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A perfect ending
by Butch Dalisay - January 21, 2019 - 12:00am
I retired last week after 35 years of service at the University of the Philippines, and I celebrated the special day with UP friends at a dinner graciously hosted by UP president Danilo Concepcion at his official...
Goodbye to all that
by Butch Dalisay - January 14, 2019 - 12:00am
Tomorrow, the 15th of January 2019, I retire from the University of the Philippines after 35 years of teaching, a few of them spent in administration as department chair, institute director, and most recently on...
Senior moments
by Butch Dalisay - January 7, 2019 - 12:00am
Before anything else, I’d like to put in a word of praise for the only movie that my wife Beng and I really wanted to see among the entries to the recent Metro Manila Film Festival, Joel Lamangan’s Rainbow’s...
From ‘Dead Balagtas’ to the ‘Likhaan’ journey — the literary year that was
by Butch Dalisay - December 31, 2018 - 12:00am
Two big events rounded out the literary year for me, both of them related in some way to the University of the Philippines Institute of Creative Writing (UPICW), which not incidentally marked the 40th anniversary...
An academy of our own
by Butch Dalisay - December 24, 2018 - 12:00am
Exactly a month ago, in the auditorium of the newest campus of the University of the Philippines at Bonifacio Global City, an event of great historical significance took place — the first general assembly and...
Southern surprises
by Butch Dalisay - December 17, 2018 - 12:00am
My recent forays to southern Taiwan — the first to Tainan, and the second to Kaohsiung — reminded me that while we Pinoys love to chuckle and even snicker at how the Chinese (among others) mangle English,...
Opening up to Taiwan
by Butch Dalisay - December 10, 2018 - 12:00am
As it happened, I was in Taiwan twice last month to represent the University of the Philippines in two important conferences that underscored the importance of our academic partnerships with our Taiwanese counterparts...
From Parrots to Maroons
by Butch Dalisay - December 3, 2018 - 12:00am
I had a whole other column lined up for this Monday, but that’s going to have to wait after last Wednesday’s titanic ballgame — you all know what I’m referring to, that heart-stopping semifinal...
Focus on the intangible
by Butch Dalisay - November 26, 2018 - 12:00am
This took place last month, but it can’t be too late to congratulate the University of the Philippine Visayas for organizing and hosting the 2nd International Conference on Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH)...
Writers for peace
by Butch Dalisay - November 19, 2018 - 12:00am
To follow through on my initial report last week on the 2nd Asian Literature Festival in Gwangju, South Korea from Nov. 6 to 9, it was an exhilarating and enlightening experience to be among fellow Asian writers...
More than memorials
by Butch Dalisay - November 12, 2018 - 12:00am
I was in Gwangju, South Korea last week to participate in the 2nd Asian Literature Festival, a new, Korea-based gathering of writers from across the continent aimed specifically at promoting peace through literature,...
A season of winners
by Butch Dalisay - November 5, 2018 - 12:00am
Unexpectedly, October turned out to be a season of winners, with a series of important awards being announced involving culture and the arts.
Free to think, free to speak
by Butch Dalisay - October 29, 2018 - 12:00am
I’ve been seeing frothy messages on the Internet calling for the University of the Philippines to be shut down because it seems to be producing nothing more than anti-government critics and rebels (and, uhm,...
Where have all the great minds gone?
by Butch Dalisay - October 22, 2018 - 12:00am
I’m taking stock of my latest acquisition of old books and magazines, delivered to my office by a seller who seems to have hit upon a trove of scholarly materials from the 1950s and 1960s, very likely from...
Cooling off on the Island of Fire
by Butch Dalisay - October 15, 2018 - 12:00am
As things heated up last week over military charges of communist inroads in our universities — an issue the University of the Philippines, in particular, has dealt with for over 70 years, under every administration...
The fair Filipina
by Butch Dalisay - October 8, 2018 - 12:00am
I’m always intrigued — sometimes enthralled, sometimes amused, sometimes annoyed —by the descriptions I come across in my old books of Filipinos seen through the eyes of foreigners.
That ‘K’ factor
by Butch Dalisay - October 1, 2018 - 12:00am
I was in Bangkok last week among a delegation of Filipino academics to attend the 8th meeting of the Korean Studies Association of Southeast Asia (KOSASA), and it was a good opportunity to reflect on the history...
Two stories on academic freedom
by Butch Dalisay - September 24, 2018 - 12:00am
Let us dwell this week on the idea of academic freedom, which has been in focus again recently in the light of controversies involving conflicting ideologies on campus.
Obsessed with antiquarian books
by Butch Dalisay - September 17, 2018 - 12:00am
Since I seriously got into antiquarian book collecting not too long ago, I’ve picked up quite a few books that have required the services of a professional book restorer.
Mysteries of fish
by Butch Dalisay - September 10, 2018 - 12:00am
I’ve often written and spoken about how — despite the fact that we inhabit an archipelago of over 7,000 islands, bordered on all sides by the sea, and comprising one of the longest coastlines in the world...
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