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‘Tuloy Poe kayo’


I had been telling friends I’d use that line in a column one of these days. I wouldn’t endorse a specific presidential candidate, I’d just set out “general principles” about the next president I want.

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

The year that was


It was the worst of times, it was the best of times.

Posted: December 30th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Don’t wait until they are dead


William Shakespeare was wrong when he made Mark Antony say in his “Friends, Romans, countrymen/lend me your ears” funeral oration for Julius Caesar: “The evil that men do lives after them/The good is oft buried with their bones.” In real life, it is the exact opposite, at least in the Philippines, as the recent outpouring of praise for the dead Jesse Robredo has shown.

Posted: August 30th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Idol Pidol’ also a ‘teacher’ worth emulating by politician

It saddens me that the outpouring of grief and avalanche of tributes for the late Rodolfo “Dolphy” Vera Quizon Sr. only center on his valuable contributions to the arts, especially, in the sphere of comedy-drama where—thanks to his outstanding roster of works on stage, radio, television and the movies—he reigned supreme.

Posted: July 26th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Comedy king now ‘Home Along The Riley’s’

Comedians in the Philippines are cheaper by the dozen, so to speak. But one man was worth a million for standing out not only as the king of comedy but, more importantly, as the “King of Wholesome Comedy.”

Posted: July 20th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Still, leave it to the artists


“Id I had the choice,” says Edgardo Angara, chair of the Senate education committee and board member of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, “I would have given the title to Dolphy while he was still alive, if only to show appreciation for the unique talent he possessed. Dolphy is really more than deserving of the National Artist award…. What he did was an extraordinary thing—making the entire Filipino people laugh.”

Posted: July 17th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘All-heart king of comedy’

One of the famous anecdotes about the late comedian Dolphy: When he was asked to run for president given that he was a “sure winner,” he replied, “Paano pag nanalo (What will I do if I win)?”

Posted: July 17th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Dolphy deserves more than just National Artist Award

I watched news reports, documentaries and stories about Dolphy for five days, and I have come to the conclusion that he is beyond the National Artist Award category. He should be nominated for the Nobel Prize or the Magsaysay Award. He helped open our society to accepting homosexuality. Dolphy the comedian was there in our lives in times of good and bad for more than six decades. He truly was a great man.

Posted: July 17th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

In passing


I had written my last column for last week before Dolphy crossed over to the great beyond. The days that followed were devoted to mourning his death and celebrating his life in equal measure. The outpouring of grief and love has been overwhelming and warms the heart. I cannot let his passing go without saying something, if only in passing.

Posted: July 16th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Appreciating Dolphy


I was debating with myself on whether I would write something about the passing of Dolphy—Facifica Falayfay, John Puruntong, Markova, Father Jejemon—among other personas he created and made immortal.

Posted: July 14th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Professional and personal


The story is told about a husband who made a frantic call from his hotel room to the manager, saying: “Send someone to our room fast. My wife and I are having an argument and she is threatening to jump out of the window!” The manager calmly said: “With all due respect, Sir, that is a personal matter.” To which the husband responded: “What is between me and my wife is a personal matter. But whether the window will open or not is a management matter!”

Posted: July 14th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Portrait of the Filipino as Dolphy


Here’s a question for those who, in the wake of Dolphy’s death the other day, may be discussing his impact on the Filipino consciousness: In his portrayal of the two TV-movie roles in which he made the greatest impression—the impoverished but easygoing padre de familia in “John en Marsha” and “Home Along da Riles”—and of the Pinoy bakla in “Facifika Falayfay” and “Fefita Fofongay,” did Dolphy perhaps romanticize poverty and encourage the treatment of gays as abnormal?

Posted: July 12th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »



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