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Louie Montemar

Inspired by the 1960s science fiction classic TV series. Star Trek that popularized the notion of "warp drive technology" -the theoretically fastest speed that an intergalactic traveler could go, this E-zine column tackles the various aspects of Philippine reality in a constantly changing world -a world replete with hope, but scarred by a lot of aberrations. And aberations here are predisposed to refer to products of the human mind.

Ang Mamatay ng Dahil Sa(bah)?

  • Monday, 18 March 2013 06:06

We have people that we know or truly care for at the local geographic community level, in the places where we reside.  Perhaps, for some of these privileged few, you would be more than ready to offer your life if need be.  But how about to the over 90 million more “others” out there who — whether they really like it or not — are labelled as “Filipinos”?

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Battling Miseducation

  • Friday, 08 March 2013 03:23

The Secretary of Education himself has underscored that local governments could enact ordinances that would compel teachers to use indigenous knowledge and culture when they teach science, math and other subjects, in order to correct the miseducation suffered by his generation.

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Battling Miseducation

  • Sunday, 10 February 2013 12:59

The Secretary of Education himself has underscored that local governments could enact ordinances that would compel teachers to use indigenous knowledge and culture when they teach science, math and other subjects, in order to correct the miseducation suffered by his generation.

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Resonance, Epalicious, and the DSWD

  • Wednesday, 06 February 2013 07:12

Since the program began around 2008, the DSWD has in fact delisted about 50,000 beneficiaries from the program to clean its list and ensure that the only the truly needy are included as beneficiaries.

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Gamification

  • Monday, 14 January 2013 05:25

Internet sources say that the earliest usage of the word could be traced back to 2004 and it only became a buzzword of sorts in 2010, perhaps with the rising popularity of computer apps especially for mobile and other handheld gadgets.

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A Meaning Driven Life?

  • Wednesday, 02 January 2013 02:40

My already long list of topics for possible research has just gotten longer. If ever I’d have a New Year’s resolution, it would be about making this list shorter and finding the time to do more focused social research work. But yes, the fisheries sector and closely related issues should be among my top concerns.

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“AKAY”

  • Friday, 14 December 2012 01:58

AKAY is a supplemental service provision project that could impact positively on the quality of education that Palma students are currently receiving. The community service component of this action research project is to offer weekly tutorials, enrichment activities, and supplemental or “alternative” education service for identified “children-at-risk” (slow learners, non-readers, children with special needs, urban poor children, and abused children) in Palma, especially those at the primary level. Teacher training is also being supported.

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For the Disappeared

  • Saturday, 08 December 2012 17:23

But not so many know of these Nine Mortal Men — and no, I am not talking of Tolkien’s Nine Men-turned-Wraiths-by-their-Rings in the high fiction that is the Lord of the Rings.  I am referring to nine mortals who, in 1948, propounded an apparently ‘immortal’ idea.  The nine are: Dr. Charles Malik (Lebanon), Alexandre Bogomolov (USSR), Dr. Peng-chun Chang (China), René Cassin (France), Eleanor Roosevelt (US), Charles Dukes (United Kingdom), William Hodgson (Australia), Hernan Santa Cruz (Chile), and John P. Humphrey (Canada).

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Dealing with Difficult Leaders

  • Monday, 26 November 2012 03:20


The discussion is part of a training seminar organized by De La Salle University’s Jesse Robredo Institute of Governance (JRIG) for representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs) from various parts of the country on “Budget Work for Civil Society.” We had to tackle the problem of “How to deal with ‘challenging’ local leaders and bureaucrats.” Needless to say, the CSO representatives expected to learn something from each other and from me, as lecturer and lead discussant.

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