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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,...
Life (and death) on installment
by Jose Dalisay - December 4, 2023 - 12:00am
The sudden collapse of Loyola Plans – yet to be explained to longtime customers like me – reminded me of the fragility of our expectations.
Tabi kayo riyan!
by Jose Dalisay - November 27, 2023 - 12:00am
When the EDSA busway – a special lane just meant for public utility buses – was inaugurated in June 2020, I was among the many millions of Metro Manila motorists and commuters who breathed a sigh of relief...
What we aspire for
by Jose Dalisay - November 20, 2023 - 12:00am
It was a humbling but also uplifting experience to attend the 65th Ramon Magsaysay Awards ceremonies last Nov. 11 at the Metropolitan Theater, in which four new awardees – including Filipino peace negotiator...
Business with culture in Iloilo
by Jose Dalisay - November 13, 2023 - 12:00am
Over the past year, still eagerly emerging from our post-pandemic stupor, my wife Beng and I have been traveling up a storm, limiting ourselves to local destinations such as Bacolod, Virac, Davao, Roxas City and...
Beyond reportage
by Jose Dalisay - November 6, 2023 - 12:00am
It was probably fitting that I finished reading Patricia Evangelista’s highly acclaimed account of “murder in my country,” Some People Need Killing (Random House, 2023), over a holiday devoted to...
Who’s afraid of big bad AI?
by Jose Dalisay - October 30, 2023 - 12:00am
I no longer attend writers’ conferences and festivals that often, believing that younger writers would benefit more from each other’s companionship and encouragement, but I made an exception last week...
The death of a crony
by Jose Dalisay - October 23, 2023 - 12:00am
When a friend asked me, about 15 years ago, if I would meet with another friend of his who wanted me to write his biography, I almost fell off my chair when I learned who my prospective subject was.
The slaughter of innocents
by Jose Dalisay - October 16, 2023 - 12:00am
Two Saturdays ago, my wife Beng and I sat enthralled as we watched a brilliant performance of the play “Anak Datu” at the CCP’s Black Box Theater.
Remembering Ed Hagedorn
by Jose Dalisay - October 9, 2023 - 12:00am
Like many Filipinos, I was surprised to hear last week that former Puerto Princesa mayor and Palawan congressman Edward “Ed” Hagedorn had passed away aged 76. It was a peaceful death, according to reports,...
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