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“The other side of midnight”

Allow me to get a few things clear before beginning: I’ve never been to the United States, never really had any aspirations of traveling...

The Birth of Bikoliana Klasika

Allow me to highlight the work of translation as an integral part in writing our literary histories. For it is very seldom that we...

Lessons from a ‘fantaserye’ controversy

Three weeks ago, ABS-CBN released promotional campaigns for its newest “fantaserye” Bagani, a speculative, coming-of-age story of a male protagonist, utilizing the indigenous...

Unhidden markers of Kilometer Zero

This was my daughter Janna’s idea; I never wanted to go to Rizal Park at midmorning, when the sun’s rays piercing the skin without...

Pete Lacaba & Marra Lanot: On marriage and the muse

This Valentine’s month, we present to our readers a time capsule; a love story first put into words by noted journalist Pablo A. Tariman in a 1981 article published by the defunct Celebrity Magazine. It speaks of a time when multi-awarded writers Jose...

The full circle of Tony, Nick & Pete

Photo by Bernard Testa The last decade of the 20th century saw the third re-emergence of the Philippines Graphic—this time, under the ownership of the late Ambassador, business mogul and philanthropist Antonio L. Cabangon Chua. Launched in 1927, the Second World War and the declaration...

Project Coffee

When God created the world in seven days, probably, there was already coffee on the third day. To fast forward human existence, coffee was discovered by goats in Kaffa province in Ethiopia, located in the horn of Africa. Kaldi the goatherd tried some...

Red Is the River that Runs

Blood has a peculiar, coppery taste in the mouth. Carmen smells it first, a familiar metallic tang from rusted iron reminiscent of white sartin cups in her youth. Hers had a special red lining, instead of the usual blue ones, a gift from...

Science and the supernatural: Filipino folklore through a scientific lens

Even with the rise of science and technology, Filipino folklore is still passed on from generation to generation – including stories of creatures and curses that heretofore have seemed scientifically unanswerable. Filipino folklore is an interesting topic to delve into for scientists as the...

Island landmarks, heritage houses & music-making of a lifetime

Pablo Tariman in his hometown Baras, Catanduanes contemplating the island by the sea. (Photo: Floyd Evangelista Flores) As I turn 74 in December, I like to look back and sum up the modest journey of my life. I like to start where I was born. When...

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