Mr. Kapwa
by Jose Dalisay - August 1, 2022 - 12:00am
The honorable congressman tried to scream when he saw the motorcycle dart out from the huddle of cars and trucks ahead, too quickly and too late for his driver Pol to brake or swerve, and the Lexus hit the rider...
The queen of trolls
by Jose Dalisay - July 25, 2022 - 12:00am
From the street, the building still looked like the bank it had once been, with fluted columns crowned by precast acanthus leaves, but the paint and even the cement cladding had chipped off to reveal the pedestrian...
The Truthitfier
by Jose Dalisay - July 18, 2022 - 12:00am
It had been a nightmare to create, but was save for the occasional brownout a dream to operate.
The quick brown fox
by Jose Dalisay - July 11, 2022 - 12:00am
Examining the machine in front of him, Monching could understand why it had ended up in his shop.
The Museum of Suffering
by Jose Dalisay - July 4, 2022 - 12:00am
Pepito fancied himself a museophile, a lover of places where old and fascinating objects were exhibited for the public’s delectation.
All content and settings
by Jose Dalisay - June 27, 2022 - 12:00am
Charlie couldn’t tell exactly what the phone was until he slid it out of its case and, even then, its other specifications – model and memory size, which would determine its price – could be known...
An unsolicited draft (2)
by Jose Dalisay - June 20, 2022 - 12:00am
Last week, I indulged in some wishful thinking to imagine what a truly different and refreshing BBM presidency would be, with the rosiest inaugural speech I could confect.
An unsolicited draft (1)
by Jose Dalisay - June 13, 2022 - 12:00am
Having had a hand in crafting presidential speeches and messages for many decades now, I thought I would give it the old try and produce an unsolicited draft for our presumptive president’s inaugural speech,...
Mr. Secretary
by Jose Dalisay - June 6, 2022 - 12:00am
(Note: This could be the strangest thing you will ever see on an Op-Ed page, a new genre I’m going to call “editorial fiction,” observations of the current scene rendered as short stories. No direct...
Mindfulness and memory
by Jose Dalisay - May 30, 2022 - 12:00am
When I unexpectedly slipped into a black pool of anxiety and depression a couple of years ago another unwitting casualty of the pandemic I learned a new word from my psychiatrist:
Plot and character
by Jose Dalisay - May 23, 2022 - 12:00am
With the counting all but over setting aside some issues not likely to change the outcome it’s clear that our people have spoken and that, by a 2-to-1 majority, they have chosen Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to lead...
Wisdom from suffering
by Jose Dalisay - May 16, 2022 - 12:00am
Never had so much depended on the ballot in our history as in last week’s vote.
The true winner
by Jose Dalisay - May 9, 2022 - 12:00am
I had another column all lined up for today Monday, the 9th of May, arguably the most important Monday of this year if not the next six years.
The long game
by Jose Dalisay - May 2, 2022 - 12:00am
Not so long ago, before the groundswell of popular support grew into a towering pink wave behind the presidential candidacy of Vice President Leni Robredo, it seemed like she had embarked on a quixotic quest.
The also-rans
by Jose Dalisay - April 25, 2022 - 12:00am
I used to hold Isko Moreno in high esteem when he was the new mayor of Manila and seemed intent on cleaning it up, figuratively and literally.
Weaponizing the youth
by Jose Dalisay - April 18, 2022 - 12:00am
One of the most troubling episodes of the war now raging in Ukraine happened a couple of weeks ago not in Kyiv or the eastern region where ghastly atrocities have taken place but in Penza, a city in western Rus...
The imperfect good
by Jose Dalisay - April 11, 2022 - 12:00am
I’ve recently come across a number of posts online by people complaining about the “self-righteousness” of campaigners for a certain candidate to explain why they might, or will, vote for the other...
The color of danger
by Jose Dalisay - April 4, 2022 - 12:00am
Twenty-five years ago, I took on the first of what would become many biographical assignments: the life story of the Lava brothers.
A political playbook
by Jose Dalisay - March 28, 2022 - 12:00am
I was rearranging the books and periodicals in my library the other day when I came across a copy of a journal from more than 60 years ago – the 3rd quarter, 1958 issue of Comment, self-described as “a...
A princely welcome
by Jose Dalisay - March 21, 2022 - 12:00am
It was a little burp in the flood of election-related stories that we’ve been wading through all month so it may have gone unnoticed by most, but it piqued my interest strongly enough to take note of it for...
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