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The Artist Abroad

Mexico in Manila, Manila in Mexico

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Most people I know don’t usually associate being Asian with being Latino. This applies, surprisingly, to I would say a majority of Filipino-Americans, as well as to quite a number of Filipinos, the distinction being that the latter were born and lived long enough in the Philippines to form a distinct Filipino-ness even though they may possess U.S. citizenship. The passport one holds is not always an accurate guide to one’s cultural background.

Posted: September 16th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

The Artist Abroad

The man who would be king

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Ninoy Aquino

Thirty-one years ago, on August 21, 1983, Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. was murdered on the tarmac of the Manila International Airport, the victim of the Marcos regime. He left behind a widow, Corazon Cojuangco Aquino, who would succeed Marcos as head of the republic; and, among other children, a son, Benigno III, who now sits as a one-term president.

Posted: August 22nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

The Artist Abroad

A boy, a girl, manongs and musicians

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A young boy through no fault of his own is deported from the very country he was born in. A teenaged girl growing up in a small, rural town imagines parricide, or does she actually commit the gruesome deed? Agricultural workers go on strike against powerful grape growers in California, resulting in the formation of a union.

Posted: August 5th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Living Abroad | Read More »

The Artist Abroad

A light that continues to illuminate

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mabini

He was born poor and he died poor, not having materially profited from his service to a revolutionary government and his country that he envisioned as a just, humane and independent nation. He refused to pledge allegiance to a Western power that crossed the Pacific bent on an imperialist takeover, claiming that this was for the benefit of a captive brown race at the same time that that power betrayed its own revolutionary origins.

Posted: July 23rd, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Gallery | Read More »

The Artist Abroad

Et tu, Ateneo?

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Former first lady Imelda Marcos  FILE PHOTO

There she was, an imeldific Imelda beaming amidst smiling students, an honored guest recently of the Ateneo Scholarship Foundation, an appearance that generated outrage from several quarters, including many alumni. As a consequence, the university president, Jose Ramon Villarin, SJ, apologized, saying that he was sorry “for the pain that this event may have caused” and that the Ateneo would “never forget the Martial Law years of oppression and injustice presided over by Ferdinand Marcos.”

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns | Read More »

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