Postscript to Masungi
by Jose Dalisay - April 22, 2024 - 12:00am
Senate President Pro Tempore and environmental champion Loren Legarda did the right and necessary thing last week when she called on the Bureau of Corrections to desist from building prisons or offices on land it...
The country I wanted to love
by Jose Dalisay - April 15, 2024 - 12:00am
Fourteen years ago, I received a writing assignment that any journalist would have jumped at: to go with other media representatives on a week-long visit to Israel and to report on our observations.
Wanted: Gentlemen
by Jose Dalisay - April 8, 2024 - 12:00am
A shipload (let’s get that consonant right) of questions has been raised over the “gentleman’s agreement” alleged to have been entered into between former president Rodrigo Duterte and China’s...
A French sojourn
by Jose Dalisay - April 1, 2024 - 12:00am
My wife Beng and I were in France last week to give a series of lectures at the invitation of the Paris Institute of Political Studies, better known as SciencesPo.
The real pasaways
by Jose Dalisay - March 25, 2024 - 12:00am
The local internet came down hard last week on an anonymous teacher who was caught on livestream giving her students a scorching tongue-lashing for what she claimed was their lack of respect and discipline. Almost...
Epilogue to a novel
by Jose Dalisay - March 18, 2024 - 12:00am
It was in 1986, shortly after EDSA and my arrival in the US for my graduate studies, that I began thinking about what would eventually become my master’s thesis and my first novel, Killing Time in a Warm Place....
An advocate for IBD
by Jose Dalisay - March 11, 2024 - 12:00am
You’ll forgive me this “proud papa” moment if I preface this week’s column with the news that our unica hija Demi Dalisay Ricario, who’s unbelievably turning 50 later this year, represented...
It isn’t just money
by Jose Dalisay - March 4, 2024 - 12:00am
My recent column titled “An F for Philippine Education” apparently struck a chord among many readers who messaged me to say how appalled they were by the findings of the Second Congressional Commission...
How young Filipinos see their future
by Jose Dalisay - February 26, 2024 - 12:00am
This semester, I’m teaching an undergraduate class in UP called “Professional Writing,” a course I designed more than 20 years ago to help English and Creative Writing majors (and other seniors...
An F for Philippine education
by Jose Dalisay - February 19, 2024 - 12:00am
An important document that’s been showing up in the inboxes and on the desks of both government and private-sector policymakers these past couple of weeks leaves no room in its title for misinterpretation:...
Bringing UP to the people
by Jose Dalisay - February 12, 2024 - 12:00am
Since it was established in 1908 as a “university for Filipinos,” the University of the Philippines has grown into a system of eight “constituent universities,” each with a certain degree...
Hymns of repentance
by Jose Dalisay - February 5, 2024 - 12:00am
A certain senator was quoted some time ago as saying that Filipinos supporting the intentions of the International Criminal Court to probe the Duterte administration’s bloody tokhang campaign should be made...
Fighting windmills in Masungi
by Jose Dalisay - January 29, 2024 - 12:00am
“Ondoy started here.” If that memory of the catastrophic flood that turned much of Metro Manila into a deadly swamp in 2009 doesn’t chill you, then little else will.
Taylor Swift 101
by Jose Dalisay - January 22, 2024 - 12:00am
There was a lot of snickering around the local internet a couple of weeks ago when the University of the Philippines announced that it was going to offer a course on the American megastar Taylor Swift.
What I have learned
by Jose Dalisay - January 15, 2024 - 12:00am
Pardon me if I wax a bit personal today, as I turn 70, much to my great surprise, coming from a generation that didn’t expect to live past 25.
Trump 2.0
by Jose Dalisay - January 8, 2024 - 12:00am
In my column last week, I mentioned the “Trumpian dystopia” threatening to take over the United States and many other rightward-leaning societies and governments around the world.
A Church for all humanity
by Jose Dalisay - January 1, 2024 - 12:00am
You never see me write about religion, because I believe it’s an intensely personal thing (albeit with a communal aspect), but I can’t help being surprised and saddened by what seems to me to be the latent...
Nurse and patient both
by Jose Dalisay - December 25, 2023 - 12:00am
(Today I’m offering, as I customarily do, a Christmas story, albeit one in rather unusual circumstances, to provoke us into reflecting on what Christmas should mean.)
Bullets to ballads
by Jose Dalisay - December 18, 2023 - 12:00am
Maye it’s that time of year, when we get all wishful and start asking for things that will likely never come or never happen – like peace on earth and goodwill to men – but it’s the wishing...
A breakthrough for peace
by Jose Dalisay - December 11, 2023 - 12:00am
I honestly didn’t know what to feel when I first read the news that a breakthrough appears imminent in peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front (and behind it,...
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