Beginnings and alternative endings
by F. Sionil Jose - December 8, 2018 - 12:00am
We turn this week from high and ghastly matters that is politics to high and ghostly matters that is literature.
China does not own the West Philippine Sea
by F. Sionil Jose - December 1, 2018 - 12:00am
Much as I abhor communism, I’ve always admired Mao Zedong for having united China and for establishing the Communist Party, the major institution that drove China’s modernization.
Why I Am Angry
by F. Sionil Jose - November 24, 2018 - 12:00am
Ambeth Ocampo asked me the other day why I am still always angry.
Modernizing elites
by F. Sionil Jose - November 10, 2018 - 12:00am
In the mid-1960s, Carlos Fernandez, CEO of the shipping company Compania Maritima, invited the English historian Arnold Toynbee, to address the Columbian Club on Taft Avenue.
Marx was right. The communists were wrong
by F. Sionil Jose - November 3, 2018 - 12:00am
In a brief encounter with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle recently, we talked about the Church assuming a more activist moral position in banishing corruption.
Culture and nation
by F. Sionil Jose - October 27, 2018 - 12:00am
In the early 1980s, in the last years of the Marcos dictatorship, Dr. Klaus Zeller came to Manila as West Germany’s ambassador.
To the young Filipino: Read and live Rizal, because the Philippines’ future is yours to shape
by F. Sionil Jose - January 2, 2016 - 9:00am
I was 10 years old, in grade five at the Rosales Elementary School, when my teacher, Miss Soledad Oriel, handed me the Derbyshire translation of Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere.
The search for roots and justice
by F. Sionil Jose - April 4, 2015 - 10:00am
This being graduation season, thousands upon thousands of our very young will finish high school and college. For so many of them, their eyes are focused on working abroad for there is very little chance of their...
Shining a light on the Sinag Manila Film Festival
by F. Sionil Jose - March 29, 2015 - 12:00am
I was one of the jurors of the Sinag Manila film festival which closed last week. It is my second time to be a juror in a film festival.
Felino A. Palafox Jr.: Visionary architect
by F Sionil Jose - March 28, 2015 - 12:00am
Do you have a traffic plan for Manila?
Peace, but not at any cost
by F Sionil Jose - March 22, 2015 - 12:00am
How sad that President Benigno Simeon Aquino began his term with bloodshed — the “mishandled” rescue of the Hong Kong hostages at the Luneta, and ends it with this “misencounter” in...
Felino A. Palafox Jr.: Visionary architect
by F Sionil Jose - March 21, 2015 - 12:00am
Advice to young writers at the NBS-STAR Fave Book Awards: You do not write for yourself alone
by F Sionil Jose - March 15, 2015 - 12:00am
This is an extended version of the brief remarks I made the other day at Solaire during the awarding of prizes to the winners of the “My Favorite Book, My Selfie” contest that is sponsored by National...
Literature and society
by F. Sionil Jose - February 9, 2015 - 12:00am
On the invitation of Shiela de Leon, literature teacher, I was at the University of Bulacan in Malolos last week speaking to students, some of whom I knew wanted to be writers.
Memo to President P-Noy: How to resolve the Maguindanao SAF massacre
by F Sionil Jose - February 1, 2015 - 12:00am
Passions are still very high — the massacre of those 44 policemen in Maguindanao has angered many Filipinos. Many questions remain to be answered by the President himself. The MILF is culpable. The sincerity...
It is superstition, not religion
by F. Sionil Jose - January 18, 2015 - 12:00am
The Asahi Shimbun correspondent, Shibata Naoji, dropped by the shop last week to have his observations checked by this self-appointed oracle of Padre Faura.
Envy, history, freedom and the Harley Davidson
by F Sionil Jose - January 11, 2015 - 12:00am
It is the building contractors who I envy.
Our movies should be world-class
by F Sionil Jose - January 4, 2015 - 12:00am
I had the pleasure of sitting beside Sen. Grace Poe last fortnight at the necrological rites for the late Abdulmari Imao at the Cultural Central.
Our heroic heritage
by F. Sionil Jose - December 29, 2014 - 12:00am
Rizal a revolutionary? This is most evident in the totality of his short life, in his two novels which affirmed his faith as well as his death warrant. 
Some Russian memories
by F. Sionil Jose - December 22, 2014 - 12:00am
The Russian Ambassador Nicolay R. Kudashev and his wife, along with his deputy Vadim V. Velikanov, dropped by last week.
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