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F. Sionil Jose
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The legacy of Ramon Magsaysay
by F. Sionil Jose - March 23, 2019 - 12:00am
It was during the early 1950s, when I was writing a series of articles on our agrarian problem, that I met then National Defense Secretary Ramon Magsaysay.
Kit Tatad and the old Manila Times
by F. Sionil Jose - March 16, 2019 - 12:00am
I also read Kit Tatad’s last column for The Manila Times, and the rebuttal of the paper’s publisher, Dante Ang.
Nationalism and survival
by F. Sionil Jose - March 9, 2019 - 12:00am
In Berlin, in June 1960, Raul Manglapus and I had lunch with Robert Oppenheimer, one of the scientists who created the atomic bomb. He was soft-spoken, tall, with sandy hair.
Our pitiful movies
by F. Sionil Jose - March 2, 2019 - 12:00am
I have been watching movies since I was a boy in that small town where I grew up.
Carlos Chan, Filipino entrepreneur
by F. Sionil Jose - February 23, 2019 - 12:00am
I first heard of Carlos Chan from Ramon Sy, a self-made man and the Cavite banker who breathed new life into the moribund Coco Bank.
The folk and art
by F. Sionil Jose - February 16, 2019 - 12:00am
Nick Lizaso, president of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, told me that the Cultural Center sent the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra to Iloilo as part of its program to bring music and art to the regions...
The logic of love
by F. Sionil Jose - February 9, 2019 - 12:00am
It is the most profound of human emotions.
An Ilokano’s notes on fancy dining
by F. Sionil Jose - February 2, 2019 - 12:00am
I grew up Ilokano and Ilokano food is very austere – everything is simply boiled, broiled, or eaten raw.
Ego — the enemy
by F. Sionil Jose - January 26, 2019 - 12:00am
In a sense, all of us are egoists, particularly those of us who are writers because we are in everything we write and our personal memories are our best assets.
Can we still trust America?
by F. Sionil Jose - January 19, 2019 - 12:00am
The surveys continue to conclude that we trust the United States but we don’t trust China. For all the good will most of us feel towards America, it is time we subject this conclusion to further scrutiny.
Pax Americana
by F. Sionil Jose - January 12, 2019 - 12:00am
Vernon Loeb, his wife Pat, and their four grown children dropped by the bookshop the other day, and we reminisced about the Manila of 25 years ago, when Vernon was based here as Philadelphia Inquirer correspondent....
Lessons from Marawi
by F. Sionil Jose - January 5, 2019 - 12:00am
Marawi, Mindanao’s brightest jewel of a city but now a wasteland, is a stark reminder to any secessionist movement that this country cannot be dismembered.
You don’t have to be communist to make revolution
by F. Sionil Jose - December 29, 2018 - 12:00am
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines and its revolutionary army, the New People’s Army, which has engaged in the longest-running communist insurgency in the world....
Memories of Christmas past
by F. Sionil Jose - December 22, 2018 - 12:00am
The coming of Christmas in the old hometown was announced by the land itself.
Literature, criticism, and nation
by F. Sionil Jose - December 15, 2018 - 12:00am
Literature is important, not so much because it is entertainment but because it brightens our humdrum lives.
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.
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