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Fixtures in the old city
by Juaniyo Arcellana - December 12, 2016 - 12:00am
Down the steps of the Carriedo station in Sta. Cruz LRT are the forgery guys plying their trade in the open, offering services to duplicate or produce out of thin air certificates of birth, marriage, death, the punch...
Vargas Llosa on reading, fast becoming a lost art
by Juaniyo Arcellana - November 14, 2016 - 12:00am
Nobel literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa capped an almost weeklong visit in the country by being conferred an honorary doctorate by De La Salle University last Tuesday, and in his acceptance speech stressed the...
City evaluating firm pursuing SRP carnival
by Jean Marvette A. Demecillo - October 16, 2016 - 12:00am
For this year’s Kasadya sa SRP, the Cebu City government is evaluating a company that will put up the carnival with the aim to generate income from its property.
Back to vinyl and The Black Vomits
by Juaniyo Arcellana - October 3, 2016 - 12:00am
‘Dead Verbs’ by The Black Vomits could also be a testament of the daily travails of the  newsroom where  demons have to be slain every day: ‘All my words are weary and weightless/ Floating...
Writers who did drugs and sent postcards from the edge
by Juaniyo Arcellana - August 22, 2016 - 12:00am
Sad but true: if the writers Henri Michaux, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William S. Burroughs were alive today, they would be hunted down by the present dispensation for being, as the vigilantes not so unwisely put it,...
Tropical goth metal romance
by Juaniyo Arcellana - July 18, 2016 - 12:00am
Just when we thought we were done writing reviews along comes this CD, Jack of None’s “(Who’s listening to Van Gogh’s Ear?)” from the Syjuco siblings: AG, Maxine and Julian. Am relistening...
The girls from Saint Louis
by Juaniyo Arcellana - May 15, 2016 - 10:00am
On a Thursday afternoon they came, three girls from Saint Louis University in Baguio City, for research work on their thesis of graduating communications students, “on the fidelity of the use of language affecting...
The fires of April
by Juaniyo Arcellana - April 10, 2016 - 10:00am
If there is something that must be said about the fires of April, it is that they claimed the bulk of National Artist Francisco Arcellana’s library, more than a thousand titles including some rare editions...
Making the invisible city visible again
by Juaniyo Arcellana - February 21, 2016 - 9:00am
Art has found a new home in old Manila, at least on that street full of history at the foot of Jones Bridge.
A series of aliases
by Juaniyo Arcellana - September 27, 2015 - 10:00am
In the news recently was a tongue-in-cheek pseudo investigative report by The New York Times on the purported author of the novel Cow Country...
Lav Diaz and the great ‘desaparecido’
by Juaniyo Arcellana - August 2, 2015 - 10:00am
If a person has spent considerable enough time on a chosen craft then sooner or later one disappears into it, as a teacher does into a classroom, or a newsman into a newsroom. No ifs, ands or buts, to aspire for...
Art, where art thou?
by Juaniyo Arcellana - March 15, 2015 - 12:00am
From CCP to Old Balara then back again southward to Reposo, art and the semblance of art are alive and well with a kick and a shove in the fiery month of March.
Liberty, equality, fraternity, Asterix & Obelix
by Juaniyo Arcellana - February 1, 2015 - 12:00am
One of the enduring running jokes at our news desk is the one on the “Profit Mohammad,” as referred to by the now southern Manila beat reporter more than a decade ago.
After-Xmas carol
by Juaniyo Arcellana - December 22, 2014 - 12:00am
If there’s one thing the world will never lack, it’s the Christmas carol that can play even long after the season.
Saving father’s library
by Juaniyo Arcellana - December 1, 2014 - 12:00am
Paging all scholars of the late Franz Arcellana, from Francis Quina to Pia Benosa and a couple of others whose names presently escape me.
Chennai, Memphis, Bavaria
by Juaniyo Arcellana - November 3, 2014 - 12:00am
It was as if in a space of three nights we had gone through three continents though in reality we had spent another October in Manila, safe and sound in the confines of the noble and ever loyal city.
Ballad of a thin man
by Juaniyo Arcellana - September 22, 2014 - 12:00am
The thin man is gone but it’s like he never left, merely disappeared into the newsroom.
Eleven fingers road
by Juaniyo Arcellana - September 8, 2014 - 12:00am
There are stars in the monsoon sky, and the eleven fingers road points to Galerie Astra at LRI Design building along Reposo, just across the Alliance Française French cultural center.
The unbearable lightness of jazz guitar
by Juaniyo Arcellana - June 9, 2014 - 12:00am
A little bird told me that Johnny Alegre, former jazz guitar enfant terrible of the UP Jazz Ensemble way back when, will be playing one of these nights at the Bar@1951 for the customary blues night, but no definite...
A matter of apostrophes
by Juaniyo Arcellana - June 2, 2014 - 12:00am
It took me a while to finish Gina Apostol’s Gun Dealers’ Daughter (Anvil 2010), not through any fault of the novelist, rather due to sheer intimidation with the type size, as well the bouts of attention...
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