Manila is a historic city. No doubt about that. From the time Spanish colonizers organized the city in the 16th century to today, the city, for better or worse, played a pivotal role in shaping the country’s modern history. For many historians and heritage conservation advocates, one event in Manila’s history certainly stands out. It is […]
We’ve stomped on these grounds before, with much suffering, I might add, so it befuddles me why my fellow citizens are not seeing it. By seeing I refer to patterns and themes that by all means should be familiar to us as a nation; by familiar I mean that which is not cozy and welcoming […]
Fornication’s best ambassadress will have to be Janice de Belen. In 1986, when she was still in her teens, she became pregnant by Aga Muhlach who, 17 at the time, was still a minor. According to Janice, Aga had proposed to her but she had turned him down—they were too young, she said. Good on her, […]
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you’re single, this probably is just another day for you or at least the day you’ll bemoan seeing googly-eyed couples everywhere so much that you could swear you’d puke for days. If you’re in a relationship, you envision this day with your partner showing up with a […]
The conversation anent charter change has taken a turn for the serious and you can tell by the way the newspapers are reporting it. When Presidents like Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo were suggesting overhauling the Constitution, reporters and their editors conflated their efforts into a two-syllable dance: cha-cha. It was as if […]
Fashion stalwart Pitoy Moreno dies at 92. The local fashion industry’s proverbial flag flew at half-mast following the announcement of Pitoy Moreno’s passing at approximately 2:48 pm on Monday, Jan 15 at Manila Doctor’s Hospital. Friends, colleagues, and admirers of the fashion czar paid their respects at the Sanctuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park. Moreno was buried at […]
There’s this hallowed chestnut in law which says that “what cannot be done directly cannot be done indirectly.” (It sounds more impressive in Latin, I can assure you, but we won’t get into that.) It’s an all-purpose phrase which guards against plots to circumvent prohibitions in law. Now let’s put that chestnut to work. Article […]
Erratic would be an understatement to describe the days leading to this very moment, this tranquil, chilly January dawn moment as I sit here at a hilly resort porch at the foot of the mystical Banahaw; this very moment as I type these very words with my decrepit laptop, exchanging glimpse with the green foliage […]
Imagine, if you will, Harry Roque rushing alongside President Duterte to greet the administration’s Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion Law as it crests into view. “De TRAIN, de TRAIN!” The TRAIN, signed into law by the President last December 19 and effective on the very first day of 2018, is trying to prove that it […]
So did I, not that anyone noticed, but it’s important for us women to stand together, you know, but unlike the gorgeously gowned women at the Golden Globes, I was avoiding the potholes—in flats—on the way to the office. Unlike me, the ladies at the Globes were gliding along a red carpet—in their heels. The […]
Quiapo Church timeline The Quiapo Church is formally called the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene and the Parish of St. John the Baptist. Below is the history of the church, as well as the statue of the Black Nazarene and the devotion that revolves around both the church and the statue, according to the […]
An easy-peasy pie crust recipe will call for mixing, oh, two-and-a-half cups of flour and a teaspoon of salt, to which you add butter—unsalted, if you prefer—that has been cut into small cubes. Knead the mixture until you get coarse crumbs. Then, one tablespoon at a time, add cold water and continue kneading until you […]
It is the time of the year when predictions of all shapes and sizes, progressive or apocalyptic and utterly trash, will be revealed by everyone with any ostensibly prophetic calling. Armed with silly cards or radiant white sperma candles, or swanky mall-grade crystal ball, your yearly Juan and Juana and some dude with monosyllabic last […]
Before the Japanese attacked the American naval base in Hawaii on December 8, 1941, their invasion of the Philippines was expected. By then, the Japanese had already occupied Manchuria, large portions of China. French Indochina and the island of Formosa. In Manila, the siren atop the ice plant at the south end of Quezon Bridge […]
Leila Noel left the Philippines when her hometown Bansalan in Davao del Sur did not have electricity yet. “This was in the late 1970s when the country had to grapple with the oil crisis,” she recalled. “I practically grew up without electricity. When I was in high school, I remember using the kerosene lamp while studying. It seemed to […]
