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My Back Pages Adventures in the Rag Trade


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TO write “30” in the journalism racket is to end the story. Old-school news reporters used to end their dispatches by typing three X’s: “30” being the Arabic equivalent of the Roman number XXX. Since it’s one keystroke less, reporters started the practice of typing “30” to signify the end.

Posted: December 7th, 2014 in Columns,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Is it Real or Just a Hoax?

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WHEN 20-year-old Ben D. encountered his first bomb threat while taking the entrance exam for law, he expected the whole ordeal to include explosions and lots of action.

Posted: December 7th, 2014 in Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

An Excerpt from ‘The Zombie on Cuenca Street’

“MA’AM, how do you know it’s a zombie?” the officer- in-charge asked her, when she rang up the homeowners’ association, and Ayen was frankly stumped. So she shouted at him, which obviously is not the brightest thing for anyone to do when hoping for prompt service.

Posted: December 7th, 2014 in Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

AKA Mojofly’s Drummer

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CARVING OUT HIS OWN NICHE: Alejandro describes arts and music as parallel interests (PDI Photo/Arnold Almacen)

AS FAR AS celebrity heritage goes, it can’t be easy living in the shadow of a former beauty queen and a pop icon. But Angelo Alihaj Diaz Alejandro, or Ali, seems to take it all in stride. Born to the original “Kilabot ng Kolehiyala,” Hajji Alejandro, and the late beauty queen-turned-politician Rio Diaz, Ali was […]

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The Webb Family’s Sticky Business

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THE BALLIN’ WEBBS: Freddie, Jason and Joshua.

TOTOO naman ’yun (It’s true),” deadpans Freddie Webb when told that he was undisputably better at basketball than his progenies—grandson Joshua and son Jason who have similarly excelled at the sport that first made the 72-year-old Webb patriarch a household name in the 1970s. No, he amends. “I’m just kidding.” The comparison is inevitable, now […]

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