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‘Charlie’s Angels’ in ‘insurmountable mission’

Where are the men in this country? They are now in women tasked to render justice, unearth anomalies, recover ill-gotten wealth and punish the rogues and rascals in public service along with their cohorts.

Posted: October 6th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

My hero


At a very young age, I learned that you have to be your own hero. It’s a lesson you can only learn when you have been hurt too many times. When we are little, our parents are our heroes. We run to them when we get a wound, and we always feel better after a kiss. But for me, this was not the case. My parents had me when they were both 20 years old, and to them, I was the sole reason their dreams had to wait. I was the obstacle, the hindrance to their success.

Posted: September 2nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Why is Gregorio del Pilar’s hand in his coat?


History is usually delivered in school through: textbooks, teachers’ lectures, assignments, quizzes, and exams.

Posted: August 1st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A question of heroes


Of the varied fare produced by this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival, it was “El Presidente,” the film depicting the life of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, that I was most eager to watch. Films about a nation’s heroes are always tricky affairs. If they show nothing new about the persons or the circumstances in which they lived, they risk becoming utterly boring. If, on the other hand, they set out to project heroes in a new light, they are likely to face the question: What is fiction and what is fact?

Posted: December 29th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Teodoro A. Agoncillo@100


WHEN PEOPLE ask about the story of Edsa, we have to go beyond People Power 1986 to a time when then Highway 54 was renamed from a bland generic to honor Epifanio de los Santos (1871-1928). When I asked why the longest road in Metro Manila was named after a historian and former National Library director, the apocryphal story given me was that at the time of the renaming, a contemporary Filipino historian was preferred but then all the short-listed ones—Gregorio Zaide, Horacio de la Costa, and Teodoro A. Agoncillo—were still alive, so they had to concede to someone obscure but long dead.

Posted: November 8th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Include ordinary heroes

“We do not need to create heroes. We have many in our midst that we know little of … if only we took the time to learn more about our past.” Thus did columnist Ramon Farolan conclude his Oct. 1 column (“Message from Nakar”) on Lt. Col. Guillermo Peñamante Nakar who, he said, even after the fall of Bataan and Corregidor in World War II, “refused to surrender [to the Japanese] keeping the 14th Infantry intact and laying down the foundations of an effective intelligence network covering the provinces of Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Pangasinan.”

Posted: October 7th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »



I’ve been reading the comments on Jesse Robredo these past days and two things stand out.

Posted: August 27th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

After Ninoy

The divers’ discovery of the remains of Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo early on Tuesday morning confirmed an anxious nation’s worst fears. The shock that followed cast a pall over most everything, including the commemoration of the anniversary of the assassination of Ninoy Aquino.

Posted: August 23rd, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Most heartfelt and warmest thanks to usual heroes during calamities

Many stories, even letters, have been written about soldiers and policemen at the forefront of rescue efforts during calamities and tragedies. They tirelessly work together with other volunteers who also risk their lives to help others, even if they are themselves among the victims.   There would never be enough “thank yous” for these brave [...]

Posted: August 14th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Editorial for the unsung

I liked very much the Aug. 11, 2012 editorial of the Inquirer (“Rainy-day heroes”) which talked about the unsung rainy-day heroes. These are the kind of stories that our fellow citizens ought to hear because they are truly inspiring. They show that in each one of us, no matter how ordinary or lowly regarded, we [...]

Posted: August 14th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Rainy-day heroes

Let us now praise not so famous men, the unsung wet heroes of this week’s torrential flooding. We refer to the rescue teams and hospital workers who logged long hours and went beyond the call of duty to come to the aid of those trapped in the worst flooding since “Ondoy.” We especially refer to the ordinary citizens who set aside their own comforts and even their own safety in order to come to the help of others.

Posted: August 10th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What does it mean to be Filipino?

As a poor kid, I studied in a public elementary school and grew up learning the exploits of Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Gabriela Silang and Ramon Magsaysay. We had no library, but through the tutelage of my good and committed teachers, I learned there lived Filipino men and women highly deserving to be exemplars of greatness.

Posted: July 31st, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »



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