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Heritage, knowledge

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When we hear the words “heritage” and “historical conservation,” we think immediately of old buildings, churches in particular, in the Philippines.

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Culture, faith, and the Black Nazarene

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If there is a cultural phenomenon that perhaps perfectly encapsulates the complexity of the Filipino religious psyche, it must be the devotion to the Black Nazarene.  Every year, on a day like this, Jan. 9, almost a million Filipinos from all walks of life participate in the frenzied procession of the statue of the Black [...]

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

Batanes model for storm readiness

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TYPHOON PROOF An Ivatan house, constructed with mortar and cobbles, has walls as thick as one meter and concrete slabs for roof. Narrow doors and windows are designed against strong winds. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Batanes, the northermost part of the country, lies in the path of most of the 20 or so tropical cyclones that enter the Philippine area of responsibility every year.

Posted: January 4th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Cooking in the time of the Philippine Revolution

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Filipino homes are festive for both Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations with some slight differences: Gifts are exchanged after the noche buena (Dec. 24), while media noche (Dec. 31) is lit up by sparklers (luces) and noisy firecrackers to drive away the bad fortune and spirits of the past year. Filipino tables on these [...]

Posted: December 31st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Silent, magical nights

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Some time back I wrote about how difficult it seems to translate “Silent Night” into Filipino or other local languages because Christmas in the Philippines is always so festive, filled with fanfare, and rarely, well, silent.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Kikoy’

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The scams never seem to end. Another daily newspaper had an article last week featuring the mayor of Masantol, Pampanga, complaining that his municipality had been sent manicure/pedicure “kikay kits” as a livelihood project, the kits charged against Masantol’s funds. The mayor said his signature had been forged, and the kits, which were supposed to be accompanied by training workshops, were totally inappropriate for his community, mainly composed of fisherfolk.

Posted: October 29th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Man in the mirror

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My favorite cardinal, Chito Tagle, has an interesting observation about corruption. It begins at home, he says. Much of it owes to cultural factors and therefore its solution must also be cultural and not just political.

Posted: September 10th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘One nation, many languages, cultures’

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The designation of Tagalog/Pilipino/Filipino as wikang pambansa has led to a dangerous misconception that any work written in a language other than in the national language is not considered part of the national literature.

Posted: August 19th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Artistic murder’

What in heaven’s name could have happened between February 2012 and June this year that made Melvin Balagot change his mind?

Posted: July 10th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,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 »

Rice

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A bowl of rice. Something so common can mean so much—a staple in our diet, and a symbol of our heritage. Steaming simplicity, which represents the ideals of community and sharing that Filipinos hold so dear. A people of faith, hope, and perseverance—what qualities of the spirit push us to achieve more?

Posted: June 19th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

My life with cabbies

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Before I retired from government service, I was a regular taxi rider. And when you ride a cab to and from work (as I used to), you get to meet all kinds of drivers. There are those who give unsolicited advice. One cabbie “suggested” that I buy a car because my office is far from my home. My aversion to unsolicited advice tempted me to lash out at the guy for his effrontery, but prudence dictated that I just bite my tongue.

Posted: March 15th, 2013 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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