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Birth of Frankenstein

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Young people today associate Frankenstein and Dracula with the monsters created for them in film and TV, not the originals in print that are a bother to read. I read an abridged version of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel “Dracula” when I was in grade school and learned what an epistolary novel was like, the narrative running through a series of letters and diaries.

Posted: October 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Gruesome deaths

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“Halloween” may be the title of a series of gruesome slash-and-kill films; it may be associated with pumpkins with a carved face, or wearing costumes, or children knocking on doors yelling “Trick or treat!”

Posted: October 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Secret of the Virgin Queen

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Growing up Catholic meant that I immediately associated the words “Virgin” and “Queen” with Mary, Mother of God, but anyone who has read some British history would associate the same words with Elizabeth I and the image of a strong face, paled by heavy white makeup, set in an elaborate costume, wig and jeweled finery befitting a great monarch.

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

Tradewinds

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The Chinese junks travelled during the northeast monsoon around March to the Philippines and Indonesia, then around June the traders rode the southwest monsoon back.

Posted: October 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

When the earth quaked in 1645

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The heritage churches of Bohol brought to ruin by an earthquake remain as they are a year after they were toppled. These churches are now history and will be remembered only through photographs and memory.

Posted: October 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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