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Isolated cases or cases of isolation?

“Fake” news. Stupid commentaries. Irresponsible repartees to intelligent criticism. Reckless speeches. Senseless policies. Silly and laughable propaganda. Ill-advised decisions. Lies, lies and more lies. After...

Duterte’s inferno

Rodrigo Duterte and Dante Alighieri share one thing in common: they’ve been to Hell and back. The only difference is while author Dante Alighieri had...

What we can learn from the Chinese

When I think of the Chinese, immediately I’m transported to this old restaurant, The Rice Bowl. It once stood somewhere in Ongpin, Binondo. There,...

Dengue de Rigueur

Summer comes, and with it mosquitoes and dengue. Even as the holiday cold fritters away, the Department of Health has already noticed an alarming spike...

New World Order: to rob the world blind

  One word describes 2018: exhausting. It was exhausting because of its politics. It was exhausting for its excesses. It was exhausting due to its wanton and gratuitous display of impunity. The larger perspective offers only cold comfort. The world is teetering toward totalitarian rule. Human...

Dignité Pour Tous

To partake in the body politic of the nation, each national must rise and remain in constant rebellion against himself.   — Hannah Arendt, “On Revolution” France, May 1968. It was the month of the Paris riots. The massive protest actions, which led to a countrywide...

A matter of honor

I believe we, Filipinos, deserve a break. A break from what, you ask? Well, a long break from the status quo. To those uninitiated with the Latin phrase, it means, in a sociological sense, our existing state of affairs, and the values and...

Akademyang Filipino: Reenvisioning the Filipino intelligentsia

As early as Sept. 2017, I received an email informing me that I was recommended to be part of a group which was soon to be formed: originally named Academia Filipina. Months went by and I didn’t hear from any of them again....

What we can learn from the Chinese

When I think of the Chinese, immediately I’m transported to this old restaurant, The Rice Bowl. It once stood somewhere in Ongpin, Binondo. There, my family and I spent our supper during weekends. I looked forward to such treats as a child for...

Our misguided kindness

Try as I might, it’s difficult to imagine a Filipino consumed by anger and resentment. I’ve lived long enough to witness the Filipino’s sense of shame, which is far greater than his reasons for personal indignation. Not that we are incapable of the slightest...

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