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The burden of awards


Last Wednesday Metrobank Foundation celebrated its 35th anniversary by honoring its institutional partners that included my employers, the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Ateneo de Manila University. Metrobank Foundation also chose from its roster of Outstanding Artists, Teachers, Policemen and Soldiers and conferred on them the Awards for Continuing Excellence and Service (ACES).   The prestige [...]

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Watching Janet


The Inquirer periodically hosts no-holds-barred sessions with people in the news who seek to air their views on current issues.  On such occasions, newsmakers get to meet the paper’s reporters, editors, photographers, and columnists like myself who sometimes write about them.  A mutuality of interests drives these discussions.  The newspaper gets an exclusive close-up snapshot [...]

Posted: August 14th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Want more letters?

Additional Letters to the Editor in the Inquirer’s digital replica edition today, Monday. Go to http://bit.ly/Inquirer-digital or download our iOS and Android apps at http://www.inquirer.net/apps.   If you’re a print subscriber, access is part of your subscription; call +63 2 896 6000 to get your username and password.   • “Cheap words from SSS veep [...]

Posted: April 15th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Inquirer editorial on Senate President Enrile too clever by half

This is in reaction to the editorial titled “Too clever” (Inquirer, 1/25/13). I do not personally know Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, and I am not writing this letter to defend him—at his age he is more than capable of doing that.

Posted: January 28th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The big picture

Filipino indie filmmakers have been fighting the good fight against commercial-studio control and Hollywood-blockbuster domination. They have been sharpening their craft and are now standing on the cutting edge of international cinema, screening their stuff and winning awards in film festivals from as far afield as Amsterdam, Berlin, Bogota, Busan, Cannes, Manhattan, Vancouver and Venice. Once sidelined in their own country’s movie theaters, indie filmmakers are slowly being recognized as unsung heroes advancing the Filipino cause through their works, whether full-blown features or shorts, fiction or documentary.

Posted: December 15th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

People who are not easy to wake up

Since the birth of the Inquirer in 1985, I’ve not missed reading an issue of it. I’m now 72 years old and during all these years the Inquirer has always quenched my thirst for “balanced news and fearless views.”

Posted: May 27th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Rejecting fear


Nothing ever changes. Rejection always tears me down. Rejection always ends up at our front door, looking for me. Or maybe it’ll be in a text message, saying sorry. Is there anyone in the world who has never experienced rejection? Not likely. Rejection is that one-of-a-kind destruction.

Posted: May 18th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Stick to reportage, not opinion

The Inquirer’s lead story (“Senators question Ombudsman on AMLC report”) in its May 16 issue contains the phrase “the feisty former trial judge took the measure of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.”

Posted: May 18th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Cowardly poseurs don’t deserve ‘fearless views’ space in PDI

THE PROVERBIAL “horde of locusts” has descended upon Inquirer columnist Rigoberto Tiglao. His “sin”? Having exposed the dubious practice by some quarters of using fictitious names in writing letters to the editor. I am appalled that these critics of Tiglao have the gall to say that he (Tiglao) has “destroyed the credibility” of the Letters [...]

Posted: April 26th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Tiglao ‘out of touch most of the time’

The use by Rigoberto Tiglao of such terms as “extra service” and “all the way” (Inquirer, 3/15/12) bared to us the world he lives in—the seedy world of massage parlors, sauna baths and brothels. Alas, the Inquirer is read by young people whose innocence should not be tainted by pieces like Tiglao’s “The House of [...]

Posted: April 3rd, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The milieu of Isagani Yambot


It is said newspapermen don’t retire. They just drop dead.

Posted: March 9th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Easy, gracious presence

Many speak of him as witty, cultured and well-read. But those descriptions tend to remain in the abstract until one enters the office of the late Philippine Daily Inquirer publisher Isagani Yambot and sees for him- or herself the breadth of the man’s hunger for learning.

Posted: March 9th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »



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