Dunce. Noun. An individual slow at learning. A stupid person. Reminds me of this cartoonish image of a boy, at once presumed disobedient or lacking in intellect, a bully for the most part, sitting in a corner while wearing a pointy hat resembling the Ku Klux Clan’s. On that hat is painted the word “dunce”. […]
Raising children: it’s not for the faint of heart. To me, the most agonizing of parents’ responsibilities to their kids are not the steady string of expenses for food and education, or the seraphic patience one needs to inculcate values into their young lives, even the daily sacrifices where time and attention are always desperately […]
Time and again, we’ve seen and been told what it was like for a woman to live in a man’s world. Allow me, therefore, to rephrase the question: what’s it like for this man, meaning me, one raised by women, to live in a man’s world? Naturally, one would well be advised to first dig […]
I woke up last week, the 24th of January, faced with a world where my hero-writer Ursula K. Le Guin is dead. It was the first bit of news I received when I opened my tablet to check the time. I strolled past the shelves into the bathroom in a daze and a tad teary-eyed, […]
In the end, freedom needs no logic, no reason. It is man’s fate, his ultimate destiny. There is no insurmountable barrier to this desire to be free. No dictator’s lash, no tyrant’s sword can halt this striving for it is man’s pre-determined purpose, entwined with every fiber in his being, a programmed culmination, the butterfly […]
Death and taxes, the two most common occurrences on this benighted planet, are also the most mysterious and inexplicable—respectively. Let’s face it. Death comes regardless of our body’s ability to renew itself. It takes but a matter of days for blood, bone, skin, muscle, and even hair follicles to renew themselves. In fact, based on […]
“[T]he need for independent, courageous, trustworthy journalism is as great as it’s ever been.”—G. Sulzberger, Publisher, The New York Times Reading Sulzberger’s New Year’s message in The New York Times reminds me of my own introduction to the Philippines Graphic as its editor back in 2009. It has been an enlightening and challenging nine […]
I have come to terms that the world I once knew—that carefree, brutally nuanced yet distinctly unafraid, sun-kissed planet—is no more. I didn’t see it coming. It’s as if some ancient alien circulated a memo while I was out for a cig. I didn’t notice the creeping changes till they slapped me in the face. […]
Extrajudicial killing. EJK. I know. This is hardly the topic befitting the holidays. However, in light of what some people had raised recently, it got me wondering: is it true that the Lord Jesus Christ, whose birth we recall and celebrate at Christmas, was a victim of extrajudicial killing? We have been reminded time and […]
Roughly 700,000 children put at risk due to a previous administration’s decision to use a highly-criticized dengue vaccine. More than 10,000 killed in Duterte’s drug war. Close to 50 youngsters murdered by vigilante groups. Increasing cases of sexual assault, misogyny and rape. Renewed fighting between government forces and New People’s Army rebels. Religious leaders of […]
The hashtag #MeToo campaign is something to marvel at. I’m glad people are coming out with their testimonies against sexual assault or harassment. It’s unprecedented what’s happening all around the globe. This reminded me of several instances where, as juror in contests between school publications nationwide, I came across what seemed like admissions or cases […]
That night, the soup tasted of corpses. ~ Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, “Night” I waited for this thin volume to arrive for nearly a month. It was a book I have longed to read: Night by Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel. I stumbled on it via a social media book dealer to whom I […]
In my career as a writer, editor and journalist of a little over three decades, I thought I had seen and heard it all. On this account, sometimes it pays to be proven wrong. I have learned all these years that some issues remain simple and easy to understand and explain; others, more difficult, if […]
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