By Ryan Madrid
My grandparents can recount the years when their town was under siege by the Japanese forces. My father shed a tear when he looked down on Ayala Avenue at Cory Aquino’s cortege. When I grow old, I will retell only these stories of difficulty and tragedy, and that’s because I never went through a war. No bombs were there to traumatize me. No gunshots were there to horrify me.
By Jose Ma. Montelibano
I thought it was simple enough. I thought the usual agents of change, or those who think they are, understand the nature of change well enough. Obviously not.
I first met in person the then fearless Mabini lawyer Jejomar Binay a few days after Ninoy Aquino was assassinated on Aug. 21, 1983.
By Rina Jimenez-David
Coming home wasn’t Ninoy Aquino’s first act of defiance against the Marcos regime, as the 2000 article by former senator and Cory Aquino-era executive secretary Joker Arroyo reveals.
By Ambeth R. Ocampo
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?