HINDSIGHT
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.
Recovering Rizal
by F. Sionil Jose - December 30, 2019 - 12:00am
It was my grandfather who introduced me to Jose Rizal when I was maybe six or seven years old.
A thought for Christmas
by F. Sionil Jose - December 23, 2019 - 12:00am
En me hambre, mando yo. In my hunger I command.
Our world tomorrow
by F. Sionil Jose - December 16, 2019 - 12:00am
As a new decade approaches, let us pause and let the big thoughts come; we focus on the forest and not the trees, their leaves and their roots.
Before the curtain falls
by F. Sionil Jose - December 9, 2019 - 12:00am
When I got to be 90, I had to cut down on my social climbing because my knees were failing.
Channel 7’s Felipe L. Gozon
by F. Sionil Jose - December 2, 2019 - 12:00am
When Felipe L. Gozon marks his 80th birthday on Sunday, he will be riled by having to make a choice from two options.
A memoir of Tokyo in the fifties
by F. Sionil Jose - November 25, 2019 - 12:00am
My real consciousness of Japan started in December 1941 when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. That consciousness turned to loathing in the three years that we were brutalized during the Japanese Occupation.
The Palanca Awards and Book Notes
by F. Sionil Jose - November 18, 2019 - 12:00am
The Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature celebrated its 69th year last week, acknowledging 56 authors out of 1,167 entries in 22 categories. The Awards are profoundly important to our cultural growth and...
Culture and diplomacy
by F. Sionil Jose - November 11, 2019 - 12:00am
I was asked last week to speak at a seminar sponsored by the European Union on Culture and Diplomacy.
The 1940s remembered
by F. Sionil Jose - November 4, 2019 - 12:00am
I enrolled in the pre-med course at the Manila College of Pharmacy and Dentistry in Oroquita, Sta. Cruz. The University of Santo Tomas was still being cleared of the allied internees who had lived there for three...
MacArthur’s return
by F. Sionil Jose - October 28, 2019 - 12:00am
On October 20, 1944, MacArthur made good his pledge to return and with a formidable armada landed in Leyte.
Why the drug war failed
by F. Sionil Jose - October 21, 2019 - 12:00am
Our fascination with drugs, particularly those that are supposed to bring us pleasure and respite from pain, is rooted in the past and in human natural curiosity.
Minorities and their languages
by F. Sionil Jose - October 14, 2019 - 12:00am
“Speaking in Tongues: Literary Freedom and Indigenous Languages” was the theme of the 85th International Congress held in Manila the other week.
In praise of a career diplomat Delia Domingo Albert
by F. Sionil Jose - October 7, 2019 - 12:00am
I take my beret off to Ambassador Delia Domingo Albert, former foreign affairs secretary, and perhaps our finest diplomat ever.
Why PEN
by F. Sionil Jose - September 30, 2019 - 12:00am
International PEN is a global organization of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists, Novelists.
The joy of teaching
by F. Sionil Jose - September 23, 2019 - 12:00am
I have always considered teaching as the second noblest vocation, motherhood being the first. It can also be the most satisfying and the most trying. I know – I was once a teacher too.
The plebeian mind
by F. Sionil Jose - September 16, 2019 - 12:00am
Sometime in the late 1950s, the American scholar, John Provinse, made me an unusual offer.
The new imperialism and slavery
by F. Sionil Jose - September 9, 2019 - 12:00am
I mentioned in one of my columns recently what the Singaporean historian Wong Linken said, that Southeast Asia was better ruled by colonialists because their governments were far more efficient.
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