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Discovering Tampinco, discovering ourselves

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If Jose Rizal was the most outstanding writer of his time and Juan Luna the most outstanding painter, Isabelo Tampinco was the most outstanding sculptor.

Posted: September 6th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

To remember and to sing

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One can immediately sense how successfully the spirit of Nick Joaquin has been captured in the large framed photograph of the National Artist that welcomes you to this ongoing exhibition at the Ateneo Rizal Library, Special Collections Building. It is a solo of a happily inebriated Joaquin—just him and his beer bottle—signed to writer Isagani Cruz with just one word, “Dammit.” That should put you in the proper frame of mind as you chuckle in amusement and amazement at this literary icon.

Posted: August 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Kids say it best

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It was big news in the children’s publishing industry that at the PBBY-NBDB’s 3rd National Children’s Book Awards, Adarna House won all four of the selected Best Reads for 2014.

Posted: August 9th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

There’s no stopping National Children’s Book Day

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Typhoon “Glenda” may have temporarily upset all plans for the 31st National Children’s Book Day (NCBD) festivities on the third Tuesday of July, but booklovers like the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) are never that easily discouraged. So what’s a minor setback wrought by the weather? The logical course of action was to look at the next Tuesday, July 22, for the planned book fair of Philippine titles.

Posted: July 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Brother Armin’s love story

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It was an unusual morning of launches at last week’s “Booklatan sa Eskwela: Tuloy ang Basa” at the Makati Elementary School Library Hub. Booklatan is a regular reading outreach program of the National Book Development Board (NBDB) in partnership with the local government and similarly committed nongovernment organizations to call attention yet again to the importance of reading and the urgency of making books available, especially to public school children. For how else can we foster an appreciation (take note that I am restraining myself, and not even talking about a love for reading) for books?

Posted: July 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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