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.
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.
Remembering Ramon Magsaysay
by F. Sionil Jose - September 2, 2019 - 12:00am
I was asked to speak at a gathering of Ramon Magsaysay Awardees, “Spirit Lives On,” to celebrate President Magsaysay’s birth anniversary. This is my recollection of the man and his times.
Chinese connection
by F. Sionil Jose - August 26, 2019 - 12:00am
Perhaps it was the reminiscing about Hong Kong in my last column that made me remember some of my deepest friendships in the region.
Memories of Hong Kong
by F. Sionil Jose - August 19, 2019 - 12:00am
I have been keenly following reports on the massive demonstrations in Hong Kong and wondering if Beijing will crack down on the protesters as brutally as they did at Tiananmen Square 30 years ago.
An adventure in art where is the Filipino in it?
by F. Sionil Jose - August 12, 2019 - 12:00am
Most of us have had an adventure in art.
The Filipino sound
by F. Sionil Jose - August 5, 2019 - 12:00am
Ryan Cayabyab, National Artist for music and 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee, asked in a recent essay the question, where is the Filipino in Filipino songs?
Book notes
by F. Sionil Jose - July 29, 2019 - 12:00am
I devote this week’s column to a listing of notable books.
Learning from Japan
by F. Sionil Jose - July 22, 2019 - 12:00am
I am 94.
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