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‘A Filipino Tolstoi’

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I wish to pay tribute to the great F. Sionil Jose, who celebrated his 90th birthday in ceremonies at the Cultural Center of the Philippines last week, by offering this early American glimpse of the writer “Manong Frankie” reminds me of the most: Rizal himself.

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

A November of books

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It’s almost the end of November, which is Philippine Book Development Month as mandated by law and the Department of Education’s National Reading Month. And happily, many book-related events continue to take place.

Posted: November 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Books as a measure of self-awareness

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The 3-day Philippine International Literary Festival/Book Industry Summit of the National Book Development Board (NBDB) culminates today with the yearly Komikon Convention, a fitting crowd-drawing finale for days of discussions on “The Pressing Issue: Sustainable Publishing Amid Asean Integration.”

Posted: November 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

From books to eternity

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One fine day in June 2009, at about 3 p.m., Reggie and I were getting dressed to go malling. The past two months we had made it a regular feature of our recovery program—he from a triple bypass operation at the Philippine Heart Center, me from a low anterior resection at the Capitol Medical Center.

Posted: November 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Sour grapes

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Salcedo Auctions lived up to its “praise releases” recently by setting new auction records in the Rare Books department. Last month a first edition of Rizal’s “Noli Me Tangere,” published in Berlin in 1887, was put on the block with an estimate of P300-350,000; it sold at a whopping hammer price of P6 million. If you add the buyer’s premium and the value-added tax, the actual price paid was P7 million—the highest ever paid for a Philippine book.

Posted: October 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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