Kissing my first love again

(Editor's note: LHYN PHYDES, the contributor, used to work in Malacañang Palace. Her current office is her kitchen... and she is the head of it. You, too, can have your articles published here. Send them through e-mail to

... I jumped and hopped and skipped to different jobs. Until I landed in a pit where I felt I fitted. I became one of the writers of a prominent (if not the most) person in the land. And writing paragraphs on Her behalf was such a big honor and pleasure. I loved my last job and that's where I felt contentment. But again, I left it to fulfill my other dream - to build my own family ...


The famous 'square root of three (3)' poem

Editor's note: Who says that Mathematics is cold and boring? Here's one proof that this subject many students hate could be a theme of a lovely and creative piece of art. This came from the movie "Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay."

I'M SURE THAT I will always be
A lonely number like root three

The three is all that’s good and right,
Why must my three keep out of sight
Beneath the vicious square root sign,
I wish instead I were a nine ...


What is editing?

“EDITING DEMANDS JUDGMENT, imagination, dedication, and some creativity—all qualities derived from experience rather than principles and formulas.
          “The editor decides what shall and what shall not go into his publication on the basis of what he conceives to be the publication’s mission and philosophy.
           “The most useful man on the newspaper is one who can edit ...


Ambiguity and Vagueness

AMBIGUITY IS THE QUALITY of having more than one meaning or being open to more than one interpretation.  A state of being uncertain or unclear, it specifically occurs when there are definite interpretations, but as to which interpretation is meant is unclear. In most writing and speaking, ambiguity poses a problem as it can lead to the misinterpretation of the intended message.

With the possible exception of scientific terms, almost every word in a natural language has more than one use. When a term has acquired too many uses that it becomes very difficult to determine the meaning, then the term has become ambiguous ...


Journalism 101: Omit Verbal Deadwood


“EFFECTIVE WRITING IS CONCISE. Cut out the unnecessary words. Every word should tell. There is no reason to call a spade ‘a long handled instrument for turning earth in the garden.’

“Here are some examples of verbal deadwood drawn from Asian newspapers and inter-office memoranda ...



(Editor's note: This is the second contribution to of University of the Philippines' MARK ANTHONY ASINAS. You, too, can have your articles published here. Send them through e-mail to

... Before entering college, I wasn't really sure of everything, and I mean EVERYTHING! It seemed that the element of surprise was so much into me, chasing me like the shadows in my past that I didn't want to uncover again. It was dark, I was missing something, and it was really hard in my part-- I guess, my life was as dull as it is without having dreams, plans, and the will to accomplish something that my heart and my personality have long sought to be with as a comfort zone. I realized, "Maybe, this wasn't for me after all..."



WHENEVER THE MONTH OF JUNE comes, we Filipinos celebrate the Philippine Independence Day. Amid the events surrounding this memorable occasion, have we asked ourselves what really is the so-called Philippine Independence?


Journalism 101: Editing Checklist and 5 Proofreading Tips

1. Does my punctuation follow conventional usage?
2. Should I check the spelling of any of my words?
3. Does every verb agree with its subject, especially in sentences where subjects and verbs are widely separated?
4. Are the tenses of my verbs consistent with the way I want to use them?
5. Does every pronoun (particularly it, this, they, he, she) clearly refer to a noun or another pronoun?


Does our existence have meaning without God?

... As admitted by a well-known atheist French philosopher Jean Paul Sartre, atheism necessarily implies that “All existing things are born for no reason, continue through weakness and die by accident… It is meaningless that we are born; it is meaningless that we die” ...


Reconciling God and Sufferings

... whereas other religions such as Eastern traditions typically put sorrow, pain, and suffering in the category of illusion—that “evil and suffering are real only as long as the ego believes them to be real” and that “they will fade away as one gains enlightenment about the illusory nature of the phenomenal world,” Christianity, on the other hand, bluntly confronts these profound issues from the very first pages of Genesis ...



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