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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 »

The supremo

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.

Posted: November 29th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Resurrecting Bonifacio

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I have two announcements today so I will feature one now, at the beginning, and save the other for the end of the column.

Posted: November 28th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Bonifacio’s revolver

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Posted on my Facebook Fan Page is a faded photograph showing the exhibits relating to Andres Bonifacio and the Katipunan in the prewar National Library.

Posted: November 26th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Lights and shadows

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I often quoted Mark Twain in many intermediate-pad essays way back in my school days (which, up until now, I am unable to escape).

Posted: September 18th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Christmas Eve fiasco, 1914

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Textbook history records the rivalry between two Cavite factions of the Katipunan. “Magdalo” was headed by Emilio Aguinaldo, who chose his nom de guerre Magdalo in honor of Mary Magdalene, the patron saint of Kawit.

Posted: December 20th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Jacinto, Calungsod

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Last year we celebrated the sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary of Jose Rizal. Next year it will be another birth sesquicentennial, this time for Andres Bonifacio and Mariano Ponce. In 2014 it will be Isabelo de los Reyes’ turn. All these revolutionaries were about the same age, joining the revolt against Spain in their late 20s.

Posted: December 14th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A people’s hero

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Heroes are different from statesmen because while statesmen acquire their authority from political decisions, that of heroes comes from public esteem. Heroes become the exemplars of civic virtue because they consecrate their lives to the pursuit of the common good. For them, the purpose of politics is to form citizens who have the will and the capability to work for the future of an entire community. Statesmen are often drawn from the ranks of heroes, but what ultimately sets them apart is not their heroic quality but their adeptness in the ways of modern politics.

Posted: November 30th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Why do dogs mark their territory with pee?

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ONCE UPON a time, Teodoro A. Agoncillo, in response to persistent requests for historical markers relative to Jose Rizal, growled, “Aba! Pati ba naman eskinitang inihian ni Rizal ibig lagyan ng marker!?” I remembered Agoncillo as we celebrated Rizal’s 150th birthday with many different activities and I am glad that most, if not all, Rizal [...]

Posted: July 5th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Don’t trivialize revered historical symbols

AS A student of history, I wish to register my humble objection to the trivialization of KKK (Kataastaasan, Kagalanggalangang  Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan) by giving it new meanings (Kaibigan, Kaklase at Kabarilan) with derogatory slant. While many of us have reason to disapprove of President Aquino’s choice of appointees, we should not go [...]

Posted: July 5th, 2011 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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