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Maranan: A gentleman of letters
by Butch Dalisay - May 21, 2018 - 12:00am
It’s been an awful season for writers and lovers of art, as I noted last week.
A happy refuge
by Butch Dalisay - May 14, 2018 - 12:00am
These past few weeks and months have been fraught with loss and sadness, given the passing of many friends and personages in the arts community — National Artist Billy Abueva, National Artist Cirilo Bautista,...
Mysteries of art
by Butch Dalisay - May 7, 2018 - 12:00am
Last week, I wrote about acquiring a trio of unsigned paintings I’m attributing to Serafin Serna (1919-1979), drawing on stylistic, thematic, and circumstantial evidence.
Mysteries of art
by Butch Dalisay - April 30, 2018 - 12:00am
I’ll ask my readers to bear with me as I explore and try to solve, in another two-part series, some mysteries of art.
Books with back stories
by Butch Dalisay - April 23, 2018 - 12:00am
Last week, I wrote about Philippine-related books I’ve come across online with stories to tell beyond what their pages contained.
Books with back stories
by Butch Dalisay - April 16, 2018 - 12:00am
As I’ve been chronicling here these past few months, my fascination late in life with antiquarian books and documents has led me to some wonderful, intriguing, and often serendipitous discoveries.
A witness speaks
by Butch Dalisay - April 9, 2018 - 12:00am
I was very honored to receive a response to my recent column-piece on “Writers in Wartime” from no less than Dr. Benito Legarda Jr.
My past as a printmaker
by Butch Dalisay - April 2, 2018 - 12:00am
Every now and then I get a reminder from somewhere very far that, at one point in my past, I led a very different life and might have gone down another path altogether.
Writers in wartime
by Butch Dalisay - March 26, 2018 - 12:00am
I was busy a couple of weeks ago going through my library to see which books I could donate to a sale being conducted by our students to benefit worthwhile projects.
From Bach to ‘baleh’
by Butch Dalisay - March 19, 2018 - 12:00am
Sometime last year, I reported on the opening of the new Museo Kordilyera at the University of the Philippines Baguio (UPB), and predicted that it was going to become one of the new “must-sees” for the...
Adventures in bookhunting
by Butch Dalisay - March 12, 2018 - 12:00am
I had an interesting exchange online recently with a forum member who was responding to my call for old, interesting books that people wanted to sell.
Adventures in bookhunting
by Butch Dalisay - March 5, 2018 - 12:00am
Over the past couple of years, slowly but surely, my collecting focus has shifted from vintage fountain pens to even older books, for several reasons.
A big boost for translation
by Butch Dalisay - February 19, 2018 - 12:00am
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the University of the Philippines Institute of Creative Writing, which was established by the UP Board of Regents in 1978 as the Creative Writing Center.
My cabinet of curiosities
by Butch Dalisay - February 12, 2018 - 12:00am
History tells us that museums began as private collections of odds and ends —Wunderkammer or “rooms of wonder” in German, later to be known as “cabinets of curiosities” — where...
PowerPeeves
by Butch Dalisay - February 5, 2018 - 12:00am
I’ve never used PowerPoint in my life as much as I had to this past year, largely because I’ve been asked to do many presentations — briefings, TEDTalks, and such.
From Quiapo to Norwich
by Butch Dalisay - January 29, 2018 - 12:00am
It’s a strange title, I know, but it’s all I could come up with to highlight the two topics I’m taking up this week.
Mysteries solved
by Butch Dalisay - January 22, 2018 - 12:00am
As I’ve been writing and tweeting about recently, my forays into collecting on the Internet have led to all kinds of serendipitous discoveries — people and stories I never knew, places I never visit...
Bringing Science to the people
by Butch Dalisay - January 15, 2018 - 12:00am
Just before the Christmas break, I had a chance to speak to three different groups — the local media in Iloilo, the Philippine Genome Center in UP, and the Philippine Information Agency — about popularizing...
A scavenger’s finds
by Butch Dalisay - January 8, 2018 - 12:00am
These objects affirm, for me, that the past happened, and more than that, that the past will be remembered.
A passion for the past
by Butch Dalisay - January 1, 2018 - 12:00am
The seller told me that his mother was a caregiver in Paris, whose clients gifted her with all manner of odds and ends — old books, Russian banknotes, silver spoons — and so the Pinoy diaspora once again...
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