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Stories from our myths

As a child, I cut classes to go marinate in the library. There I got to delve into ancient cultures and the stories and...

Weaving spirit into poetry: Merlie Alunan’s ‘Running With Ghosts’

“I am about to sit down on the bench under the papaya tree when the shaking begins. It lasts for what seems like the...

Speaking of tyranny: Manuel C. Lahoz’s ‘Of Tyrants and Martyrs”

  Reading Manuel C. Lahoz’s political memoir took me back to some of my earliest bad memories. I was born in 1972, just a bit...

National Hero, moving forward: Launching Rizal +

Before he was shot dead at dawn on Bagumbayan Field, Dr. Jose Rizal was a doctor—and he was a writer. Before all this, he...

Expanding the center from Kilometer Zero

Stories would always come from something, from someone; it is an impossibility to just appear on a piece of paper, on a laptop screen,...

Lushly a biography Alfred A. Yuson’s “Lineage, Vision, Empire: Don Francisco ‘Paquito’ Ortigas, Jr.”

One would think that lush storytelling and adroit turns of witty phrase belong in fiction rather than in the creative non-fiction required to tell...

A writer in search of an author

“Once it happened, as I lay awake at night, that I suddenly spoke in verses, in verses so beautiful and strange that I did...

KATAGA1: Dulce et Utile

It appears to be an endless debate whether art should be for art’s sake or for social transformation. Interestingly, “Kataga,” in their first book...

Spitting Fire and Farce: Lourd De Veyra’s Little Book of Speeches

Voltaire said,“Let us read and let us dance—two amusements that will never do any harm to this world.” What he might have failed to...

The other side of the 2nd World War

Mauro Gia Samonte’s “Dr. Jose P. Laurel: Nation above self—a biography” There are two ways of viewing this book. One may dismiss it as an...

Discernments: A look from the eyes of a Critic—and why you should be

The status quo will always be questioned, challenged, and criticized, in the name of a higher state of being, in the name of surpassing...

Elmer Ordoñez’ “Father’s Doppelganger”: Old friends & memories of war on a rainy afternoon

Photos courtesy of Arkibong Bayan, Dr. Elmer Ordoñez, and Ishmael Ordoñez Maybe, it is his favorite—dark pants and that green-ochre polo shirt with vertical black...
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