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Felino A. Palafox Jr.: Visionary architect
by F Sionil Jose - March 28, 2015 - 12:00am
Do you have a traffic plan for Manila?
Palafox on best planned cities in the world
by F Sionil Jose - March 28, 2015 - 12:00am
Rashid al Maktoum. With not enough oil to capitalize on, the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid al Maktoum borrowed money and leveraged it at his future income on oil. When the Dubai oil boom happened, the city received...
Peace, but not at any cost
by F Sionil Jose - March 22, 2015 - 12:00am
How sad that President Benigno Simeon Aquino began his term with bloodshed — the “mishandled” rescue of the Hong Kong hostages at the Luneta, and ends it with this “misencounter” in...
Felino A. Palafox Jr.: Visionary architect
by F Sionil Jose - March 21, 2015 - 12:00am
Advice to young writers at the NBS-STAR Fave Book Awards: You do not write for yourself alone
by F Sionil Jose - March 15, 2015 - 12:00am
This is an extended version of the brief remarks I made the other day at Solaire during the awarding of prizes to the winners of the “My Favorite Book, My Selfie” contest that is sponsored by National...
Memo to President P-Noy: How to resolve the Maguindanao SAF massacre
by F Sionil Jose - February 1, 2015 - 12:00am
Passions are still very high — the massacre of those 44 policemen in Maguindanao has angered many Filipinos. Many questions remain to be answered by the President himself. The MILF is culpable. The sincerity...
Envy, history, freedom and the Harley Davidson
by F Sionil Jose - January 11, 2015 - 12:00am
It is the building contractors who I envy.
Our movies should be world-class
by F Sionil Jose - January 4, 2015 - 12:00am
I had the pleasure of sitting beside Sen. Grace Poe last fortnight at the necrological rites for the late Abdulmari Imao at the Cultural Central.
Food, fiestas and Filipino vision
by F Sionil Jose - December 14, 2014 - 12:00am
The other evening, I was with Senator Loren Legarda and the maverick commentator Boy Saycon at his fabulous Spanish restaurant near the Senate. Between mouthfuls of marvelous black paella, lengua and bacalao, we...
History, remembrance & the search for home
by F Sionil Jose - September 28, 2014 - 12:00am
To that ancient question all of us are soon asked — “What is home?” — the former German Ambassador to the Philippines Klaus Zeller’s answer concludes this second volume of his autobiography:...
The moral obligation of writers
by F Sionil Jose - September 21, 2014 - 12:00am
First, the good news, particularly to all of you who teach literature courses. The retired Fil-Am academic, Dylan Dizon who is now working pro bono in the Philippine educational system, handed me this information...
Journeys & ‘Viajero’
by F Sionil Jose - September 14, 2014 - 12:00am
I often tell young people who come to me for advice about writing to go back to the classics so they will realize there is hardly anything new they can write about. Most of the great questions about life, death and...
Back to reality
by F Sionil Jose - August 17, 2014 - 12:00am
It takes a tough-minded banker to drag me back from the heights of Olympian euphoria to the harsh realities of today.
The justice system must be overhauled
by F Sionil Jose - July 20, 2014 - 12:00am
In four months I will be 90 and I thank God and my family, particularly my dear wife, for keeping me healthy. I was already in high school in Manila when Quezon was chasing the beauty queens and dividing Quezon City...
FVR on his legacy, poverty and crony politics
by F Sionil Jose - June 22, 2014 - 12:00am
The back page blurb of this magnificent book quotes me as saying, “A virtuoso performance. Scott Thompson’s biography of the soldier statesman Fidel V. Ramos illustrates the fascinating and complex geography...
Why we are so corrupt
by F Sionil Jose - June 8, 2014 - 12:00am
At lunch the other day, the cultural activist and stage star Joy Virata asked two very important questions.
Writers in their twilight
by F Sionil Jose - April 6, 2014 - 12:00am
In the last 10 years, I have been attending so many wakes, I am continually reminded that I am already in the departure lounge hoping that the flight will be delayed. Wakes are somber — even sad — events,...
‘Yabang’: Our curse and undoing
by F Sionil Jose - February 2, 2014 - 12:00am
Yabang — boasting or showing off — is almost second nature to us. In any conversation, the Filipino suddenly pauses, declares, “Modesty aside,” then relates his journey to the top, his a...
The Nobel Prize and I: Reaching for the top and not getting there
by F Sionil Jose - December 1, 2013 - 12:00am
When the Nobel Literature Prize lotto season started last Oct. 1, Victor Mather wrote in the New York Times how bookmakers in London put forward a list of odds on which writer would win the prize. Wrote Mr. Mather:...
Alas, my unhappy country!
by F Sionil Jose - November 24, 2013 - 12:00am
First, last month, a massive earthquake toppled the ancient churches in the island of Bohol, marmoreal symbols of our Spanish past which transformed, 400 years ago, a disparate and pagan people into the region’s...
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