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Mabini vs the Rich

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Someone once commented that I am like an ostrich who hides my head in the past instead of commenting on current social issues. If I were to be relevant in this critic’s eyes, then today’s column should be on Typhoon “Glenda” or President Aquino’s challenge to the Supreme Court on its ruling that the Disbursement Acceleration Program is unconstitutional. I leave the present to my fellow columnists who can cover the issues far better than me. My column title is, after all, “Looking Back.”

Posted: July 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Don Belong’

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After the birth sesquicentennials for Jose Rizal (2011) and Andres Bonifacio (2013), it seems many of our national heroes aren’t quite getting the recognition they deserve. Apolinario Mabini’s sesquicentennial is on July 23 (others say July 22). It should not pass unnoticed.

Posted: July 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Rizal on trial

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Jose Rizal knew he was a marked man when he disembarked from the steamer that brought him from Hong Kong to Manila in 1892. He chose to stay in a hotel and told relatives and friends who had offered their hospitality that this was not a snub but for their own good.   Agents from [...]

Posted: July 4th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Rizal: Icon of Malay race

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RIZAL BIRTHDAY  A couple takes a “selfie” with the monument of Dr. Jose Rizal as background at Luneta Park, also named after the national hero, in Manila. The country will commemorate Thursday Rizal’s 153rd birthday.  RICHARD A. REYES

The nation commemorates two historical events this month: the 116th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine independence on June 12 and the 153rd birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal Thursday, June 19. The saga of Philippine nationhood connects the two with Rizal at the racial center.

Posted: June 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Fair hope

This may be the last time the Philippine school calendar begins, unambiguously, in June. There was something to starting the academic year in the same month as the anniversary of Philippine independence and the birthday of the national hero Jose Rizal; the schedule lent itself to educational purposes and exhortatory uses. Today, except for a few institutions, all Philippine schools will be conducting classes, and countless classrooms will stop to remember Rizal.

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

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