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SUNDAY EDITION OF THE SUNSTAR WESTERN VISAYAS NETWORK OF NEWSPAPERS

MAY 13/ 01

 

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CONTENTS

TRAVEL

Tracing the Santactruzan's Roots
You may argue that the Philippines has no marked season like spring for flowers to bloom. More flowers seem to appear in May, nevertheless.
FULL STORY

Get to Know Western Visayas
During the Spanish times, when a mother wanted her children to stop crying at night, she usually threatened them with the "quintos."
FULL STORY

If you are a foreigner ... As history shows, foreigners have generally not come to the Philippines with friendly intentions. In spite of this, every visitor is heartily welcomed; the Filipinos are sociable and tolerant, and their natural openness charms many visitors. FULL STORY

ENVIRONMENT

Protecting Aklan's coastal ecosystems
Siltation and sedimentation triggered by upland deforestation pose another threat to Aklan's coastal ecosystems.
FULL STORY

REAL LIFE ISSUES

We need Mary today
MAY is closely associated with our Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Tradition, now so complicated to trace, has forged it that way. And we are happy about it.
FULL STORY

Again, on Lawyers
They are the defenders of truth and justice. Yep, yep, lawyers have to be truthful, to act noble and be fearless.
FULL STORY

The poor must protest against their exploiters
The poor is the fair hope of unscrupulous politicians. Just by giving them a few pesos or a kilo of rice they spontaneously go out to demonstrate. In return they would say we will die for our idol. When they are caught or die they are abandoned.
FULL STORY

VOICE OF THE NEW GENERATION

It's a jungle out there
Ants are one of the few insects I know of that live in colonies. They have a caste system too.
FULL STORY

Responsible Communication
How ironic is that media practitioners claim they are sources of true information, that they are most reliable institute of learning; when they allow themselves to be influenced by too much commercialism, consumerism, and materialism.
FULL STORY

The tie that binds
Have you ever thought of why friends stick together through thick and thin and through the years?
FULL STORY

LEGAL STORY

Cain and Abel
Our new legal series dwell on the case of a man who murdered his own brother. The incident took place in Lambunao, Iloilo yet the names of the persons were changed to protect their identities as well as of their family.
FULL STORY

   

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VOICE OF THE NEW GENERATION

It's a Jungle Out There

By Aurelio Lopez III

Ants are one of the few insects I know of that live in colonies. They have a caste system too. Harvesters, carpenters, soldiers, and the queen. I wonder if ants are ever up for promotion. You'd see an ant arguing with another ant behind a desk, " Look, I've been carrying grain for you bozos for years now. Who's in charge here? I want to know when I get to be a soldier."

Ever notice that ants walk together in a line? Where are they going? What's their hurry? I guess someone told them about the new nightclub in town. That's why ants coming from the opposite direction keep running into other ants. They're whispering, "Man, that place was hot! If you hurry, you might still get a seat."

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And then there's the male dung beetle that literally collects bits and pieces of turd. It's true! Saw it on the Discovery Channel. What it does is collect the dung and roll it into a ball. The largest dung beetle may grow to be only a few centimeters long but may form balls of manure the size of apples. (That's a lot of crap for a little bug.)

And do you know what the "dungball" is for? It's for the female dung beetle. I guess the guy beetle with the most dung gets to go out on a date with her.

That's why I wouldn't want to be a dung beetle. I'd be too indiscrete.

"Hey, Ross, where ya goin'? Comfort room? Here, take this plastic bag with you. I'm trying to get a date with Cindy."

Wouldn't it be cool if we could be like some animals though?

Take the earthworm for example. Did you know that earthworms have five hearts? It's true. I read it in a zoology book. Can you imagine having five hearts?

"I'm sorry, Tina, but my hearts belong to Nancy, Miriam, Audree, Liza, and Rachel. No one else."

Then we could start endorsing pork, potato chips, and animal lard.

"Hey, boys and girls! I've had two heart attacks, but I'm still as healthy as... an earthworm!"

And what about cockroaches? Those suckers will eat just about anything! We wouldn't have to worry about starvation and global hunger. And we'd have the perfect excuse when the teacher asks for our assignments.

"My brother ate it."


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