F. Sionil Jose
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Beginnings and alternative endings
by F. Sionil Jose - December 8, 2018 - 12:00am
We turn this week from high and ghastly matters that is politics to high and ghostly matters that is literature.
China does not own the West Philippine Sea
by F. Sionil Jose - December 1, 2018 - 12:00am
Much as I abhor communism, I’ve always admired Mao Zedong for having united China and for establishing the Communist Party, the major institution that drove China’s modernization.
Why I Am Angry
by F. Sionil Jose - November 24, 2018 - 12:00am
Ambeth Ocampo asked me the other day why I am still always angry.
Modernizing elites
by F. Sionil Jose - November 10, 2018 - 12:00am
In the mid-1960s, Carlos Fernandez, CEO of the shipping company Compania Maritima, invited the English historian Arnold Toynbee, to address the Columbian Club on Taft Avenue.
Marx was right. The communists were wrong
by F. Sionil Jose - November 3, 2018 - 12:00am
In a brief encounter with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle recently, we talked about the Church assuming a more activist moral position in banishing corruption.
Culture and nation
by F. Sionil Jose - October 27, 2018 - 12:00am
In the early 1980s, in the last years of the Marcos dictatorship, Dr. Klaus Zeller came to Manila as West Germany’s ambassador.
‘Loren shows us the roots of our culture’
by F. Sionil Jose - December 26, 2016 - 12:00am
(This is National Artist F. Sionil Jose’s tribute to Senator Loren Legarda when she was given her NCCA Dangal ng Haraya award.)
To the young Filipino: Read and live Rizal, because the Philippines’ future is yours to shape
by F. Sionil Jose - January 2, 2016 - 9:00am
I was 10 years old, in grade five at the Rosales Elementary School, when my teacher, Miss Soledad Oriel, handed me the Derbyshire translation of Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere.
The search for roots and justice
by F. Sionil Jose - April 4, 2015 - 10:00am
This being graduation season, thousands upon thousands of our very young will finish high school and college. For so many of them, their eyes are focused on working abroad for there is very little chance of their...
Shining a light on the Sinag Manila Film Festival
by F. Sionil Jose - March 29, 2015 - 12:00am
I was one of the jurors of the Sinag Manila film festival which closed last week. It is my second time to be a juror in a film festival.
Literature and society
by F. Sionil Jose - February 9, 2015 - 12:00am
On the invitation of Shiela de Leon, literature teacher, I was at the University of Bulacan in Malolos last week speaking to students, some of whom I knew wanted to be writers.
It is superstition, not religion
by F. Sionil Jose - January 18, 2015 - 12:00am
The Asahi Shimbun correspondent, Shibata Naoji, dropped by the shop last week to have his observations checked by this self-appointed oracle of Padre Faura.
Our heroic heritage
by F. Sionil Jose - December 29, 2014 - 12:00am
Rizal a revolutionary? This is most evident in the totality of his short life, in his two novels which affirmed his faith as well as his death warrant. 
Some Russian memories
by F. Sionil Jose - December 22, 2014 - 12:00am
The Russian Ambassador Nicolay R. Kudashev and his wife, along with his deputy Vadim V. Velikanov, dropped by last week.
Understanding culture and culture change
by F. Sionil Jose - December 8, 2014 - 12:00am
I was at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) last Tuesday for the opening of their publication shelves which exhibit books published by the Commission.
How short stories get written
by F. Sionil Jose - November 24, 2014 - 12:00am
A reader who liked my short story, “The Riddle,” which appeared in The STAR last Oct. 19, asked if it was autobiographical.
A clichéd prescription for revolution
by F. Sionil Jose - November 23, 2014 - 12:00am
It is always a pleasure to have my own barnacled ideas on politics and culture challenged so that I can refurbish them or change them altogether if, in the process of argumentation, I can see that they are no longer...
Letter from San Francisco: From the Diaspora: ‘To be Filipino is a burden’
by F. Sionil Jose - November 16, 2014 - 12:00am
It has been three years now that poor health has kept me away from visiting San Francisco, America’s most beautiful city where, as Tony Bennett rhapsodizes, I left my heart after my first visit there in 1...
The Riddle
by F. Sionil Jose - October 19, 2014 - 12:00am
It was past five in the afternoon when we reached the port.
Letter from Cotabato
by F. Sionil Jose - October 13, 2014 - 12:00am
I was in Cotabato City recently to attend a meeting of young Maguindanao leaders who planned to set up a political party in preparation for the autonomy that is being planned under the agreement with the Moro Islamic...
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