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Revolt of the masses?

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After the anthem and the boring speeches, a series of floral offerings were made that made Nick Joaquin growl: “Where are the masses?” I looked around and saw that everyone was in their Sunday best. Then Nick shouted: “Where are the masses?”

Posted: November 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The Katipunan and the emperor of Japan

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Pinoy tourists I meet in Tokyo often ask how to get to Akihabara, the area famous for everything electronic. A few seek directions to Tsukiji market, where tuna auctions are held at the crack of dawn. Others ask about Harajuku and the best time to see young Japanese girls walking around in Cosplay costume, or […]

Posted: November 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

CHEd ignoring significance of Filipino

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 […]

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

So high school

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For one night I was back in high school. Literally and figuratively.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The most important book of our time

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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.

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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