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From UP activist to hooligan

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Budget Secretary Florencio Abad. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

  Thirty years ago, I briefly turned from UP activist to hooligan. This was in September 1984, when UP students led by Loudette Almazan barricaded the Diliman campus to dramatize our opposition to the Marcos dictatorship. We were young, daring, fearless, militant. But remembering one moment during the ‘84 Diliman Barikada still makes me cringe. It […]

Posted: September 23rd, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

Filipino victories in basketball and math

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Gilas Pilipinas just wrapped up an incredible run at the Asian championship. They deserve all the praise they’ve received, despite not winning the gold.

Posted: August 12th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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Why Filipino Americans say Pilipino, not Filipino

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Members of the Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor cast of the San Francisco State University student group's Pilipino Cultural Night show in 1992. PHOTO/Elrik Jundis

There’s an interesting side note to the ‘Filipinas’ vs ‘Pilipinas’ controversy. A similar debate, this time over whether it should be ‘Filipino’ or ‘Pilipino,’ also erupted decades ago — in America.

Posted: July 17th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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‘Little Manila is in the Heart’

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Dawn Mabalon was a UCLA college student when she came across Carlos Bulosan’s ‘America is in the Heart.’

Posted: July 12th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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Scars from Ampatuan, a writer’s insurmountable courage

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Maria Alexandra Nichole, Ruschiel Faye Marie and Xhandi Glaze are the daughters of Rosell Morales, a staff member of the News Focus, who was among the 32 journalists killed in the Ampatuan Massacre. NUJP PHOTO

I remember looking forward to two events in 1999: the birth of my first child and meeting one of Southeast Asia’s greatest writers.

Posted: June 26th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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