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Tale of an Enchanted book

“What is a city without enchantment?” asks Dr. Mary Jane Guazon-Uy in “The Book of Pedro Bautista” recently launched by Ateneo de Naga. This novelist...

Portrait of the journalist as poet

To the uninitiated, poetry and journalism appear to be opposite ends of a very wide spectrum. In reality, this is not so. Poetry is...

Town and Country from the Pen of Three Women

I collect rare books not only for that old-world scent trapped between their pages, but for that splendid bit of humanity revealed in each...

South Africa must be good for the soul

South Africa. A place of raw, untamed beauty. Its cities, Johannesburg and Cape Town in particular, rise from the burrowed ground at once splendid and...

Haunting your feels: Celestine Trinidad’s ‘Ghost of a Feeling’

One would think suicide and a doctor’s crisis of confidence in herself to be heavy topics, perhaps too heavy for a romance novel. One...

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,...

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