The new peso bank notes
HAVE BAT WILL STRIKE - Juanito V. Jabat   () - January 25, 2012 - 12:00am

Do you believe in feng shui? I heard someone say on radio that millions of people around the world do. I don’t know about Sir PNoy.

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If there is truth in feng shui, then CJ Renato Corona can start sleeping soundly tonight. A well-known feng shui practitioner, Andy Tan, foresees the acquittal of the beleaguered CJ and that the impeachment case would wither in the vine.

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Eastman Kodak, the maker of Kodak cameras and other Kodak photo products has filed for bankruptcy. Meaning Kodak will soon be gone?

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Maybe. But not that fast. In Cebu, where Kodak has been a byword for years, Kodak will always — maybe forever — be a part of the Cebuano life.

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Kodak has been part of the Cebuano language for generations. To the Cebuano Kodak means camera, any camera. A photographer in Cebuano is “Kodaker” or “mangungudak.” And the act of being photographed is “nagpakodak.” Or “gikodakan.”

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Photography has become high-tech. Cameras have gone digital. But Kodak is still heard among photography enthusiasts, especially the amateurs. Listen to this: “Bilib ko sa iyang bag-ong Kodak uy, Canon man.” Even the educated, like Sir Henry L., a college instructor, was heard saying: “Ang giprenda nga kodak latest model nga Pentax.”

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E-mail from Leonides Ang: “Why can’t the Sinulog Foundation use some of its donated money to buy a steel safe? Hard-earned money should not be kept in a wooden drawer (as reported in media). Just a suggestion.”

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Mr. Ang said in a separate e-mail that he has observed that the new peso banknotes are “somewhat thicker and crispier” than the old peso bills. But he says: I’m not sold on the design and color of the new peso bills.” Again he says: “Just my opinion.”

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