In general, the Filipino language reflects the culture of our people. For example, as a rice-eating (and -loving) people, we have numerous words that refer to rice, like palay, bigas, sinaing, am, tutong, mumu, sinangag, suman, puto, bibingka and sapinsapin. Unique among Filipinos is the use of the word “kwan,” which often implies something [...]
By Aldan S. Avila
For one night I was back in high school. Literally and figuratively.
By John Nery
Last Friday, among several other titles, the Ateneo de Manila University Press launched “The Light of Liberty: Documents and Studies on the Katipunan, 1892-1897,” by the historian Jim Richardson. It is, in my view, the most important book of this generation.
He was a man of paradox: In today’s terms, he would be called an out-of-school youth turned upwardly mobile worker; an orphan with a telenovela background who died a tragic, ultimately triumphant death; a social pro who created a secret society; a hero-worshipping autodidact who himself became a hero, and inspired other heroes.
By Michael L. Tan
I have two announcements today so I will feature one now, at the beginning, and save the other for the end of the column.