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...
Bringing the minor masters home
by Butch Dalisay - August 27, 2018 - 12:00am
I’ve written a few pieces recently about my self-assigned mission of finding and bringing home, from various sources overseas, masterpieces of Philippine publishing and literature, from early texts in Spanish...
Big stories in little books
by Butch Dalisay - August 20, 2018 - 12:00am
Among the 50 pounds-plus of books that I carted home from my last visit to our daughter Demi’s place in San Diego, California, was a mini-stash of small leather-bound books that most people would probably ignore...
A Qwerty quartet
by Butch Dalisay - August 13, 2018 - 12:00am
I’m not really a typewriter collector (not like my friend George Mamonluk, whose noodles I patronize to help build up his stable of vintage typewriters and fountain pens), but I realized this past week that...
Sourcing the Pinoy crowd
by Butch Dalisay - August 6, 2018 - 12:00am
Art critics often like to write about the Pinoy penchant to fill up vacant spaces — our horror vacui, evident in everything from our front yards to our jeepneys and desktops.
A life-affirming mission
by Butch Dalisay - July 30, 2018 - 12:00am
Two Sundays ago, I had the privilege of serving as commencement speaker before the 2018 graduating class of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine.
Recovering Fil-Am history
by Butch Dalisay - July 23, 2018 - 12:00am
I was in Chicago two weeks ago to keynote the 17th Biennial Conference of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), and it was an opportunity not only to catch up with old friends from my time as...
A trove of printed delights
by Butch Dalisay - July 16, 2018 - 12:00am
A few months ago, I wrote about picking up some wonderful books online that I plan to add to my retirement library — books that I’ll be poring over at leisure, for no more compelling or more urgent reason...
Tacloban’s worthier wonders
by Butch Dalisay - July 9, 2018 - 12:00am
One of the pleasures of our recent visit to Tacloban was meeting up with two friends — the cultural scholar and UP Tacloban Humanities Division head Joycie Dorado Alegre, and the poet and Professor Emeritus...
Melodrama and more in this graduation
by Butch Dalisay - July 2, 2018 - 12:00am
Late June is graduation season under the new academic calendar of the University of the Philippines, and since the UP System is made up of eight constituent universities spread out over 17 campuses, that’s...
A respite in Luang Prabang
by Butch Dalisay - June 25, 2018 - 12:00am
I try to give my wife Beng a birthday treat abroad every year — a small price to pay for her manifold acts of kindness and generosity, not to mention her 44 years of patience in sharing a bed with a snorer...
Minding the magazine
by Butch Dalisay - June 18, 2018 - 12:00am
Last week, I wrote about acquiring copies of English magazines from the 1770s so my students in English and American literature could see what people in those days actually read, and what “entertainment”...
Minding the magazine
by Butch Dalisay - June 11, 2018 - 12:00am
If you collect old books like I do, the chances are that you’ll be picking up more than books as you scour the Web, garage sales, and library throwaways for that elusive first edition or that childhood te...
More autographs and memories
by Butch Dalisay - June 4, 2018 - 12:00am
Four years ago, I wrote a column-piece titled “Autographs and memories,” largely about a visit that Beng and I made to an exhibit of autographs at the National Archives in Washington, DC, where I ogled...
Revisiting the print
by Butch Dalisay - May 28, 2018 - 12:00am
I usually reserve my weekends for truly enjoyable things, like rummaging through Japanese surplus shops or just driving down south for a hearty lunch of steaming bulalo cooled off by fresh buko juice, but there was...
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