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Requiem for the symbol

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Five years ago, there was an impassioned outburst of national emotions. Cory Aquino had just died on Aug. 1. Requiem Masses were held throughout the country. Flags were flown at half-staff. Erstwhile foes praised her as the “mother of the nation,” a “national treasure.”

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What to Aquino was Nora Aunor’s faux pas

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If the previous president made inclusions, this one made an exclusion. Is he allowed within the law that created the National Artist award to do so? Legal eagles say he is. There does not seem to be any problem on that so far, unless another interpretation arises. Which remains a distinct possibility.

Posted: June 30th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Pockets of peace

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They are as newsworthy as the Bangsamoro framework agreement, but unlikely to make headline news. That’s because the participants are no political stalwarts but ordinary Mindanao folks. And even if they are given the hype, the skeptics will be there thinking that the goal of these undertakings is simply impossible.

Posted: June 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Making museums matter

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Any talk of museums brings to mind the most familiar brand names in the Philippine museum world. The “capital city syndrome” easily narrows down our knowledge of museums to only those that are in Manila.

Posted: June 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Coming soon: Miriam vs Benhur

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In a heritage survey tour of Batanes last year, the group paid a courtesy call to the House representative of the lone district of the province, Dina Abad. The name should instantly ring a bell. She is, of course, the better half of Budget Secretary Butch Abad, whom she has succeeded in the congressional merry-go-round that even the beautiful and pristine Batanes islands have succumbed to. Locals told us that no visit to Batanes should ever omit a courtesy call on Congresswoman Dina. That sounded more like a warning.

Posted: May 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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