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When the earth quaked in 1645

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The heritage churches of Bohol brought to ruin by an earthquake remain as they are a year after they were toppled. These churches are now history and will be remembered only through photographs and memory.

Posted: October 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Rusontsubo,’ Luzon jars

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When Francesco Carletti arrived in Nagasaki from Manila in June 1597, customs police boarded the vessel and asked the passengers and crew to declare any pottery they had on them. There were many names for these jars (“tsubo”) but the customs officers were searching for jars from Luzon (or “rusontsubo”) with the same zeal and diligence that customs officers today would look for contraband: drugs, laundered money, ivory, and porn.

Posted: October 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Hideyoshi’s elephant, 1597

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A few years ago I wrote about Chulalongkorn’s elephants, bronze ones, gifted by the King of Siam to Java and Singapore as souvenirs of his visits in 1871.

Posted: October 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The Philippines in Nagasaki

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Nagasaki is a name most people associate with Hiroshima and the atomic bombs that hastened the end of World War II.

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

Quezon in Japan, 1938

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Grant K. Goodman (1924-2014) was a historian who specialized in Japan and Asia. After his retirement from the University of Kansas, he used to describe himself as an “extinguished” rather than the distinguished professor he truly was. I was drawn to him at conferences because of his engaging presentations and his interest in the Philippines.

Posted: September 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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