Issue of November 4, 2018

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Holiday musings

Back in the old days, mothers wanted their daughters to marry into royalty (think Imelda Marcos, wanting to snare Prince Charles for Imee before Diana came along) – if not a prince, a duke or count will do.

Since royals tend to stick to tradition and marry only within their circle, even the powerful Imelda’s wish was nothing but a pipe dream.

But wait up. Prince Harry recently married a commoner, and Princess Ayako of Japan abdicated her right to be Empress (she was, however, I think, sixth or seventh in line) to marry the man who had stolen her heart.

And while there are thousands and thousands of eligible bachelors and single girls, there are only a few royals available, and may not be as “foolhardy” as Prince Harry or Princess Ayako.

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So the next choice of moms would be someone who belongs to a prominent family, educated in the best schools (Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, Princeton, or Yale), and hereabouts, the University of the Philippines, Ateneo, or La Salle. A professional title would be icing on the cake.

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One can say the same thing in politics – choices should be confined only to the capable and dedicated.

But like women aching to get up in the world, being a mistress is good though. Under the new moral, that is par for the course, and mistresses are envied more than condemned.

So guess why the truly capable and sincerely dedicated are not holding public office.

Two reasons: first they outrightly refuse to join the circus, and second, if they do, they rarely get elected.

Why is that so? Because there are more unfits and crooks walking the face of the Earth, and electing one of their own kind paves the way for themselves or for their ilk.

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Take the case of a Harvard Medical School graduate, who went around attending to the needs of the sickly and elderly in the barrios, an unassuming young man dedicated to his Hippocratic Oath.

Prodded by barrio folks he had helped over the years to seek public office, in fact the provincial governorship, he throws his hat into the ring.

Alas for the good guy, he gets clobbered by Mark Lapid.

And that seems to be the case right now in the City of Baguio.

How so? The polls show that the city is about to plunge from the frying pan into the fire. Hopefully, he will suffer a Binay.

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Time truly flies. Seems like only yesterday when we were lighting up the sky with fireworks, singing Auld Lang Syne while holding a glass of wine or a bottle of beer in our hand, the other holding a mike.

And now we are on the “penultimate” month, or the second to the last month of the year.

This November, not only is it Ninoy Aquino’s birth month, Nov. 17 will also mark the birthday of the late Salvador “Doy” Laurel, vice president under Cory Aquino.

To celebrate his 8? birthday, a concert will be held at the Fort on Nov. 18, featuring son Cocoy Laurel, Leah Salonga, Kuh Ledesma, and other big names in the music industry.

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Doy’s widow, Celia, is still alive and healthy but bad knees prevent her from dancing and moving around too much.

While Doy was not known as an intellectual giant, his emotional quotient or E.Q. puts him a notch ahead of many politicians, including the great Juan Ponce Enrile.

Doy attracted people, while Johnny, strangely, drives them away.

Let me be quick to add that either one could have been a great president – better than Cory, Erap, and all the rest – except Marcos.

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Will the great Mauricio Domogan suffer his first political defeat? Yes, says Nicasio Aliping, and ironically at my hands.

Mark Go shrugs off Aliping’s claim, and although he too senses that Domogan’s political life is coming to an end, Go says that since he beat Aliping once before, he says the same thing will happen.

About 87,000 high school graduates took the UP entrance exams this school year.

Only probably 7,000 will pass. But here’s the rub. The admission fee is P2,800. That means an income for the state university of P87,000,000 times two.

Elitista na rin ang Peyups. Palagay ko, kaunti na lang ang komunista.

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What’s this we hear that Matt Luspian’s luck has turned for the better?

No Mayor Vic Palangdan to beckon, only Nestor Fongwan, but reportedly undergoing medical treatment.

My cousin Pura should have come home, and she stands a chance against the two.

Only 50 more days ‘til my 77th birthday. At my age, the only thing that remains still is what I point during cockfight derbies.

If November is here, can Christmas be far behind?

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