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Academics restock Mosul’s barren bookshelves

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE May 19, 2019 MOSUL, Iraq: Watheq Mahmud is pursuing an advanced engineering degree but the textbooks he needs are often missing in his native Mosul, the Iraqi city where jihadists burned volumes and destroyed libraries. To track down the books, he has had to travel 400 kilometers …

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Oates: Haunted by denial of Jewish roots

By ASSOCIATED PRESS May 19, 2019 Joyce Carol Oates poses for a photo in Jerusalem on May 12, 2019. (AP Photo) By Isabel Debre JERUSALEM: American author Joyce Carol Oates says her family’s denial of its Jewish roots haunted her for decades and has shaped her into the famously prolific …

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The Marian titles and their symbolic articles

By The Manila Times May 19, 2019 Each character alludes to a title of the Blessed Mother, found in the Litany of Loreto, or to a figure associated with her or her attributes. 1. Reyna Abogada (Queen Advocate/Lawyer). Defender of the poor and the oppressed, wearing graduation gown and black …

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Traditional and biblical assembly of Santacruzan

By The Manila Times May 19, 2019 The original practice of Santacruzan in the Philippines as taught by the Spanish saw Biblical characters in procession as follows. 1. Matusalem (Methuselah). A bearded man and bent with age, depicted as riding a cart and looking preoccupied with toasting grains of sand …

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Flores de Mayo in the new millennium

By ARLO CUSTODIO May 19, 2019 In the Philippines, devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary reaches its crescendo in May with the month-long celebration of Flores de Mayo. Literally meaning “flowers of May” in Spanish, the country’s “festival of all festivals” traces its beginnings just after the proclamation of the …

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FUTURE PERFECT

By The Manila Times May 17, 2019 Boardroom Watch, our every Friday conversation with the captains of Philippine industry and commerce, turns two today. And we celebrate with our eye on the future and its possibilities. ■ keep in view —Business Leaders to Watch Out For was launched when The …

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Guiding light

By The Manila Times May 17, 2019 Cheeny King Chief Operating Officer Legend Hotels International Corporation She always wanted to be a guidance counsellor, and in some serendipitous way, the Chief Operating Officer of Legends Hotels International Corporation has. Overseeing 400 of the group’s employees, she unconsciously returns to her …

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Money maker

By The Manila Times May 17, 2019 Catherine Anne P. Bautista-Casas Head of Blockchain and FinTech Business Development UnionBank Being in the right time and place led the banker to the top spot of her institution’s bright technological advances. In the future, expect her to be more involved in people …

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The keeper

By The Manila Times May 17, 2019 Howard Sy Founder and President StorageMart The scion of one of the Philippines’ most formidable business empires has ventured to create his own “SM,” blazing a trail in the burgeoning self-storage industry. His late grandfather, the iconic Henry Sy, Sr. must now be …

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Earthmover

By The Manila Times May 17, 2019 Franco Soberano Executive Vice President and COO Cebu Landmasters With a lola, who was a big-time broker and a father, who set up Cebu Landmaasters, the company COO undeniably has the industry DNA flowing through his veins. For him, the relationship with clients …

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