F. Sionil Jose
F. Sionil Jose
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Loyalty in the time of pandemic crisis
by F. Sionil Jose - April 6, 2020 - 12:00am
Way back in the early 1960s, Ulli Beier, the director of the Institute of Papua New Guinea Culture, gifted me with a trip to the Trobriand islands deep in the South Pacific a two hour C-47 flight from Moresby.
Memories of my mother
by F. Sionil Jose - March 30, 2020 - 12:00am
My mother, Sofia Sionil, was born on Sept. 30, 1900. Her parents were Ilokano settlers in Rosales, Pangasinan. I called her Inang.
Folk medicine What this coronavirus pandemic teaches us
by F. Sionil Jose - March 23, 2020 - 12:00am
I had an interesting conversation with the young medical anthropologist and columnist, Gideon Lasco, the other day.
William Dar and our food insecurity
by F. Sionil Jose - March 16, 2020 - 12:00am
The other day, I dropped by the office of William Dar, the Secretary of Agriculture, to inquire about how he is facing his problem which is actually this country’s most serious—our food insecurity.
A People’s Initiative for the VFA HINDSIGHT
by F. Sionil Jose - March 9, 2020 - 12:00am
The President’s abrogation of the VFA with the United States is a disaster.
I am not proud of Intramuros
by F. Sionil Jose - March 2, 2020 - 12:00am
The Instituto Cervantes sponsored a forum last fortnight on Intramuros and the efforts to preserve it.
Cultural Notes
by F. Sionil Jose - February 24, 2020 - 12:00am
What to See
Remembering Paris and Albert Camus
by F. Sionil Jose - February 17, 2020 - 12:00am
Last week, my German translator, Markus Ruckstuhl, introduced me to French expats, Ron Mage, Roger Ferrari, Olivier Motte, and their Filipina wives.
Hermogenes Esperon on national security
by F. Sionil Jose - February 10, 2020 - 12:00am
Last week, I visited National Security Adviser, General Hermogenes Esperon, former Chief of Staff of our Armed Forces. He was appointed by President Duterte in May 2017, a fitting recognition for his services to...
My Carabao English
by F. Sionil Jose - February 3, 2020 - 12:00am
Way back in the 1980s, when my fiction in English was already translated into so many foreign languages, I was criticized for my “Carabao” English, that it wasn’t English enough.
Big Business versus President Duterte
by F. Sionil Jose - January 27, 2020 - 12:00am
By the mid-1960s, as information officer of the Colombo Plan Bureau, I had already travelled extensively in the Asian region, and being an old journalist interested in history and modernization, I had seen many of...
The Chinese Connection II
by F. Sionil Jose - January 20, 2020 - 12:00am
When I first met Wong HowMan, the peripatetic Hong Kong writer explorer, he had just been from a meeting with some local Filipino-Chinese.
Writing the Revolution
by F. Sionil Jose - January 13, 2020 - 12:00am
I cannot explain my fascination with the Basques and with Spain maybe because we were a Spanish colony and there is so much of Spain in all of us; maybe because I read Don Quixote when I was ten years old and that...
State, stake, and Mabini
by F. Sionil Jose - January 6, 2020 - 12:00am
That brilliant technocrat and hands-on politician, Gilbert Teodoro dropped by the other day and we continued our dialogue on politics and the state.
Recovering Rizal
by F. Sionil Jose - December 30, 2019 - 12:00am
It was my grandfather who introduced me to Jose Rizal when I was maybe six or seven years old.
A thought for Christmas
by F. Sionil Jose - December 23, 2019 - 12:00am
En me hambre, mando yo. In my hunger I command.
Our world tomorrow
by F. Sionil Jose - December 16, 2019 - 12:00am
As a new decade approaches, let us pause and let the big thoughts come; we focus on the forest and not the trees, their leaves and their roots.
Before the curtain falls
by F. Sionil Jose - December 9, 2019 - 12:00am
When I got to be 90, I had to cut down on my social climbing because my knees were failing.
Channel 7’s Felipe L. Gozon
by F. Sionil Jose - December 2, 2019 - 12:00am
When Felipe L. Gozon marks his 80th birthday on Sunday, he will be riled by having to make a choice from two options.
A memoir of Tokyo in the fifties
by F. Sionil Jose - November 25, 2019 - 12:00am
My real consciousness of Japan started in December 1941 when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. That consciousness turned to loathing in the three years that we were brutalized during the Japanese Occupation.
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