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Rizal report cards

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When I am asked how to make history interesting, my standard reply is that history, as an academic subject, is naturally engaging, and if you think or feel otherwise, that simply means you probably had a bad teacher.

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

Escape from history

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One of the welcome reforms in the teaching of college-level Philippine history resulted from the new K-to-12 curriculum that moved many general subjects now crowding the first two years of college to high school. In the past, Philippine history was taken up in grade school, high school and college with little or no change in content and structure. No wonder university students found Philippine history more potent than a sleeping pill, or Valium. In the new college curriculum, six units of Philippine history will be taught: the life and works of Rizal as mandated by law (three units) and Philippine history using primary sources (three units).

Posted: November 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What ‘Noli’ means to us: reminder and inspiration

At some point in time, we have taken the meaning of patriotism for granted.

Posted: October 4th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

An open letter to the developer of the controversial Torre de Manila

For months now, the Torre de Manila-Rizal Monument controversy has raged. As a matter of fact, the dispute has reached the Supreme Court.

Posted: October 1st, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Doing a Pilate on Rizal

President Benigno Aquino III was photographed early this week in front of Jose Rizal’s monument—an iconic moment framed by bright blue skies. Ironically, the picture was taken, not in front of the real thing at Rizal Park, but in front of a replica in Spain, at the Las Islas Filipinas stop of the Madrid metro. Had it been taken at Rizal Park, careful angling would have been needed to produce a clear shot without a condominium construction blocking the view.

Posted: September 19th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

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