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Butch Dalisay
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Our very own Indiana Jones
by Butch Dalisay - May 13, 2019 - 12:00am
It isn’t every day that a Filipino scientist captures the imagination not only of his own people but of the world, but last month, this amazing feat happened, putting Filipino science squarely on the global...
My sweet engraveable you
by Butch Dalisay - May 6, 2019 - 12:00am
That’s probably what Jay del Fierro, who goes by the handle “Jay the Engraver” online, hums whenever he sees a gun, a knife, a lighter, a pen, or pretty much anything with a smooth metal side or...
The fake, the good, and the beautiful
by Butch Dalisay - April 29, 2019 - 12:00am
As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve taken to collecting a bit of Philippine midcentury art over the past few years.
An avatar of good writing and reading
by Butch Dalisay - April 22, 2019 - 12:00am
Every book author needs a publisher, and in this country, depending on what you write, there aren’t too many of them.
Pen hunting in Japan
by Butch Dalisay - April 15, 2019 - 12:00am
Most tourists visit Japan, sensibly enough, for the sushi, the sakura, and the swords.
Transience in Tokyo
by Butch Dalisay - April 8, 2019 - 12:00am
My wife Beng and I have been to Japan — on our own and together — a few times, but not until last week did we go there just to immerse ourselves for seven days in one place, not trying too hard to see...
The master of Commandante Street
by Butch Dalisay - April 1, 2019 - 12:00am
Commandante Street branches off Evangelista in Manila’s Quiapo — a downtown district a poet-friend endearingly described as “the armpit of the city.”
Cubao’s ephemeral treasures
by Butch Dalisay - March 25, 2019 - 12:00am
My recently renewed interest in rescuing old mechanical writing machines from oblivion and providing them shelter in my home (aka collecting typewriters) has led to me to some interesting sidestreets — you’ll...
Sheening, shimmering, splendid
by Butch Dalisay - March 18, 2019 - 12:00am
I’ve been writing in this column about the recent resurgence of fountain pens, a phenomenon well documented by mainstream, social and business media like the BBC, the Chicago Tribune, and the Advertising Specialty...
Into the typosphere
by Butch Dalisay - March 11, 2019 - 12:00am
The last time I wrote in this corner about typewriters, back in mid-August last year, I had just four of these machines in my stable, and primly announced that I really wasn’t a typewriter collector —...
A feast for the eye and spirit
by Butch Dalisay - March 4, 2019 - 12:00am
If you ever find yourself with a free morning or afternoon in Manila, with some loose change in your pocket and a bee buzzing in your head about what to do, think no further and just do as I say: get thee to the...
Have Beng, will travel
by Butch Dalisay - February 25, 2019 - 12:00am
Most millennials will probably miss the title’s reference to that 1960s TV show Have Gun, Will Travel starring Richard Boone as the soft-hearted gun-for-hire Paladin, but I’m happily appropriating it...
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...
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