19 February 2017

How Selected Batangas Government Agencies Fared in the 2016 Anti-Red Tape Survey

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Three municipalities, one barangay and four municipal water districts were rated “Failed” in the 2016 results of an anti-red tape survey released by the Civil Service Commission (CSC). The CSC is the lead agency in the implementation of the 2007 Republic Act No. 9485, also known as “An Act to Improve Efficiency in the Delivery of Government Service to the Public by Reducing Bureaucratic Red Tape, Preventing Graft and Corruption, and Providing Penalties Thereof.1

16 February 2017

Revisiting the Batangueño Accent in ABS-CBN’s “A Love to Last” Series

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I had heard of the phony Batangueño accent used in the ABS-CBN series “A Love to Last” from a friend soon after it premiered on primetime; but last Friday was the first time I got a glimpse while channel-hopping of what he was talking about. He was right. The use by some of the series’ characters of the famous “punto” or accent is as phony as a three dollar bill.

13 February 2017

Comparative Rankings of Batangas Colleges and Universities Based on Recent Board Exams

Colleges and universities in the Province of Batangas continue to do well in national licensure examinations almost a year after Life So Mundane first published an article detailing the academic achievements of these schools. This is according to data made publicly available by FindUniversity.ph, which describes itself as “a directory of academic programs offered by colleges and universities in the Philippines.”

11 February 2017

Bolang Bilog and the Genetics of Baldness

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Back in the day, irreverent as my mother could be, she used to entertain the entire family with tales of how she fell, as she put it, for the “matandang kalbo” (bald old man) – meaning my father. My mother was only six years younger than my father, so there. Like I said, irreverent.

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