Historia | Pampanga

Not a critic review: Goyo, the Boy General

Por fin! the film “Goyo, the Boy General” is now showing on Netflix. Here’s hoping that they add “Dahling Nick” soon. So was the movie good? What about it was bad? In my book, it’s right up there with Raymond Red’s Sakay and Heneral Luna, which by the way is from the same Director, Jerrold […]

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Historia | Muntinglupa

#AngLarawan: not a film review

We Filipinos complain about the sad state of our film industry. But when a good local film comes out it doesn’t get the support it deserves. Ang Larawan, adapted from Joaquin’s Portrait of an Artist as a Filipino (1952) is as good as it gets. A friend remarked, “sadyang mababaw daw tayong mga Filipino.” I […]

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To Podcast, Podcast, Podcast!

tags: nick joaquin, quijano de manila, philippine history podcast My good ol’ buddy, Pepe Alas, and I just finished taping our first stab at podcasting. The talk was no different from the hundreds of discussions we had in the past. The only difference this time we recorded it and that we have a single topic. […]

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Education and Spanish in RP

By Pio Andrade, Jr. 1. THE BLACK LEGEND ON THE STATE OF EDUCATION (1) Filipinos in the 20th Century were repeatedly taught or told in schools and in the press, that Spain always kept their ancestors uneducated to have them ignorant and the always docile subjects of Spain. The blame was, in particular, thrown upon […]

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The Spanish Earth by Hemingway

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT8q6VAyTi8] A rare look at Spain during Franco’s time. Best of all the film’s narrated by the great American journalist-writer, Ernest Hemingway. A guy that reminds me of our very own Nick Joaquin, not so much on writing but the path they took–both seasoned journalist, both knowned for delving deep on their journalistic assignments, and, […]

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Peranakan Tsinoys?

I went to the Peranakan museum because of the local play Emily of Emerald Hill. They don’t do the play there but they have an interesting exhibit about it. The subtitle of the play was the one that really caught my attention, “Singaporean Identity on Stage”. I thought it bold. Defining something so complex as […]

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Portrait of the Artist Nick Joaquin

I knew ahead that Tony was already working on the book a few years ago. He sent an email to people that he hoped knew something interesting about Nick [though there were people that I wished he contacted]. I never replied since I don’t know the Nationalist Artist personally, but his writing. Tony Joaquin took […]

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Filipino Summer Solstice

June 22 of this year would be the longest day. The phenomenon is referred to as “summer solstice”. This reminds me of a Joaquin classic about a pagan fertility dance, called tatarin, popular during the Spanish era. It also falls in the days dedicated to the feast of Saint John the Baptist which added more […]

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Nick Joaquin & The Luna Child

Nick Joaquin is famous for his great storytelling. His biographies are all considered classics. What I enjoy about his works are the historical tidbits he puts on it. He seamlessly incorporates Filipino historiography with his illustration of old families and towns in his books and essays. How his “parokyanos” felt about his style? Probably good […]

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Why Was The Rizal Hero A CREOLE?

Since Rizal and his novel’s characters are popular once again, thanks to the recent controversies involving a popular tour guide and the Catholic hierarchy, I thought it would be nice to share this. A —- WHY WAS THE RIZAL HERO A CREOLE? In Ibarra & Simoun Flash the Two Phases of the Other, Earlier Philippine […]

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Heritage of Smallness – Another Joaquin Classic

There are probably hundreds — if not thousands (siguro milyon pa) — of essays, research and lectures about the reasons why we, Filipinos, have yet to succeed as a nation. “Heritage of Smallness” by Joaquin for me ranks among the best in terms of social and cultural criticism. It is made controversial by the fact […]

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Regarding Nick Joaquin

ROSES & THORNS By Alejandro R. Roces   (The Philippine Star) Updated November 10, 2009 12:00 AM As part of the 13th Philippine Book Development Month, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) has selected Nick Joaquin as their artist of tribute. In an age where conservation and preservation of our historic and cultural national matrimony has […]

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Ikon, Friar and Conquistador by Nick Joaquin

IKON, FRIAR AND CONQUISTADOR Nick Joaquín The Filipino is most Christian when he doubts that he is, just as the saintly are those who know they are not. A saint thinks himself the blackest of sinners; the moment he thought himself a saint he would cease to be saintly. What a Christian culture creates is […]

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