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A tale of two Priscillas: my mother Prissy and Chona Recto Kasten


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PRISSY and Chona with National Artist Ramon Valera

I was asked recently whether I believe in God, and my emphatic answer was yes, because in my heart of hearts I have accepted that everything that exists in the universe, visible or not, is God. All religions accept that God is everywhere and, therefore, to my mind, everywhere is God.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Summer treat for your aspiring astronomers

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THE STARGAZING event at Pico de Loro. JILL LEJANO

As young as 5 years old, Rogel Mari Sese knew he wanted to be an astronomer. It was a book from his scientist parents (his mom is a molecular biologist and his father is into chemistry and science communications) that started his love affair with space. “One of the very first books I had was about astronomy and space flight.”

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Parenting,Photos & Videos | Read More »

James Rollins’ science soldiers

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The modern world is in danger. Armed groups plan attacks. Nature unleashes disasters. How does one deal with these problems all at once? James Rollins has the answer—Sigma Force, and you can brief yourself using their latest operation, “The Eye of God: A Sigma Force Novel” (William Morrow, New York, 2013, 410 pages).

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Fat-melting procedure best for the slightly overweight

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Trimming down the fat around the midsection has become today’s Holy Grail. If diets, gym workouts and studio-based exercises don’t work, and liposuction, which involves surgically siphoning the fat out of the body, is too daunting, there’s a plethora of noninvasive technologies that can produce results.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

Distinguishing astral projection from sleep paralysis


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I recently received inquiries about two separate but related subjects. One is from Nicole, a second year Psychology student who has been experiencing “astral projection.” The other is from Rafael, who has been experiencing what he terms “sleep paralysis” and seeing a figure of a woman covered with a white sheet decorated with black roses while in that state of paralysis.

Posted: March 4th, 2014 in Columns,Health and Wellness,Mind and Body | Read More »

For new study, 100 people commit their bodies to science

Leroy Hood, president of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, poses for a photo at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, where he described his pilot study on 100 people that aims to track the health of 100,000 people over three decades in order to devise personalized wellness interventions, in Chicago on February 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Kerry SHERIDAN

One hundred people are about to share their live bodies for science as part of an unprecedented new study that will examine how to improve personal health, researchers said Friday.

Posted: February 15th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

For new study, 100 people commit their bodies to science

One hundred people are about to share their live bodies for science as part of an unprecedented new study that will examine how to improve personal health, researchers said Friday.

Posted: February 15th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

‘RoboCop’ remake closer to reality

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SCENES from “RoboCop”

In 2028 Detroit, after a cop was maimed and mangled in a line of duty, a multinational conglomerate called OmniCorp sees an opportunity to test their prototype on the victim to turn him into part-man, part-robot crime-fighter.

Posted: February 2nd, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Rice institute in Los Baños to hold Manansala Day

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MURAL at International Rice Research Institute cafeteria

For over 50 years, staff and guests of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) have had the pleasure of dining in the presence of two brilliant masterpieces by National Artist Vicente Manansala.

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Caffeine stirs memory – study

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A jolt of caffeine can boost memory, according to a study published Sunday that provides a scientific motive for students slurping coffee, tea or energy drinks when cramming for exams.

Posted: January 13th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Science must go beyond science


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All throughout this year and in previous ones, this column has discussed a wide variety of topics that are outside the scope of conventional science and orthodox religion.

Posted: December 30th, 2013 in Columns,Health and Wellness | Read More »

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