I’ve been wanting to devote a column to the happy betrothal of Harry Windsor and Meghan Markle. The Prince and the Showgirl was long overdue for a reboot—the last was between Rainier of Monaco and Grace Kelly, the glacier-cool heroine of many a Hitchcock film. Cupid tinkered a bit with the casting this time because […]
Some half a century ago, a certain Chilean poet and Nobel laureate goes by the name Pablo Neruda penned a modern classic titled “Puedo escribir los versos más tristes esta noche” or more popularly known to English language-enslaved tongues as “Tonight I can write the saddest lines.” Embedded in the poem is a line, perhaps […]
Journalist Rolando “Rolly” Espina passed away peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 surrounded by children and grandchildren in his home in Bacolod City. He was 84. Rolly was born on Aug. 23, 1933 in Escalante, Negros Occidental, the eldest of six children born to Fulgencio Espina, an artist from Cebu, and Gracia Lopez, a niece […]
Once you start a boulder rolling downhill, there is no hope of stopping it. It is equally hopeless to push it back uphill as some Greek guy tried to a millennia ago but there was just no way. When Rodrigo Duterte formally terminated negotiations with the Left, the boulder was teetering on the edge; it […]
Long-time megapolis dwellers will surely agree with me: Those were the days when the now obsolete time measure exists in the Metro—a time span of three hours in the morning and another three hours in the afternoon creeping toward the evening. It was ironically called the rush hour (singular), when everyone on the road seemed […]
It’s tough to get around the metropolis because of the massive traffic brought about by the Christmas rush. Just going through the daily grind of getting to work on time is a struggle. And when you add to the equation the time spent just to get home in one piece, the idea of getting some […]
Utter nonsense is what it is, all this talk about establishing a revolutionary government. I spewed my morning latté all over my blouse when I read in the papers that supporters of Rodrigo Duterte were rallying for him to establish a “revolutionary” government, cries that the President was doing little to quell. No one can […]
At the entrance of the tree-lined park, the shiny black granite wall is farthest from view. Closer is the imposing 14-meter bronze statue of a woman with flowing hair, her right hand in the act of lifting a fallen man while her outstretched left hand reaches for the sky. It is the afternoon of November […]
The proof is in the protractor. When President Duterte describes himself as a “left-leaning” President, be advised not to take his words at face value; rather, they should be brought to the test. He should be made to stand 90° to the ground and then a measurement taken to determine how many degrees he deviates from […]
On the morning of October 27, 1948, Wednesday, a heavy smog settled down over the area surrounding Donora, Pennsylvania in the United States. Weathermen described it as “a temperature inversion” and was so thick that it evoked comments from the residents. According to the public health bulletin issued by the US Public Health Service, “the streamers […]
At the tail-end of the ASEAN Summit here in Manila some weeks ago, we witnessed, mostly on social media platforms, a minor bickering by a certain “major blogger.” In gist, what transpired was a derring-do of this self-assuming major political blogger to a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Southeast Asia correspondent who initially seemed to be […]
WHEN YOU FIND you’re awake and you’re up on your feet, the first thing you notice is that your watch is partly broken—the hands unmoving; the crown, for some reason, a bit stiff, the crystal face smashed in like the shell of an egg. A small part of your pride is stricken for your beloved […]
The advanced movie screening at the Center Square Cinemas in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City also served as a venue where the PDP Laban Cares gave recognition to some of the veterans of the five-month battle by personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for Marawi […]
Eastwood Richmonde Hotel opens the tracks once more for a delightful ride with lip-smacking goodies this season! Hop in The Lounge’s Christmas Gingerbread Train and indulge in Richmonde’s rich, creamy, chocolaty goodies and savory holiday treats up for grabs starting November 24. Satisfy your sweet cravings with creations like the Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (P255) […]
We have seen the changing of the official mouthpiece guard at the Palace. From the soft-spoken, interpretation-heavy baritone of a former pastor now ex-Secretary Ernesto Abella, to the would-be hollow block-throwing lawyer and marginalized group representative, Atty. Harry Roque. But among the voices continuously being heard from the Palace chambers, there is of course the […]
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