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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, December 5, 2017
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Remembering Max Soliven

Ninfa Leonardia By the skin of their teeth. That was how the Ateneo Blue Eagles managed to grab the UAAP championship Sunday when they managed a teetering 88-86 in the final game against their old nemesis, the Green Archers of La Salle. But it was also the sweetest victory that took five years to come to them. The game held at the Araneta Coliseum, reportedly drew more than 20,000 cheering partisans, to say nothing of thousands more watching on TV that crucial day. It was indeed, a wonderful day for the Eagles, because the Archers failed to hit them.

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In Great Britain, meanwhile, people are reported to be ecstatic over the coming wedding of their Prince Harry (real name Henry), to an American TV actress, who looks rather Asian because of her mixed African-American parentage. Obviously, however, the Britons are not as stuffy and picky over who their royals choose to marry, because it has been reported that everywhere Harry and his fiancée, Meghan Markle, went, they were applauded by crowds who rushed out to see the bride-to-be in person. So far, I also have not read or heard any comments about the mixed blood of Ms. Markle and the possibility that she may bear a dark-skinned baby. The British are more broadminded now, it seems.

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Remember that report about a convicted war criminal from Bosnia who, upon hearing the court decision affirming his 20-year sentence for war crimes, cried out that he rejected it and forthwith swallowed a substance that turned out to be potassium cyanide. The court was able to send him to a hospital but the latest news is that he did die of the draught. He probably could not stand the thought that he would be in prison for 20 years. And he never thought it would come to that when he was in power.

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Intrigues, intrigues. Seems they also take place during beauty contests. The talk going on is that our candidate, Rachel Peters, did not make it to the top five because Miss Universe 2016 Pia Wurtzbach, from the Philippines, who was one of the Miss U contest judges, did not vote for her. It must have been quite a difficult decision for Wurtzbach, being a countrywoman of Miss Peters. Was the voting among judges some sort of viva voce, by the way? If so, then we can't blame Wurtzbach for being prudent. I wonder, however, why she was chosen to judge when she had a countrywoman among the bets.

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The famous replica and image of the Santo Nino of Cebu has been installed at the Bacolod Government Center since yesterday at 9:30 a.m. and a holy Mass was celebrated before it at 12:15 p.m. also yesterday. Last night queues of devotees were able to approach and touch the Holy Image that is a replica of the very first one brought to the country by the Spanish colonizers. Those who would like to take part in the vigils being held at the Government Center may still do so as Bacolod is along the Pilgrimage sites of the Sacred Image.

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Meanwhile, the whole country is watching avidly the moves for the impeachment of the first and youngest woman to hold the position of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. From her reactions, however, Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno sounds very confident that she can prove her accusers wrong. The most anticipated, at first, was the testimony of a member of the High Court, Justice Teresita Castro, who seemed eager to testify. However some comments on her testimony were that she was motivated by personal reasons in bashing Sereno.

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Those who commented claimed that her statements were motivated by her frustration at not being the one appointed as chief justice, being more senior than Sereno. Now, that's a serious thing to say about a justice of the Highest court, but these statements did come out in the media. Now it is for Castro to prove that her accusations are backed by facts, or people may begin to doubt the veracity of the statements, and even the decisions of such official.

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I read in the column of his daughter that they celebrated the 11 th anniversary of the death of her father recently. She was referring to the late much admired and noted author of “By the Way”, probably the most widely read and believed in, not only by Philippine readers, but even by his admirers abroad. I remember Max Soliven with sadness, because he was one of my inspirations when we were starting the DAILTY STAR. He was always open to my requests for advice and never rejected my invitations for him to come and speak at our seminars in the press club. Whenever I called, he would just say, “Just send me a ticket”, but I would tell him to just buy one to be refunded here, and the first thing he would greet me at the airport was “Don't forget my refund, remember you are talking to an Ilocano”. I still miss him very much, and, I am sure, so do all his readers, friends and fans. What a loss for Philippine media!*

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