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Town cops repulse NPA surprise attack

It was supposed to be a surprise attack on a police station. The plan was to take the police officers unawares by hitting them...

The bookshop my parents built—growing up at Solidaridad

When Solidaridad, the bookshop my parents, Frankie and Tessie Jose, set up in 1965 on Padre Faura Street in Ermita, Manila, turned 50, we...

Love locks, tokhang, and Rosario at Baclaran

He cradled his son with his right arm, while he wrapped his left fist around a sledgehammer. The grilles surrounding them were full of...

Poetry: a new global force for good

As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of UNESCO’s World Poetry Day this 21st March, the Czech Embassy Manila champions poetry as a much-needed force...

A heritage of generosity: Remembering Amb. Antonio L. Cabangon Chua

  The call came unexpected. Just seconds after arriving at the newsroom, I stumbled out and rushed to the fourth floor. The Ambassador sat serenely on...

If you’re a campus journalist, read this

I had the honor, these past two days, to sit as juror in the Luzon-wide competition for campus publications. Several observations came immediately to...

In memory of Amba

It was Jan. 2017 or was that 2016? I was told it had been raining in Lucban, Quezon for the past three months without...

Research reveals the key to reduce prison radicalization and increase the chances of rehabilitation

New research from The Australian National University (ANU) and the University of Southern Illinois in the US shows people imprisoned on terrorism offenses stand...

Press freedom: Yes, it matters

A free and independent press is one of the benchmarks used to measure the strength of a country’s democracy, and the level of its...

The Little Prince of six-strings cross paths with the Rogue Traveler

  Three claps silenced the whole place. Everyone transfixed their gaze to the person on the stage, the Executive Director of Alliance Française de Manille,...

On ‘True Enchantment’

Very rarely do I hear fiction writers disparaged for their fiction like it was some crime or disease people should steer clear of. Not from...

Meeting the Order of National Artists for film and the search for food

Aside from the raging buses and jeepneys on Taft Avenue, the sun gave no mercy to the sidewalk vendors and pedestrians who sometimes, if...
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