F. Sionil Jose
F. Sionil Jose
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I have seen it all… almost
by F. Sionil Jose - November 29, 2021 - 12:00am
In 1949, when I joined the old Manila Times, I got to edit its Sunday magazine – then the largest in the country.
The modernization of our Armed Forces
by F. Sionil Jose - November 22, 2021 - 12:00am
Test of Will: Next time the Chinese water cannon our ships, we must respond immediately in kind.
To the young writer
by F. Sionil Jose - November 15, 2021 - 12:00am
From way back, I am often asked questions on how to write.
Collaboration and Artemio Ricarte
by F. Sionil Jose - November 8, 2021 - 12:00am
As the 2022 election year approaches, many old questions will be revived, among them the collaboration of our leaders with our colonizers, all the way down through history, including the Philippine-American War...
by F. Sionil Jose - November 1, 2021 - 12:00am
One of my most memorable encounters with academics happened in the late 1960s in New York when the New York University Professor Frank Traeger, a Southeast Asian specialist, introduced me to Karl A. Wittfogel.
by F. Sionil Jose - October 25, 2021 - 12:00am
I am awed by Bill Gates’ multimillion-dollar house, its enormity, its high-tech gadgets, its security systems.
Ubi Boni Tacent Malum Prosperat
by F. Sionil Jose - October 18, 2021 - 12:00am
I apologize for the very personal nature of this column.
Bienvenido Lumbera: The writer as public intellectual
by F. Sionil Jose - October 11, 2021 - 12:00am
Bienvenido Lumbera, National Artist, died last week. At a recent convocation in Diliman where he was present, I said of all the Filipino writers I know, it is him I envy the most. Much earlier, I told him this.
History is not the judge
by F. Sionil Jose - October 4, 2021 - 12:00am
As the Marcoses slither back to Malacañang, in this election season, they and their allies are revising history they claim the crimes of Ferdinand Marcos will be cleansed by time.
Homage to Ramon Sy
by F. Sionil Jose - September 27, 2021 - 12:00am
Another pillar of Philippine society passed away last week. Ramon Sy rose from poverty to be a brilliant banker concerned with our development into a just and sovereign nation.
Growing old usefully
by F. Sionil Jose - September 20, 2021 - 12:00am
Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban in his recent column noted how one can really grow old gracefully.
How to be a good public speaker
by F. Sionil Jose - September 13, 2021 - 12:00am
Excuse me, but to write this week’s column, I am not passing myself off as an exemplary public speaker; but on so many occasions, I have been paid to lecture.
For a revolutionary party
by F. Sionil Jose - September 6, 2021 - 12:00am
As the 2022 election year approaches, perhaps it is time to reexamine our political parties closely and how they have failed to create a truly provident state that provides Filipinos with justice.
After Afghanistan
by F. Sionil Jose - August 30, 2021 - 12:00am
What has happened in Afghanistanho does not directly affect us. It affects the United States, and how America then reacts in a manner that will affect its relationship with its allies us.
Ideology vs. the national interest
by F. Sionil Jose - August 23, 2021 - 12:00am
The front pages of the newspapers showing Afghans crowding the airport of Kabul and fleeing the city in fear for their lives in the impending Taliban takeover brings back memories of Vietnamese fleeing from Saigon...
Beautiful Bhutan
by F. Sionil Jose - August 16, 2021 - 12:00am
This Monday, let me draw you away from the frenetic politicking in the country and take you to a distant and beautiful country in the roof of the world, the Himalayas.
Our presidents and their women
by F. Sionil Jose - August 9, 2021 - 12:00am
The Akademyang Filipino has scheduled a conference on the presidency. Because of my physical condition, I won’t be able to attend the conference.
Conclusive endings When does a writer end a story or a novel?
by F. Sionil Jose - August 2, 2021 - 12:00am
There is no rigid rule here. In my case, I end the story or a novel when the dilemma or problem is resolved, when the hero dies. I like my stories and novels to end conclusively with bells ringing and canons booming,...
Manny Pacquiao, Isko Moreno for 2022
by F. Sionil Jose - July 26, 2021 - 12:00am
Dear Manny Pacquiao. This is my third column about you this year. I am not even your fan. My instinct tells me you are sincere and you want to do good via politics. Well and good, so read me carefully.
Lost in America: Remembering Morli Dharam
by F. Sionil Jose - July 19, 2021 - 12:00am
By my lights, he was the best writer of my generation, but hardly anyone today knows of him.
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