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...
Only the stupid
by JOSE DALISAY - March 14, 2022 - 12:00am
My belated foray into Facebook and the whole FB notion of “friends” led me to ask myself if in these contentious times it would be wise to apply a political filter to the many “friend requests”...
Who owes what to whom
by JOSE DALISAY - March 7, 2022 - 12:00am
A couple of weeks ago, an unattributed article in another newspaper titled “National artists owe it all to Marcos” berated five National Artists – Bencab, Virgilio Almario, Alice Reyes, Ramon Santos...
Disinformation and democracy
by JOSE DALISAY - February 28, 2022 - 12:00am
Last Friday the 36th anniversary of EDSA 1 I spoke to a group of university students who wanted to know what I thought of Filipino democracy.
A cultural agenda
by JOSE DALISAY - February 21, 2022 - 12:00am
Notably absent from the platforms of nearly all candidates for the presidency is any mention of culture and the arts as a vital element in our quest of nationhood.
The dropout factor
by JOSE DALISAY - February 14, 2022 - 12:00am
How much of a factor is Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s being a college dropout in making people decide whether he’s worthy of being voted president or not?
Denial and dissonance
by JOSE DALISAY - February 7, 2022 - 12:00am
I first heard the phrase “cognitive dissonance” 50 years ago in UP from my friend Jose “Oying” Rimon, then a Mass Comm major just grasping the mechanics of social behavior.
A false nostalgia
by JOSE DALISAY - January 31, 2022 - 12:00am
Since my belated debut on Facebook just over a month ago, I seem to have acquired something of a reputation for my posts about the past – not in the scholarly mode of a real historian, which I most certainly...
Myth over matter
by JOSE DALISAY - January 24, 2022 - 12:00am
There’s hardly a week that goes by without me receiving a Viber notice from a friend warning me about another incoming message containing some innocuous line like “Let’s go to Latvia” or “Your...
A time for telling
by JOSE DALISAY - January 17, 2022 - 12:00am
It was with great shock and sadness that I received the news of Manong Frankie Sionil Jose’s passing two Fridays ago; my recollections of him appeared online later that day.
Happy Birthday, Rosales!
by F. Sionil Jose - January 10, 2022 - 12:00am
My father, F. Sionil Jose, sent this draft of his final column to his loyal assistant, Cesar, on Thursday, Jan. 6, at 2 p.m. He was never able to review the draft since he was busy writing his thank you letter to...
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