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The Artist Abroad

The masses are Messiah

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There were yogis, Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Muslims, atheists, agnostics, vegans, tree-hugging capitalists, grandparents and grandchildren. There were Communists, Socialists, feminists, pacifists, bicyclists though no bikers as far as I could tell.

Posted: September 26th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns | Read More »

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 »

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