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‘Betty La Fea’

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All roads led to Paris in 1889 for the Universal Exposition held to commemorate the French Revolution.

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

Suicides

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Reading Thelma San Juan’s Sunday column and the entire section of first-person accounts of people who dealt with or are still coping with the effects of depression, chemical imbalance and bi-polar mood disorder made me wonder why suicides seem to be common these days. In the past, suicides only happened to other people, never people you knew personally, but in recent years some suicides came close enough to matter.

Posted: August 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Rice in life and history

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One of the things that interests me about the coming Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) integration is a change in the look of our money. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas recently released brightly colored updated bills known as the New Generation Currency, which are in circulation now with some of the old designs. These notes carry the same faces on the front, except that the faces now look younger; some of them even smile: Quezon, Osmeña, Roxas, Macapagal, Cory and Ninoy, Abad Santos, Lim and Escoda. On the reverse you have an assortment of Philippine animals, fish and natural wonders. When the Asean gets its act together and integrates, will we, like the European Union, create a common currency? What will it look like?

Posted: August 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Carlos IV, Manila, and smallpox

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Plaza Mayor, the most important public square in Spanish Manila, was that bounded by the Manila Cathedral, the Audiencia, and the Palacio del Gobernador. In it were held fiestas, processions, bullfights, and even military parades that led to it being referred to by some as Plaza de Armas.

Posted: August 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Falling in love with words

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When people ask why I teach history, my quick answer is that I did not like the way I was taught as a student.

Posted: August 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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