly turn up dead in the most bizarre of fashions without rhyme or reason and leaving a trail of oddness that has never been followed to the end.

The Ancient Romans built seismic invisibility cloaks for amphitheaters

There are many theories as to why structures built by ancient Romans lasted so long, with many still standing today. One popular idea is that the Romans mastered the art of fine concrete (opus caementicium) which seems to have achieved its durability from the addition of volcanic ash. However, that same volcanic ash points to a vulnerability that even the toughest walls eventually give way to – seismic waves caused by volcanoes and earthquakes. A new study proposes that Roman engineers may have mastered the science of structural invisibility, making their buildings transparent to these destructive waves. Is it true? Can humans — at least very rich Silicon Valley humans fearful of the San Andreas fault – get one too?