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Books as a measure of self-awareness

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The 3-day Philippine International Literary Festival/Book Industry Summit of the National Book Development Board (NBDB) culminates today with the yearly Komikon Convention, a fitting crowd-drawing finale for days of discussions on “The Pressing Issue: Sustainable Publishing Amid Asean Integration.”

Posted: November 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Never enough literary festivals

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I am still star-struck over my recent personal encounters with best-selling author Amy Tan and young talented poets Mark Anthony Cayanan, Mikael de Lara Co, Kristian Cordero, Allan Popa and nonfiction writers Chay Hofileña, Pam Pastor and Arnel Patawaran. And if time allowed, there would have been many more interactions at last week’s well-received first Philippine Literary Festival at the Raffles Hotel.

Posted: November 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

At the Frankfurt Book Fair—but where was PH?

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Aside from the country finally shedding its tarnished image, the progress that the Philippine publishing industry has made is similarly worthy of note.

Posted: October 18th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A tribute to a teacher: ‘Muy Bien!’

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Bien Lumbera was more than just your regular professor, for he was also a poet, scholar, and dramatist.

Posted: October 4th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Noli’ on the grand scale it deserves

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Expectations were high at the gala of “Noli Me Tangere: The Opera” at the Resorts World Manila Theater. After all, there was much hype even during the casting for the Manila production of what had originally been presented in the United States, the most recent being at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Posted: September 20th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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