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MANILA - West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) and the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) honored 14 water champions who have made a difference in the area of water access and environmental sustainability at the World Water Day (WWD) Awards 2017, held at the Quezon City Sports Club recently.

Now on its third year, the WWD Awards recognizes individuals and institutions from the academe, government and non-government agencies, and the private sector. The annual award-giving event served as the culminating activity of the World Water Day celebration in the Philippines from March 15 to 24.

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“Money cannot buy peace of mind. It cannot heal ruptured relationships, or build meaning into a life that has none.” 

--RICHARD M. DEVOS

By Alex P. Vidal

NEW YORK CITY -- When there is no food on the table, there is no peace of mind. 

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“There is nothing that will cure the senses but the soul, and nothing that will cure the soul but the senses.”  -- OSCAR WILDE

By Alex P. Vidal

NEW JERSEY -- From Willis Harman's Global Mind Change, the promise of the 21st century, we learned that there is a set of 10 premises, which, if encountered in a textbook a few decades ago, would hardly have aroused a question.

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When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.” -- Tecumseh

By Alex P. Vidal

NEW YORK CITY -- We commemorate Graciano Lopez Jaena’s 160th birth anniversary on December 18, 2016.

The reason why Ilonggos are so proud and probably the most-inspired journalists in the Philippines in this generation is because of fellow Ilonggo Lopez Jaena.

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"Some people are born mediocre, some people achieve mediocrity, and some people have mediocrity thrust upon them." 

--Joseph Heller

By Alex P. Vidal

NEW YORK CITY -- If he did not quarrel with a fellow spoiled brat, many Filipinos wouldn't know that Senator Juan Miguel "Migz" Zubiri is a "former world champion in arnis."

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"I'm never gonna dance again guilty feet have got no rhythm though it's easy to pretend I know your not a fool." -- WHAM! in "Careless Whisper."

By Alex P. Vidal

NEW JERSEY -- In the past Christmases, George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou) "gave us his heart." 

We didn't give it away. 

But last Christmas 2016, the reclusive British pop icon who once pricked his fans to "wake him up before you go-go", decided to "go-go" for good without waking us up.

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"Federalism should be able to maintain unity among all. But this does not mean that we should boycott regional voices and the voices of ethnic groups." -- Khil Raj Regmi

By Alex P. Vidal

NEW JERSEY -- We were not surprised to learn that President Rudy Duterte admired Iloilo Governor Art Defensor as mentioned in a Philippine regional newspaper recently.

In 2015 when Duterte visited Defensor in the Iloilo Capitol, the future Philippine president sent former Cotabato governor and now agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol as his advance party.

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"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog." -- Mark Twain

By Alex P. Vidal

NEW YORK CITY -- As long as Monico "Nyok" Puentevella and Evelio "Bing" Leonardia are active in Bacolod City politics, the City of Smile can never have a political peace of mind.

The two archenemies are Bacolod's version of Cromwell vs Charles I, Stalin vs Trotsky, Pompey vs Caesar, and Pizarro vs Atahualpa. 

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"If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law" -- WINSTON CHURCHILL

By Alex P. Vidal

NEW JERSEY -- I find the call of Philippine House Speaker Pantaleon "Bebot" Alvarez to investigate the alleged plot by former US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg to oust President Rodrigo Duterte not only funny but OA (over acting).

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