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What makes a hero?

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THE A-TEAM recently won a gold medal at the World Hip Hop International in Las Vegas, Nevada.  JOHN SALANGSANG/FACEBOOK PHOTO

“I have asked myself many times: Is the Filipino worth suffering, or even dying, for? Is he not a coward who would readily yield to any colonizer, be he foreign or homegrown? Is a Filipino more comfortable under an authoritarian leader because he does not want to be burdened with the freedom of choice? Is he unprepared, or worse, ill-suited for presidential or parliamentary democracy?

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Princess Jasmine: Goodbye, Genie

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PRINCESS Jasmine gives the Genie a kiss in this scene from “Aladdin.” The privilege of saying I was in a movie with Robin Williams will forever be a highlight of my life.

On Tuesday, Aug. 12, my news feeds on Facebook and Twitter were flooded with news of Robin Williams’ passing. Although I always felt great sadness upon hearing of any show biz denizen’s death, this one felt as if a really close, personal friend had died.

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It’s not just about talent

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LYCA learned her songs for the competition by  sheer will and with an ultra-absorbent brain. RODEL ROTONI

It’s been over a week since “The Voice: Kids” grand finale and there is much protesting, passionate arguments, online statuses and tweets cropping up everywhere.

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We have our winner

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LYCA ended with an Aegis number, strutting in front of the group like it was her own concert.  RODEL ROTONI

“Lyca will win it. No doubt.”

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And then there were four

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TOP FOUR finalists (clockwise, from top, left) Darlene Vibares, Darren Espanto, Lyca Gairanod and Juan Karlos Labajo.  THE VOICE FACEBOOK PHOTOS

We’re down to the final weekend of “The Voice Kids” and four young artists—Darren Espanto and Lyca Gairanod from Team Sarah, Juan Karlos Labajo from Team Bamboo, Darlene Vibares from Team Lea—have their eyes on the title.

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