Historia

Mabini Letters: Lecturing El Presidente

You’ve got to admire Mabini. This guy got some balls. In 28 February 1899 he wrote Aguinaldo: “I heard Luna is going to resign as director and commander-in-chief of Operations in Manila because the company captains who had disobeyed his instructions in the last attack on Manila went unpunished. We already see the disastrous effects […]

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Benguet | Opinion

Dog Eaters

“Is it true that Filipinos eat dog?”, a British educated Indian colleague asked. “Well, some mountain tribes do… I never met anyone that do, ya’ know these things, they’re grossly exaggerated”, I answered, trying to be evasive. Of course, that’s a lie. Because I know people and I’ve seen dogs get slaughtered, and these are […]

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Historia

Passing

Last month my adopted grandmother passed away. Yesterday, a friend informed us that our long time neighbour, whose children I grew up with was rushed to the hospital. She died later that night. A loved one lost a grandparent just a few days ago, before her passing the old lady stayed in their Parañaque home. […]

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Opinion

Noynoy, an Apology is in Order

What’s wrong with apologizing to the survivors and relatives of that terrible Luneta hostage taking? The so called rescue was bungled and ended up in tragic deaths. So many lives lost. The situation was mishandled from the start. Unfortunately for this president, The responsibility goes up the chain. Its not usual practice for a leader […]

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Personal

Filipiniana Books. Madness!

I was browsing over the book displays of Powerbooks and National Bookstore this morning and as usual, I felt disgusted and upset. No, nothing to do with their customer service. These underpaid workers came to do their jobs. My disappointment was over the fact that for a poor country we probably have the most expensive […]

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Historia

The Spanish-speaking old Chinese

by PIO ANDRADE JR. Don Jose Juico, one of the early mayors of Porac, Pampanga early this century, was pure Chinese, but he was very fluent in Spanish, the only language he spoke at home. This prompted her granddaughter, Sylvia Ordoñez, to ask me why her dear Chinese lolo spoke only Spanish. I told Sylvia […]

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