Nelson A. navarro
Nelson A. navarro
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The brilliant, star-crossed life of Jerry Barican
by Nelson A. navarro - October 12, 2014 - 12:00am
UP Diliman was the happy but complicated stumping ground that I shared with Jerry Barican and our charmed generation of the Sixties and Seventies.
The Filipino royalettes
by Nelson A. navarro - August 4, 2013 - 12:00am
It’s no great surprise that Filipinos are hopelessly mesmerized by royalty. For some 300 years, they were very distant subjects of Spain’s Habsburg and Bourbon rulers. America’s pseudo-royal Roosevelts...
My must-write list of 27 biographies
by Nelson A. navarro - July 28, 2013 - 12:00am
This is a short list of 27 biographies I would like to crank out in the coming few years.
Remembering Rod Dula
by Nelson A. navarro - July 21, 2013 - 12:00am
Some say Rod was the  epitome of our non-traditional ideals and sometimes wacky approach to politics. We were mostly of liberal, even bohemian persuasion.
The making of a vegan
by Nelson A. navarro - July 14, 2013 - 12:00am
I was born a culinary ignoramus. Raised in a Tagalog household in Mindanao, I was torn between gastronomic opposites.
High tea at the Peninsula
by Nelson A. navarro - July 7, 2013 - 12:00am
Where else will you celebrate Handover Day?
Whatever happened to the Marcos cheating machine?
by Nelson A. navarro - June 30, 2013 - 12:00am
The continuing hullabaloo about automated cheating in 2010 and 2013 cannot just be wished away.
Who ever said opera was boring?
by Nelson A. navarro - June 23, 2013 - 12:00am
I became an opera junkie out of sheer boredom. This was way back in September 1976 when I got my first job as a reporter in New Jersey.
Rich and famous victims of malpractice: They just lie there, and they die there
by Nelson A. navarro - June 16, 2013 - 12:00am
Malpractice is a bad word I first learned in America and it was invariably associated with health and medical issues. And I need not add, costly litigations and heart-tugging human drama often too painful to think...
Lost opportunities
by Nelson A. navarro - June 9, 2013 - 12:00am
There was a time in the late 1950s when “Made in the Philippines” was not a joke and there was ample reason to believe that the rising spirit of capitalism would somehow extricate the country from agrarian...
What Filipino middle class?
by Nelson A. navarro - June 2, 2013 - 12:00am
At Penang International Airport late last month, I was struck not so much by the gleaming state-of-the-art terminal but the incredible hordes of people going to or coming home from vacation.
Intramuros of broken dreams
by Nelson A. navarro - May 26, 2013 - 12:00am
Intramuros was rough squatter territory when I first saw it in the early 1950s.
My Machu Picchu moment
by Nelson A. navarro - May 19, 2013 - 12:00am
A lifelong sense of childhood wonder cannot but become a raging obsession as you approach your dying-of-the-light autumnal years.
Becoming a journalist
by Nelson A. navarro - May 12, 2013 - 12:00am
You’ll never forget your first job. When you earn your first real salary for doing real work is the day you validate your right to exist. Parental support can only go so far.
Who wants to be a lame duck?
by Nelson A. navarro - May 5, 2013 - 12:00am
What does Quezon’s long-forgotten maneuver have to do with the second President Aquino’s present dilemma?
Never too often
by Nelson A. navarro - April 28, 2013 - 12:00am
It’s never too early or too often to reconnect with the past and express what could easily turn out to be your final goodbyes.
Redeeming the Senate
by Nelson A. navarro - April 21, 2013 - 12:00am
Once the most respected of pre-martial institutions, the Senate of the Philippines has long fallen upon hard times.
The gift of memory
by Nelson A. navarro - April 14, 2013 - 12:00am
How could I forget the day I graduated from college?
Bataan’s dark legacy
by Nelson A. navarro - April 7, 2013 - 12:00am
Bataan has fallen. Was it Carlos P. Romulo or Raul Manglapus who intoned those three dreadful words over the radio on April 9, 1941? Whether it was one or the other or both probably does not matter. Not then, not...
Between faith and pleasure
by Nelson A. navarro - March 31, 2013 - 12:00am
Where are you spending Holy Week? More likely than not, that familiar question may no longer have anything to do with faith or religious duty but with nothing more complicated than vacation plans at the start of...
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