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HINDSIGHT By F Sionil Jose
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Two cheers for the young
by HINDSIGHT By F Sionil Jose - April 15, 2007 - 12:00am
This is the time of the year when thousands of young Filipinos finish college, don their togas and listen to the mesmerizing blather of commencement speakers. Everything has been said before, the challenge...
Desperate hero
by HINDSIGHT By F Sionil Jose - April 1, 2007 - 12:00am
The man who held hostage a busload of kids the other day is not a heel — he is a desperate hero. Yes, he is guilty of abduction, of having explosives and...
A nostalgia for Spain
by HINDSIGHT By F Sionil Jose - February 4, 2007 - 12:00am
Authentic Though Not Exotic–Essays On Filipino Identity By Fernando Zialcita Ateneo de Manila University Press, 340pp
Media and social justice
by HINDSIGHT By F Sionil Jose - January 7, 2007 - 12:00am
The best way – perhaps the only way – to start any discussion is to define the terms we use. This is not to obfuscate a discourse, even lengthen it so that we get lost in labyrinthine definitions....
Pioneers in Philippine art
by HINDSIGHT By F Sionil Jose - October 29, 2006 - 12:00am
Last October 20, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco opened an exhibit of these three painters, billed as "Pioneers of Philippine Art" – this according to the Ayala Museum which sent the...
Pioneers in Philippine art
by HINDSIGHT By F Sionil Jose - October 29, 2006 - 12:00am
Last October 20, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco opened an exhibit of these three painters, billed as "Pioneers of Philippine Art" – this according to the Ayala Museum which sent the...
Magsaysay: An earnest look at a legend
by HINDSIGHT By F Sionil Jose - September 10, 2006 - 12:00am
When Eugenia Duran Apostol received the Magsaysay Award for Journalism last week, she made public for the first time what many in my generation believed – that the plane crash in March 1957 which killed...
Letter from Tokyo, II: Yasukuni, Yakuza, yesterday
by HINDSIGHT By F Sionil Jose - July 2, 2006 - 12:00am
What distinguishes Tokyo from other prosperous Western cities are its crows – hundreds of them, big black ubiquitous birds that caw even in the quietest dawn. They are like the natives – unobtrusive, not...
Letter from Tokyo
by HINDSIGHT By F Sionil Jose - June 25, 2006 - 12:00am
More than 50 years ago, I visited Japan for the first time. I remember only too well the images of the country at the time. But first, Manila was then the city in Southeast Asia. Our airport was in its primitive...
Dining, writing, bitching in the Lion City
by HINDSIGHT By F Sionil Jose - April 23, 2006 - 12:00am
My wife and I just returned from a two-week brush with the literati and the delicious food of Singapore, thanks to Singapore Management University’s Kirpal Singh and the dean of its School of Economics and...
How do you solve a problem like the Moro?
by HINDSIGHT By F Sionil Jose - February 20, 2005 - 12:00am
UNDER THE CRESCENT MOON: REBELLION IN MINDANAO By Marites Danguilan Vitug and Glenda M. Gloria Ateneo Center for Social Policy and Public Affairs and Institute for Popular Democracy, Quezon City
Celebrating Mass onstage
by HINDSIGHT By F Sionil Jose - February 6, 2005 - 12:00am
This Sunday’s Hindsight is unabashedly self-serving, and I can justify it only because, objectively, it is interesting and newsworthy. When the Cultural Center of the Philippine’s Tanghalang Pilipino curtains...
ALTANGHAP!
by HINDSIGHT By F Sionil Jose - November 7, 2004 - 12:00am
The single meal that the poorest Filipino eats at noon is called altanghap – short for almusal, tanghalian and hapunan. This, if he can scrounge for one. It is usually boiled saba (green bananas) dipped in salted...
Going global by staying home
by HINDSIGHT By F Sionil Jose - October 24, 2004 - 12:00am
Some years back, I wrote a stinging criticism on the Philippine participation at an ASEAN Dance Festival in Manila. The late Bing Roxas, president of the Cultural Center excoriated me and questioned my credentials....
We deserve Imelda
by HINDSIGHT By F Sionil Jose - August 1, 2004 - 12:00am
I am not going to see the documentary Imelda, in spite of all the ruckus it has raised and the urgings of friends who saw it. "When she speaks," says one, "you are wondering if she is serious or touched...
A HAPPY NOVEL FOR A CHANGE
by HINDSIGHT By F Sionil Jose - July 11, 2004 - 12:00am
A distinguished lecturer complained the other day that while my novels make wonderful reading, they are all depressing. Isn’t it time that I wrote a "happy" novel? Still another academic who uses my...
Our nation, our future
by HINDSIGHT By F Sionil Jose - July 4, 2004 - 12:00am
(Conclusion) Continuing the Solidaridad mini seminar on our future, Elfren S. Cruz, professor of Strategic Management at De La Salle University, Graduate School of Business and columnist of a business daily, came...
Our country, our future
by HINDSIGHT By F Sionil Jose - June 28, 2004 - 12:00am
Carl Lande, the American scholar who has devoted much of his life to the study of Philippine political culture, observed recently, before the national elections, that "the Philippines, particularly its leaders,...
WHOSE FAULT IS IT?
by HINDSIGHT By F Sionil Jose - June 13, 2004 - 12:00am
As millions of young people troop again to the schools this season, these thoughts come to mind, thoughts which I would like to share not just with the youth and their teachers, but most of all, with the children...
We have the sailors, but where are the ships?
by HINDSIGHT By F Sionil Jose - June 7, 2004 - 12:00am
In the Fifties when he was director of the National Library, the historian Carlos Quirino talked with me about the origins of Philippine cartography. He himself had collected a lot of old maps showing our country...
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