Butch Dalisay
Butch Dalisay
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War and remembrance
by Butch Dalisay - February 18, 2019 - 12:00am
For Filipinos, February is or should be a month of remembering, beyond the commercial confections of Valentine’s Day.
Wowwow, Mingming, Peepeep
by Butch Dalisay - February 11, 2019 - 12:00am
For reasons still not too clear to me, since I had a great relationship with my late dad, I never really wanted a son, and heaved a huge sigh of relief when Beng popped out a baby girl named Demi 44 years ago. Demi...
An old cemetery, the Blue Mansion — a poem on Penang
by Butch Dalisay - February 4, 2019 - 12:00am
A few days after I retired last month, Beng and I hopped on a plane to Kuala Lumpur on our way to Penang.
Back to Balangiga
by Butch Dalisay - January 28, 2019 - 12:00am
The recent return of the fabled bells of Balangiga from the American West to their home in Samar reminded me of my fleeting involvement years ago in the effort to draw renewed attention to that traumatic episode...
A perfect ending
by Butch Dalisay - January 21, 2019 - 12:00am
I retired last week after 35 years of service at the University of the Philippines, and I celebrated the special day with UP friends at a dinner graciously hosted by UP president Danilo Concepcion at his official...
Goodbye to all that
by Butch Dalisay - January 14, 2019 - 12:00am
Tomorrow, the 15th of January 2019, I retire from the University of the Philippines after 35 years of teaching, a few of them spent in administration as department chair, institute director, and most recently on...
Senior moments
by Butch Dalisay - January 7, 2019 - 12:00am
Before anything else, I’d like to put in a word of praise for the only movie that my wife Beng and I really wanted to see among the entries to the recent Metro Manila Film Festival, Joel Lamangan’s Rainbow’s...
From ‘Dead Balagtas’ to the ‘Likhaan’ journey — the literary year that was
by Butch Dalisay - December 31, 2018 - 12:00am
Two big events rounded out the literary year for me, both of them related in some way to the University of the Philippines Institute of Creative Writing (UPICW), which not incidentally marked the 40th anniversary...
An academy of our own
by Butch Dalisay - December 24, 2018 - 12:00am
Exactly a month ago, in the auditorium of the newest campus of the University of the Philippines at Bonifacio Global City, an event of great historical significance took place — the first general assembly and...
Southern surprises
by Butch Dalisay - December 17, 2018 - 12:00am
My recent forays to southern Taiwan — the first to Tainan, and the second to Kaohsiung — reminded me that while we Pinoys love to chuckle and even snicker at how the Chinese (among others) mangle English,...
Opening up to Taiwan
by Butch Dalisay - December 10, 2018 - 12:00am
As it happened, I was in Taiwan twice last month to represent the University of the Philippines in two important conferences that underscored the importance of our academic partnerships with our Taiwanese counterparts...
From Parrots to Maroons
by Butch Dalisay - December 3, 2018 - 12:00am
I had a whole other column lined up for this Monday, but that’s going to have to wait after last Wednesday’s titanic ballgame — you all know what I’m referring to, that heart-stopping semifinal...
Focus on the intangible
by Butch Dalisay - November 26, 2018 - 12:00am
This took place last month, but it can’t be too late to congratulate the University of the Philippine Visayas for organizing and hosting the 2nd International Conference on Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH)...
Writers for peace
by Butch Dalisay - November 19, 2018 - 12:00am
To follow through on my initial report last week on the 2nd Asian Literature Festival in Gwangju, South Korea from Nov. 6 to 9, it was an exhilarating and enlightening experience to be among fellow Asian writers...
More than memorials
by Butch Dalisay - November 12, 2018 - 12:00am
I was in Gwangju, South Korea last week to participate in the 2nd Asian Literature Festival, a new, Korea-based gathering of writers from across the continent aimed specifically at promoting peace through literature,...
A season of winners
by Butch Dalisay - November 5, 2018 - 12:00am
Unexpectedly, October turned out to be a season of winners, with a series of important awards being announced involving culture and the arts.
Free to think, free to speak
by Butch Dalisay - October 29, 2018 - 12:00am
I’ve been seeing frothy messages on the Internet calling for the University of the Philippines to be shut down because it seems to be producing nothing more than anti-government critics and rebels (and, uhm,...
Where have all the great minds gone?
by Butch Dalisay - October 22, 2018 - 12:00am
I’m taking stock of my latest acquisition of old books and magazines, delivered to my office by a seller who seems to have hit upon a trove of scholarly materials from the 1950s and 1960s, very likely from...
Cooling off on the Island of Fire
by Butch Dalisay - October 15, 2018 - 12:00am
As things heated up last week over military charges of communist inroads in our universities — an issue the University of the Philippines, in particular, has dealt with for over 70 years, under every administration...
The fair Filipina
by Butch Dalisay - October 8, 2018 - 12:00am
I’m always intrigued — sometimes enthralled, sometimes amused, sometimes annoyed —by the descriptions I come across in my old books of Filipinos seen through the eyes of foreigners.
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