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The heart of grief
by Danton Remoto - April 17, 2021 - 12:00am
Personal and collective grief lies at the core of Insurrecto, Gina Apostol’s novel about the Balangiga massacre in 1901 and its multi-layered echoes down history.
Of names and typologies
by Danton Remoto - April 10, 2021 - 12:00am
My name is supposed to be Dimas, after the Catholic saint on the day I was born. But Dimas was the good thief hung on the cross beside Jesus Christ, and my mother didn’t want me named after a thief.
Random images
by Danton Remoto - March 27, 2021 - 12:00am
The ukulele player.
What-ifs on Lapu-Lapu and Magellan
by Danton Remoto - March 20, 2021 - 12:00am
What if Ferdinand Magellan – with great help from the translator Enrique of Malacca – did not reach our islands, what would have happened to us?
How a mother survives the lockdown
by Danton Remoto - March 13, 2021 - 12:00am
Every morning, the mother will repeat this line after waking up, “We’re better off than a million others.
Capital and sweat
by Danton Remoto - March 6, 2021 - 12:00am
I am winding up with the English translation of Lope K. Santos’s great novel in Tagalog, “Banaag at Sikat” published in 1906.
Writing amidst the ruins
by Danton Remoto - February 27, 2021 - 12:00am
It was Feb. 25, 1986 and the Marcos family had just fled Malacañang Palace.
RX for the 2022 elections
by Danton Remoto - February 20, 2021 - 12:00am
You must be from the dwarf planet of Pluto if you haven’t noticed that pre-election campaigns have already begun in the Philippines.
Poems before the Spaniards came
by Danton Remoto - February 13, 2021 - 12:00am
Let us begin by talking about poems written by our anonymous ancestors before the Spaniards made landfall in what was then an archipelago of Muslim kingdoms.
From a haunted castle to Cambridge
by Danton Remoto - February 6, 2021 - 12:00am
I was given a month of free board and lodging in Boswell Room at the 17th-century Hawthornden Castle in Midlothian, Scotland, in 1993.
Locating ‘The Imaginary Iceberg’
by Danton Remoto - January 30, 2021 - 12:00am
In 1979, Fr. Joseph A. Galdon, S.J., edited the book “Essays on the Philippine Novel in English” published by Ateneo de Manila University Press.
Surrogate mothers, anyone?
by Danton Remoto - January 23, 2021 - 12:00am
Filipina-American novelist Joanne Ramos read an article in the Wall Street Journal on surrogate mothers in India, and this became the germ for her provocative novel, “The Farm.”
The Bestseller Code
by Danton Remoto - January 16, 2021 - 12:00am
That is the title of the book by Jodie Archer and Matthew L. Jockers, subtitled “Anatomy of the Blockbuster Novel.”
Scenes from American suburbia
by Danton Remoto - January 9, 2021 - 12:00am
They were paging my name at the JFK Airport.
Of love and prophecy
by Danton Remoto - January 2, 2021 - 12:00am
As I wrote in my column last week, Filipino boys’ love web series bloomed in YouTube this year.
Gay stories for a BL series
by Danton Remoto - December 26, 2020 - 12:00am
In honor of the year 2020 when Philippine Boys’ Love series exploded on our YouTube screens, I am writing about the gay stories I have heard in my many years of being an LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender...
Short and snarky
by Danton Remoto - December 19, 2020 - 12:00am
The Age of Umbrage,” the long-awaited novel of Jessica Zafra, is finally out under the imprint of Ateneo de Manila University Press.
The bleakest Christmas
by Danton Remoto - December 12, 2020 - 12:00am
I’ve been home for three months and know that this would be the bleakest Christmas for many Filipinos, perhaps since the Second World War.
American vignettes
by Danton Remoto - December 5, 2020 - 12:00am
It was the summer of 2018 and I had just arrived in Los Angeles, California, after two weeks at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Middlebury College, Vermont. I lived with my sister for a week and met some...
Servant Leader: Leni Robredo
by Danton Remoto - November 28, 2020 - 12:00am
That is the title of the stirring and elegant book written by Professor Ed Garcia and published by San Anselmo Press. It will be launched on Dec. 8; I served as the editor of this book.
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