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Giving wings to all who wish to fly
by John L. Silva - August 28, 2011 - 12:00am
An hour before landing at Clark International Airport, AirAsia Philippines CEO Maan Hontiveros was combing her hair, adjusting her red AirAsia blouse and walking up the aisle to the cockpit to have a word with the...
Why I like old photographs
by John L. Silva - June 26, 2011 - 12:00am
People always wonder about my fascination with old photographs.
Neglected Americana on a Philippine hillside
by John L. Silva - October 10, 2010 - 12:00am
Thirty well-worn cemetery plots with unusual markers are scattered along pine-shaded hillside pathways in the former American military “rest and recreation” base called Camp John Hay in Baguio City.
Memories of the Archipelago
by John L. Silva - September 6, 2009 - 12:00am
If Valeria Cavestany had her way, she’d also be her country’s tourism ambassador. She’s firstly, though, a painter/sculptor whose exhibitions in various parts of the world touch on oriental and...
Photographs and memories
by John L. Silva - July 28, 2009 - 12:00am
Collecting photographs appeals to people who love history, are curious about the past and who like photography.
Lost And Found
by John L. Silva - May 4, 2008 - 12:00am
What an incredible year this has been! I liken it to looking up to the night sky and seeing millions of glittering stars. They were all just beautiful stars until October last, when it turned out, one of those stars...
The Consummate Woman
by John L. Silva - January 13, 2008 - 12:00am
Arts Not War
by John L. Silva - April 15, 2007 - 12:00am
We were checking out very early in the mor-ning in Zamboanga to catch our flight. My porter gingerly carried my laptop and lcd projector to the hotel van, asking if I was headed back to Manila. No,...
Filipiniana In Madrid
by John L. Silva - June 25, 2006 - 12:00am
"Filipiniana", an extensive arts, cultural, and historical exhibition opened last May 11, 2006, at Centro Conde Duque in Madrid. The Centro was thronged with visitors led by Philippine Ambassador Joseph...
After the big M, are you still hot?
by John L. Silva - April 2, 2006 - 12:00am
Everything’s coming out these days. From Vagina Monologues to Brokeback Mountain. No topic is taboo anymore and in a way, life’s become a lot more revealing and honest.
Glenn’s path to graduation
by John L. Silva - June 5, 2005 - 12:00am
It was the ungodly hour of 4:30 in the morning, and Glenn, our household help, needed a tie. An expensive Jim Thompson silk tie of all things. Jonathan dutifully did as asked while I jumped into the shower to get...
Memorials to war paeans to peace
by John L. Silva - April 5, 2005 - 12:00am
Editor’s note: The nation marks Bataan Day on Saturday, April 9, on which day in 1942 the Allied stronghold fell to the Japanese, a crucial turning point of the war in the Pacific. STARweek contributing writer...
Memorials to war Paeans to Peace
by John L. Silva - April 3, 2005 - 12:00am
Editor’s note: The nation marks Bataan Day on Saturday, April 9, on which day in 1942 the Allied stronghold fell to the Japanese, a crucial turning point of the war in the Pacific. STARweek contributing writer...
An Ilocano son returns
by John L. Silva - March 29, 2005 - 12:00am
I’ve seen the rugged coastline and turquoise waters of Northern Luzon many times, but always from a plane 39,000 feet above on its way to or leaving Manila. Joining up recently with a Museum Foundation of the...
An Ilocano son returns
by John L. Silva - March 27, 2005 - 12:00am
I’ve seen the rugged coastline and turquoise waters of Northern Luzon many times, but always from a plane 39,000 feet above on its way to or leaving Manila. Joining up recently with a Museum Foundation of the...
Remembering those who died ...and those who still live
by John L. Silva - February 13, 2005 - 12:00am
The yearly memorial to the end of Japanese occupation in the philippines occurs in the month of February. The weather is temperate, there is a constant cool breeze and the light is still not so harsh. It is a...
Xtra large can be sexy
by John L. Silva - January 9, 2005 - 12:00am
My first encounter with a Fernando Botero was in the early seventies. His paintings and drawings of portly Latin American generals, medals weighing on their uniforms looking like pompous buffoons, resonated with...
All the things MOMA taught me
by John L. Silva - December 12, 2004 - 12:00am
People had begun to line up in front of the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) as early as six that morning. After having been closed for the past two years, with only a temporary museum in Long Island City, and a reconstruction...
Take me to St. Louis, Take me to the Fair!
by John L. Silva - October 31, 2004 - 12:00am
THIS YEAR IS THE CENTENARY OF THE ST. LOUIS World’s Fair held in St. Louis, Missouri to commemorate the Louisiana Purchase. There have been events held in the United States to remember the most extensive anthropological...
Enchanting Barcelona
by John L. Silva - September 26, 2004 - 12:00am
Barcelona was my summer destination this year. A unique exposition, the Forum Barcelona 2004, has been ongoing for the past months. The city’s continued efforts to preserve their architectural heritage has...
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