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Adulthood
by Bianca Locsin - March 23, 2014 - 12:00am
When I turned 35 my best friend told me I had officially, by UN standards, entered adulthood. As an avid reader of historical romances, I found myself aghast, to use romance novel terms, at the realization that at...
Let us now praise famous men
by Bianca Locsin - March 9, 2014 - 12:00am
The title for this essay came to me as I mulled over what to write about this week.
What do you see? A sort of review of the play ‘Red’
by Bianca Locsin - February 16, 2014 - 12:00am
At the beginning of the play Red, Marcus Rothkowitz, better known to the world as Mark Rothko, asks the nervous young man who has just started working as his assistant, “What do you see?”
Women’s words
by Bianca Locsin - February 2, 2014 - 12:00am
I read a fair bit but no more than friends who are avid readers. Maybe it is laziness or maybe it is a weakness of mind but the ability to concentrate on a book has eluded me for years. In the past four years only...
Sports, passion, life
by Bianca Locsin - January 12, 2014 - 12:00am
Four years ago, Manny Pacquiao knocked out Ricky “Hitman” Hatton in the second round of their bout at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. Manny was at the height of his powers then, Ricky attempting to disprove...
This land
by Bianca Locsin - December 29, 2013 - 12:00am
Flat blue skies dotted with white clouds. Skies flaming at dusk. Water as clear as white diamonds or the color of jade or so blue it pains the heart. It really depends where you are. Glittering black volcanic s...
Four days in Yangon
by Bianca Locsin - December 15, 2013 - 12:00am
Yangon today reminds me of China in the early ’90s when the latter had just decided to open up to capitalism and the West.  Just 20 years ago the main form of transport for the average Beijing resident...
A day at the museum
by Bianca Locsin - November 24, 2013 - 12:00am
Every couple of months, as an antidote to boredom, I drag friends on a circuit of Manila art museums. For modern art, we visit the Ayala Museum and the Ateneo Art Gallery.
A method for madness
by Bianca Locsin - November 10, 2013 - 12:00am
It has been a while since I have thought of myself as kind of mad. There was a time, a dark time in my 20s when I thought I was sliding into it, thoughts rushing through my mind uncontrollably, like a torrent and,...
Learning to let go
by Bianca Locsin - October 27, 2013 - 12:00am
A few years ago, while spending a day with a troubled teenager as part of a mentoring program, I ended up paired with a forbidding looking 16-year-old, someone who looked like she had definite opinions.
A life with books
by Bianca Locsin - October 13, 2013 - 12:00am
To illustrate my father’s relationship, or, should I say, obsession with books, I often relate the story of how Winnie Monsod, then on an official trip with President Corazon Aquino along with my father, opened...
Metro Manila: In the claws of the city
by Bianca Locsin - September 29, 2013 - 12:00am
A friend whose family runs a film school in France was at Cannes early this year and wrote to tell me that: “word around Cannes is that the Philippines is making good films again.”  It’s certainly...
Into great silence
by Bianca Locsin - September 15, 2013 - 12:00am
The website of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert in New Mexico states that the road which leads to it from Route 84 is either one mile north from the Echo Amphitheatre or south from Ghost Ranch, depending on...
On style
by Bianca Locsin - September 1, 2013 - 12:00am
When one of my friends first met my mother he asked me if she was an artist. She was dressed in what I like to call her version of Joseph’s Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.  “No,” I responded...
The long road to revolution
by Bianca Locsin - August 25, 2013 - 12:00am
I am writing this as our capital begins to dry after a monsoon drenching. Just another year when the Marikina river overflows, thousands do their annual trek through dirty water to temporary shelter, intrepid rescuers...
The stories we tell
by Bianca Locsin - August 18, 2013 - 12:00am
I hate him,” my sister said. “Why?” I asked, puzzled. Given that it was my world that had exploded, I thought I should have been the one feeling extreme emotion.
A woman’s education
by Bianca Locsin - August 4, 2013 - 12:00am
Autopia is a place that does not and cannot exist. Based on impossibly high ideals, utopias are usually only mentioned in fiction.
No dress rehearsals
by Bianca Locsin - July 21, 2013 - 12:00am
We only get one shot to make an impression, no run-throughs to figure out what does and doesn’t work, just the actual show.
100% pure love
by Bianca Locsin - June 30, 2013 - 12:00am
If you’re lucky in life, one day someone will sit across from you and break your heart.
Teodoro M. Locsin: Poet, fighter, writer, grandfather
by Bianca Locsin - July 28, 2010 - 12:00am
His father was a poet, I have been told, but to me it will always be my grandfather who gave birth to and nurtured our family’s love affair with the English language.
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