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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 »

The Artist Abroad

Torquemada is alive and well in Sampaloc

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This year would have been an unusual one for me in terms of publications. I would have had a volume of poems and a collection of nonfiction out, with just a couple of months separating the former from the latter. Two books in the same calendar year: It would have been a first. I hadn’t planned it this way and, as it turns out, that is not what happened.

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

The Artist Abroad

Outlaws and typhoons

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Anews item recently got my attention. Apparently, in a study of the deadly effects of hurricanes (or typhoons), a group of researchers observed that, in the United States at least, there were more fatalities and more destruction wrought when the hurricane/typhoon had been christened with a female name.

Posted: June 8th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns,Headlines | Read More »

The Artist Abroad

All Hail to Those Who Hold Up Half of Heaven

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I suppose it was bound to happen but I was hoping it would happen much, much later on in Francis’s tenure as the pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. The revival of a crackdown on American nuns, specifically the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), however, by the Vatican-appointed Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, lets us in on the good cop/bad cop dual role that Francis has started to exhibit. It’s a kind of balancing act apparently, so no faction of the church is completely happy or unhappy with his policy decisions.

Posted: May 19th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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