Everyone is relative
by F. Sionil Jose - May 25, 2020 - 12:00am
This Saturday, I’ll miss a very important social event; I should be in the old hometown to attend a reunion of the Meimban clan.
The oligarchy and ABS-CBN: Don’t give them your ‘balls’
by F. Sionil Jose - May 18, 2020 - 12:00am
Let me continue my observations on the ABS-CBN issue that provoked a passionate response.
The roles we play
by F. Sionil Jose - May 11, 2020 - 12:00am
The week that General Angelo Reyes, former Chief of Staff of our Armed Forces, shot himself in the chest, I had a long talk with him.
Literature as meditation
by F. Sionil Jose - May 4, 2020 - 12:00am
Again, let me draw you away from the cruel anxieties wrought by this pandemic and think big and deep about life, morality and evil – yes, evil – for it is in us, and we deal with it all our lives.
The Writing Life Fiction beginnings
by F. Sionil Jose - April 27, 2020 - 12:00am
Today, let me entertain you and draw you away though briefly from the horrible anxieties wrought by this pandemic.
Going home
by F. Sionil Jose - April 20, 2020 - 12:00am
This pandemic requires us to stay home where the virus may not reach us.
Remembering Nick
by F. Sionil Jose - April 13, 2020 - 12:00am
Javier Galvan, Director of the Instituto Cervantes, invited me last month to a seminar celebrating Nick Joaquin. It was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Loyalty in the time of pandemic crisis
by F. Sionil Jose - April 6, 2020 - 12:00am
Way back in the early 1960s, Ulli Beier, the director of the Institute of Papua New Guinea Culture, gifted me with a trip to the Trobriand islands deep in the South Pacific a two hour C-47 flight from Moresby.
Memories of my mother
by F. Sionil Jose - March 30, 2020 - 12:00am
My mother, Sofia Sionil, was born on Sept. 30, 1900. Her parents were Ilokano settlers in Rosales, Pangasinan. I called her Inang.
Folk medicine What this coronavirus pandemic teaches us
by F. Sionil Jose - March 23, 2020 - 12:00am
I had an interesting conversation with the young medical anthropologist and columnist, Gideon Lasco, the other day.
William Dar and our food insecurity
by F. Sionil Jose - March 16, 2020 - 12:00am
The other day, I dropped by the office of William Dar, the Secretary of Agriculture, to inquire about how he is facing his problem which is actually this country’s most serious—our food insecurity.
I am not proud of Intramuros
by F. Sionil Jose - March 2, 2020 - 12:00am
The Instituto Cervantes sponsored a forum last fortnight on Intramuros and the efforts to preserve it.
Cultural Notes
by F. Sionil Jose - February 24, 2020 - 12:00am
What to See
Remembering Paris and Albert Camus
by F. Sionil Jose - February 17, 2020 - 12:00am
Last week, my German translator, Markus Ruckstuhl, introduced me to French expats, Ron Mage, Roger Ferrari, Olivier Motte, and their Filipina wives.
Hermogenes Esperon on national security
by F. Sionil Jose - February 10, 2020 - 12:00am
Last week, I visited National Security Adviser, General Hermogenes Esperon, former Chief of Staff of our Armed Forces. He was appointed by President Duterte in May 2017, a fitting recognition for his services to...
My Carabao English
by F. Sionil Jose - February 3, 2020 - 12:00am
Way back in the 1980s, when my fiction in English was already translated into so many foreign languages, I was criticized for my “Carabao” English, that it wasn’t English enough.
Big Business versus President Duterte
by F. Sionil Jose - January 27, 2020 - 12:00am
By the mid-1960s, as information officer of the Colombo Plan Bureau, I had already travelled extensively in the Asian region, and being an old journalist interested in history and modernization, I had seen many of...
The Chinese Connection II
by F. Sionil Jose - January 20, 2020 - 12:00am
When I first met Wong HowMan, the peripatetic Hong Kong writer explorer, he had just been from a meeting with some local Filipino-Chinese.
Writing the Revolution
by F. Sionil Jose - January 13, 2020 - 12:00am
I cannot explain my fascination with the Basques and with Spain maybe because we were a Spanish colony and there is so much of Spain in all of us; maybe because I read Don Quixote when I was ten years old and that...
State, stake, and Mabini
by F. Sionil Jose - January 6, 2020 - 12:00am
That brilliant technocrat and hands-on politician, Gilbert Teodoro dropped by the other day and we continued our dialogue on politics and the state.
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