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Bibliographic ghosts

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Jose E. Marco’s forgeries are fascinating because they feed on our continuing search for a nation and a Filipino identity.

Posted: December 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Rizal report cards

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When I am asked how to make history interesting, my standard reply is that history, as an academic subject, is naturally engaging, and if you think or feel otherwise, that simply means you probably had a bad teacher.

Posted: December 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Cedulario de Manila’

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People who patiently read through the long list of titles of the recently departed Duchess of Alba in my column last Wednesday have an idea of the long-winded system of multiple surnames and double surnames that survived in the Philippines from the Spanish period. This still leads to some confusion, as in people with surnames like Ponce Enrile or Ponce de Leon. When we alphabetize, do we use Ponce or Enrile? When we shorten and only use one surname, do we use Ponce or De Leon?

Posted: December 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The Duchess of Alba

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I’m sure the Spanish edition of Hola would devote many pages to the life, death and funeral of the 18th Duchess of Alba, who passed away last Nov. 20 at the age of 88 and is survived by her third husband and half a dozen children.

Posted: December 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What’s in a Katipunan name?

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Young historians are lucky to have a handful of compilations of primary-source material in English translation available for preliminary reading, but they will need to dig up the rest that remain in archives in the Philippines and Spain. The big challenge that faces many beginning historians is that they are separated from the past because of language. For example, a five-volume compilation of newspaper reports on the revolution from the Spanish press is available in print, but if the researcher is not armed with at least a reading competence of Spanish, these sources remain closed to him/her.

Posted: November 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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