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Cooking ‘ng ina ko!’

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When I was interviewing cooks in Pampanga for my undergraduate thesis, culinary secrets and shortcuts that I could not understand were shared. For example, old folks would tell me things like “Nung buri meng palambutan ing carni dinan meng platu.” (Literal translation: If you want the meat you are cooking to become tender, put in a plate.) Another was “Nung buri meng masanting a color ing lulutuan mung matamis dinan meng pera.” (If you want the color of the fruit preserves you are cooking to look good, put in money.) Something was definitely lost in translation, and when I asked the cooks to explain, I realized what my modern urban cooking lacked.

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

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 »

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