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F. Sionil Jose
F. Sionil Jose
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Our literary heritage
by F. Sionil Jose - June 21, 2021 - 12:00am
Last fortnight, our thoughtful Ambassador to Beijing, Mr. Chito Sta. Romana, asked me and the poet, Luisa Igloria, to speak at a seminar on our literary legacy. I thank him for this. This is what I said:
Why Duterte
by F. Sionil Jose - June 14, 2021 - 12:00am
I got a lot of flak over my recent statement that Duterte may yet be the best president we ever had next to Magsaysay.
Our people’s army
by F. Sionil Jose - June 7, 2021 - 12:00am
When we celebrate the 75th anniversary of our independence next week, we can be happy and relieved that this pandemic hasn’t destroyed us, although it did a lot of damage.
Kinky sex by Japanese writers
by F. Sionil Jose - May 31, 2021 - 12:00am
I was very fortunate to have met Edward Seidensticker when he visited Manila in the late 1950s.
Justice for Palestine
by F. Sionil Jose - May 24, 2021 - 12:00am
Israel was introduced to me in 1955 by Edith Coliver, the Asia Foundation representative who was posted in many Asian countries including the Philippines.
Writing the land
by F. Sionil Jose - May 17, 2021 - 12:00am
Barrio Cabugawan is an Ilokano farming village where I grew up. My childhood playmates were farm boys.
Wisdom from my doctors
by F. Sionil Jose - May 10, 2021 - 12:00am
Whenever I visit my doctors, I try to sound them off on current problems that bedevil us.
Independence
by F. Sionil Jose - May 3, 2021 - 12:00am
"Only those with independent means can afford independent views.” Virginia Woolf, the English writer, stated this truism.
The Marcos gold after Duterte
by F. Sionil Jose - April 26, 2021 - 12:00am
In their feverish reach for power, the Marcoses have revived the fantasy that the former dictator had stashed in foreign vaults more than a thousand tons of gold, as Imelda claims, for the good of the Filipino people...
Manila becoming
by F. Sionil Jose - April 19, 2021 - 12:00am
I chanced upon Vice Mayor Maria Sheilah Lacuna-Pangan last week, and she recounted what they are doing in City Hall to restore Manila’s ancient grandeur and, more than anything, to survive this pandemic.
Mario Miclat: The light that dimmed and China
by F. Sionil Jose - April 12, 2021 - 12:00am
Mario Miclat, distinguished Diliman writer and political science and history professor, passed away last week.
History: Forgeries, fictions
by F. Sionil Jose - April 5, 2021 - 12:00am
I recently posted on Facebook that it was a Cebuano, Enrique, who was the first to go around the world. I am very glad that the post evoked so many replies, informing me that we are indeed interested in our own...
Quit Manny Quit
by F. Sionil Jose - March 29, 2021 - 12:00am
I wrote about you in this column a few months back predicting that if elections were held at that time, you would have easily won because of your vast popularity.
The Manila that was
by F. Sionil Jose - March 22, 2021 - 12:00am
For the first time in a year, I went around Manila last week, and I tried the new skyway which connects the North Luzon expressway to the South Luzon expressway.
Why collaboration… and now China
by F. Sionil Jose - March 15, 2021 - 12:00am
Collaboration with the imperialist, the victor in war, is a common fact in history.
Happiness
by F. Sionil Jose - March 8, 2021 - 12:00am
Many of us spend a large chunk of our life in this elusive quest.
The oligarchy as modernizing elite
by F. Sionil Jose - March 1, 2021 - 12:00am
Elites are an ordinary fact of life.
Notable books
by F. Sionil Jose - February 22, 2021 - 12:00am
F. Sionil Jose's recommendations for reading.
Magsaysay and the Huks
by F. Sionil Jose - February 15, 2021 - 12:00am
Kasen Aboitiz is finishing his thesis in political science at Brown University in Rhode Island, USA.
Pain
by F. Sionil Jose - February 8, 2021 - 12:00am
This being a month for celebrating the arts, please bear with me for indulging the ego.
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