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“The Age of Anxiety” is a poem W. H. Auden wrote in 1947. It deals with man’s search for meaning in a turbulent world and won the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Leonardo Bernstein thereafter composed “Symphony No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra.” Princeton University Press, in 2011, published a new edition of the poem.

Posted: March 18th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Mitch Albom, author

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Not many Filipinos may know Mitch Albom. I first bumped into him at a Barnes & Noble (B & N) bookstore in Naperville, Illinois. It was sometime in April 2010, and we were on our annual apostolic mission to the United States to visit three granddaughters, Christine, 16, Nicole, 11, and Gisele, 7.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

On working while tired or sick

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Like many others, I was down with the flu last week. Having to slog through work that cannot be postponed or reassigned is not an unusual experience; many of us have been there, done that, more than once. But last week, for some reason, I was forcefully reminded of a book I had first read in college, which taught me a lesson or two in “working while tired or sick.”

Posted: January 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The most important book of our time

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Last Friday, among several other titles, the Ateneo de Manila University Press launched “The Light of Liberty: Documents and Studies on the Katipunan, 1892-1897,” by the historian Jim Richardson. It is, in my view, the most important book of this generation.

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Think November, think books

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The week of Nov. 11-16 was a coup of sorts for the National Book Development Board as it mounted the 4th Philippine International Literary Festival, dubbed “Text and the City,” in an innovative new format: a deliberate strategy conceptualized by NBDB deputy executive director Camille V. De la Rosa to reach a wider audience.

Posted: November 16th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Literary guests for ‘Text and the City’ in November

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All lovers of the written word, and, I have to add, illustrated images, in view of the rising interest in graphic literature: Brace yourselves for November, a month of literary events.

Posted: October 18th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

DepEd ignoring textbook errors

Two articles and two letters to the editor published by the Inquirer in June and July of this year, all of them pertaining to my discovery of numerous grave errors in two learning materials used in public secondary schools, were completely ignored by the Department of Education. What is being implied? That I should not be taken seriously because what I’m saying is not true?

Posted: September 2nd, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

First read for 0-4 kids

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I had never been to a workshop quite like the recent Booklatan that the National Book Development Board (NBDB) had in Valenzuela on that Friday in August, the day before Tropical Storm “Maring” and the habagat began to unleash pouring rain across the country. In its previous format, NBDB’s quarterly Booklatan session was designed to encourage readership among teachers and librarians.

Posted: August 30th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Cooking chili

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If you’ve ever visited my house, you would’ve noticed that the shelves are lined with plenty of books, a lot of them having to do with food. Over the years my parents have acquired a good number of cookbooks. Growing up, I was exposed to varied cuisine at lunch and dinner.

Posted: July 10th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A ‘once upon a time’ book

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Leaf through the new book “Philippine Native Trees 101.” Early on, you’ll find that it measures up to the subtitle: “Up Close and Personal.”

Posted: July 8th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Power, secrets and sanctity

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My introduction to the brave new (for me) world of activism took place when I was in high school when I joined a picket against the Roman Catholic Church.

Posted: June 15th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Two books on crises and hope

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On my table are two newly published books that deserve thoughtful readers who would be moved to act positively to bring about change.

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

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