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Yesterday morning on TV, comics creator and filmmaker Carlo J. Caparas let out a mouthful against National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario, who had led a group of petitioners in August 2009 in questioning at the Supreme Court the conferment of national-artist honors on Caparas and on three others—theater stalwart Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, architect Francisco Mañosa and fashion designer Jose “Pitoy” Moreno.

Posted: July 20th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Jogging memory on birthing of NCCA

The 25th anniversary of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts was marked last June 26, and it is proper to recharge memory on its birthing.

Posted: July 1st, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

NCCA@25

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In a recent event of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts held in a big provincial city, the mayor began his speech by wanting to acknowledge the NCCA but fell short of it. He could not remember what NCCA meant. He tried to but stopped midway when he realized NCCA was not the National Institute for Cultural “… er, never mind.” Actually, that would have been progress enough compared to those who still refer to the commission as the NCAA. So much for American student athletics.

Posted: June 30th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Face to face with Guillermo Tolentino

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What you remember hanging as décor in your home as a child is a way of understanding Filipino taste. In many dining rooms in the past hung an image of the “Ultima Cena (Last Supper)” or a pair of those giant hardwood spoons and forks from Baguio that led some children to believe their ancestors were giants.

Posted: June 27th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘The dark-skinned child who loved to draw’

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Sampaloc around UST (University of Santo Tomas) was the place to be right after Liberation. It was the first area to be liberated because of the concentration camp at UST where Americans caught in the war were held; the environs teemed with GIs, schools converted into hospitals, night spots for war-weary GIs and WACs, and army vehicles.

Posted: March 6th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

An artist’s portrait

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From the window of her apartment along Roxas Boulevard, artist Betsy Westendorp would spend many hours looking out on the view of Manila Bay, contemplating the sunset, and sometimes sketching what she saw.

Posted: January 12th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The art of rejection

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IT STARTS with questions: Why me? Why not me? How can I? What can I do?   Artists, more than people of other callings, are most familiar with rejection. Whether our art is that of the word, the stroke, the note, or the stage, there are as many talented ones as there are stars.   [...]

Posted: December 26th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Gems in our backyards

A country’s cinema should encompass the aspirations and experiences of its people. And to be truly representative, a country’s cinema needs to be sufficiently geographically diverse. This is still to be desired in the Philippines, where the theaters, when they aren’t saturated by Hollywood blockbusters, are by and large dominated by the products of monolithic Metro Manila studios. To be sure, independent filmmakers are making a dent, and their works, long or short, fictional or documentary, have reached an impressive level of quality. Still, when one considers the major film events, by CineManila, Cinemalaya, Cinema One Originals, or the tellingly named Metro Manila Film Festival, it becomes obvious that the Philippines’ filmic output remains largely Manila-centric.

Posted: November 24th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Taking Manila out of Manila

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Forthcoming this May is the country’s celebration of National Heritage Month. What’s that? With a surfeit of national this-or-that month, few are able to distinguish one from the other, like the National Fire Prevention Month or the National Arbor Week. What happens is unintended obscurantism that defeats the purpose of achieving public focus.

Posted: March 26th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

From wushu to Zen

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“Yoga, Yoga,” my son proposed as he stood on one leg, arms outstretched. I realized the other week that the kids’ summer break was coming up, and I had a mild anxiety attack wondering what to get them to do. I take summer activities seriously, knowing how we all grow up with the best, and [...]

Posted: March 15th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Beauty and the politician at Kapihan sa Diamond

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At the Kapihan Sa Manila at the Diamond Hotel last Monday, it was a case of beauty and the…well, not beast actually, but politician, which, some people will swear, is almost the same. Anyway, the guests were Miss Universe Margie Moran, who talked about ballet, being president of the 42-year-old Ballet Philippines, and Muslim leader [...]

Posted: October 25th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Diaristang sosyal’ and Makiling

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TWO STORIES in yesterday’s issue struck me, not only because they held rich human interest, but also because they reminded me of family members. Tooling around in an ukay-ukay tie, starched shirt and cap on his second-hand bike, “diaristang sosyal” Carlos Antolo is surely a sight to see on the streets of Lucena. I can [...]

Posted: April 12th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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