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Mabini by Mabini

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Unlike Rizal, who left 25 volumes of writing to keep an academic industry alive, Apolinario Mabini left only two volumes that are not readily available to general readers in English or Filipino.

Posted: July 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Mabini in exile

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Textbook history has reduced Apolinario Mabini into “The Sublime Paralytic,” whatever that means. To complicate matters, Mabini is sometimes referred to as the “Brains of the Revolution,” which confuses students who know that the same title applies to Emilio Jacinto.

Posted: July 18th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Mabini vs the Rich

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Someone once commented that I am like an ostrich who hides my head in the past instead of commenting on current social issues. If I were to be relevant in this critic’s eyes, then today’s column should be on Typhoon “Glenda” or President Aquino’s challenge to the Supreme Court on its ruling that the Disbursement Acceleration Program is unconstitutional. I leave the present to my fellow columnists who can cover the issues far better than me. My column title is, after all, “Looking Back.”

Posted: July 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Auction fever

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These are exciting times for the Philippine art market, with the growing interest in paintings by Filipino artists fueled by money and speculation better left to the trading floors of the stock exchanges than to the once quiet art galleries and private collections.

Posted: July 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

How to kill a rat

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One of the funniest travel accounts of the country is “An Englishwoman in the Philippines” by Campbell Dauncey (1906). Her comments on Philippine life and the American colonials in 1904 are an engaging read. She described Manila, Malacañang, and William Howard Taft who made a return visit to the Philippines as US secretary of war. She poked fun at everyone and everything in deadpan British humor that did not amuse an American who had read the original book scanned by Google. On the first chapter is handwritten: “The English should stay Home!”

Posted: July 9th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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