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Quezon in Japan, 1938

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Grant K. Goodman (1924-2014) was a historian who specialized in Japan and Asia. After his retirement from the University of Kansas, he used to describe himself as an “extinguished” rather than the distinguished professor he truly was. I was drawn to him at conferences because of his engaging presentations and his interest in the Philippines.

Posted: September 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Aktibista!’

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I could have used the English word, and it would have sounded almost respectable. In contrast, the Filipino word, exclamation point added for drama, almost terrifies people, with its connotation of riots and violent confrontations.

Posted: September 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Public funds cannot be used to cut trees

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In case Rep. Mark Cojuangco and other national and local government officials don’t know it, the current General Appropriations Act prohibits the use of public funds to cut trees, demolish heritage houses and buildings, and construct homes in hazardous areas identified in government hazard maps.

Posted: September 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The ‘disaster capital’?

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Sometimes, it seems like we’re the “disaster capital” of the world. No sooner had Tropical Storm “Mario” exited the Philippine area of responsibility than newspaper headlines returned to the possible eruption of Mayon Volcano, which had been spewing ominous clouds of ash, steam and vapor days before.

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The night Marcos declared martial law

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Last Sunday, Filipinos heard for the first time in 40 years the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ TV speech declaring martial law in September 1972, the beginning of a brutal dictatorship that ruled the country for 14 years.

Posted: September 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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