MANILA - While “some” might wish for variety, the United States remains the Philippines’ true friend and natural ally, the country’s top diplomat said Wednesday . “Some of us may wish for variety, but we know, history shows it, there can be only one true friendship,” Foreign Affairs Sec. Teodoro Locsin Jr. said in a speech during US Independence Day celebrations in Makati City. Manila and Washington like freedom and hate subservience to other countries, he said, making them view each other as images of one another. Locsin’s statements come amid conflicting views from PHilippine government officials regarding US economic rival and fellow superpower China. He also reiterated that the US is the Philippines’ “natural ally,” as it is “too far to get into one's hair yet with the reach long enough to deliver us from the military power of all other states.” US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, meanwhile spoke of the … [Read more...] about Locsin: US remains Philippines’ ‘true friend, natural ally’
The true friends
(The Philippine Star) - May 16, 2019 - 12:00am Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. – Genesis 14:18 Poet Samuel Foss wrote, “Let me live by the side of the road and be a friend to man” (“The House by the Side of the Road”). That’s what I want to be — a friend of people. I want to stand by the way, waiting for weary travelers. To look for those who have been battered and wronged by others, who carry the burden of a wounded and disillusioned heart. To nourish and refresh them with an encouraging word and send them on their way. I may not be able to “fix” them or their problems, but I can leave them with a blessing. Melchizedek, both the king of Salem and a priest, blessed Abram when he was returning weary from battle (Gen. 14). A “blessing” is more than a polite response to a sneeze. We bless others when we bring them to the One who is the source of … [Read more...] about Being a true friend
BAKU, Azerbaijan: Another race weekend, another missed opportunity for Ferrari a week ago. This one may not have been the open goal missed in Bahrain, but on pure pace Ferrari had the potential to win in Baku and once again it came up short.A series of interwoven errors, mainly on Saturday last week, were to blame, but make no mistake, Ferrari threw away an opportunity to peg Mercedes back and with it the gaps in both championships are widening at an alarming rate.Rewind to the hour before qualifying on Saturday and you would have been hard pressed to find anyone in the paddock willing to bet on a fourth Mercedes one-two victory on Sunday. Ferrari had dominated practice, was still enjoying the power advantage it has held all season and was getting its tyres in the right operating window. Mercedes, meanwhile, looked lost.In final practice Valtteri Bottas had been 1.5s off the pace of Charles Leclerc and slower than the Red Bull of Max Verstappen. Setup changes made after … [Read more...] about The small mistakes at Ferrari that are having big consequences
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?
The fake, the good, and the beautiful As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve taken to collecting a bit of Philippine midcentury art over the past few years. You won’t see any Amorsolos, Kiukoks, Botongs, or Ocampos on our walls, because I simply don’t have the kind of loose change you need to bring home even one of those dazzlers. But I take pride in having put together a small but decent gathering of works mainly by Amorsolo’s students and juniors — typically pastorals by such gifted painters as Gabriel Custodio and Elias Laxa, depictions of a lost landscape that relax me and remind me of a time when — to use a phrase brazenly stolen by its opposite — the true, the good, and the beautiful prevailed. Someone I know had the unfortunate and rather embarrassing experience of trying to help a friend dispose of some masters’ paintings — excellent examples of their kind that the friend had bought years earlier … [Read more...] about The fake, the good, and the beautiful