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Love of my life

The corridor was circular, lined with curved benches along the wall. Behind the benches were glass windows that overlooked the street below.    As you...

Covering the essential Blas F. Ople

A journalist remembers how the former labor and foreign affairs secretary and Senate President remained a lifelong newspaperman at heart The opportunity to cover Blas...

The remarkable life of Blas F. Ople

“The world pays a premium not for occasional flashes of brilliance but for sustained commitments to the performance of tasks.”—Blas F. Ople On Feb. 3,...

Graphic days & nights with Frank Sionil Jose

On the last day of his 97-year stay on earth, National Artist Frank Sionil Jose wrote about the Philippines and his hometown of Rosales,...

Rain

It is raining. I said “Okay” to a meeting at the Balesin Club in Makati but it’s raining tonight.  I avoid going beyond five...

COVID quarantines, the second time around

This essay is one of many written during a Memoir Writing workshop at Sunshine Place under the mentorship of Dr. Oscar Peñaranda, a Gawad...

Reynaldo Abilo—from scholar to being somebody

“When i was 25, i was based in Cebu and I was the customer Development Finance Manager of Colgate Palmolive in charge of Visayas...

Miranda bombing: Beyond the scars

Fifty years ago, on the night of Aug. 21, 1971, two grenades were lobbed at a Liberal Party rally at Manila’s iconic Plaza Miranda,...

COVID-19 and the Filipinos in Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria—there was no report of Filipinos getting infected with the coronavirus during the initial outbreak of COVID-19 in this city. Until late summer...

My aunt and her Singer sewing machine

It was hidden for ages together with other stuff dumped in the utility room of our family home and forgotten, probably rusting—my aunt’s old...

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