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The Artist Abroad

Twice Betrayed

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Larry Itliong

“Cesar Chavez,” the movie, directed by the Mexican actor Diego Luna, is a heartfelt and rousing portrait of its eponymous subject, the Chicano who rose to national and international prominence in the 1960s by being the face of the movement to boycott California grapes as a tactic to force the growers to improve the working conditions and pay of those who picked the fruit. The organization he headed was the United Farm Workers (UFW), the result of a merger between his and Dolores Huerta’s National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) and the mostly Filipino Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC), then headed by Larry Itliong, and affiliated with the AFL-CIO.

Posted: April 8th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

The Artist Abroad

A sad tale of conquest and betrayal

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Isabel Rosario Cooper. Studio portrait by the Jose Reyes Studio, Hollywood, CA 1940 Courtesy of Miljohn Ruperto and Koenig & Clinton Gallery

Armies of occupation seek their pleasures from the populations under their control, their gaze at once intrusive, inquisitive and possessive.

Posted: March 21st, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

The Artist Abroad

The Fab Four Live!

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Not the Broadway musical, with its trademark nudity on stage, psychedelic light show, and celebration of the Age of Aquarius, but one’s own hair.

Posted: February 16th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns | Read More »

The Artist Abroad

Men and Women for Others

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The recent expulsion of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, from the United States due to alleged visa fraud and abuse of her maid, Sangeeta Richard, also from India, brought to the public’s attention the role servants occupy in the lives of middle- to upper-class Indian society.

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

The Artist Abroad

Canary in the Mine

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Santo Nino Shrine in Tacloban after the monster typhoon Yolanda

As has been noted in news dispatches on the devastation wrought by Typhoon Yolanda, not far from Tacloban is the town of Palo, on whose beach, in October of 1944, General Douglas MacArthur and his aides, along with Sergio Osmeña, and Carlos P. Romulo strode ashore to wrest Leyte and the rest of the Philippines from the Japanese and thus begin the task of reinstituting the status of the archipelago as its sole American colony. MacArthur went on to proclaim, “People of the Philippines, I have returned.” To commemorate that landing, several life-size statues were later implanted in Palo’s surf. One of those statues was toppled by Yolanda. Alas, it wasn’t MacArthur’s but that of Romulo. I guess MacArthur’s big ego stood him in good stead.

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

The Artist Abroad

A typhoon of a different sort

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Ormoc City in the aftermath of Super Typhoon “Yolanda”.  CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Bill Godbout

These past three weeks, the world’s attention has been focused on the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan, or Yolanda, in the Eastern Visayas.

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

The Artist Abroad

Noli Me Tangere in Manhattan

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A scene of the party at Don Santiago's Binondo home, welcoming Ibarra back. Photo/Project Fury13

Last year, Noli Me Tangere, the opera, was staged in Chicago. I heard about it and wanted to see it but couldn’t and wished that it would be staged here as well. Fortunately like-minded New York-based Filipinos had the same idea.

Posted: October 14th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

The Artist Abroad

Glasnost at the Vatican?

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Pope Francis might just visit typhoon-devastated Leyte, which has more than 1 million Catholic faithful. AP FILE PHOTO

A “small chapel” is how Pope Francis describes what the Roman Catholic Church might wind up becoming if it keeps playing the role of morally superior know-it-all.

Posted: September 24th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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Stop insulting pigs!

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Now that there has been a colorful public display of outrage against the abuse of pork-barrel funds, with Janet Napoles accused of being the conduit through whom legislators diverted billions of pesos for their own enrichment, now that people have marched with their porcine masks and witty banners, and have had their fun, what next? We have been down this road before, haven’t we?

Posted: September 9th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

The Artist Abroad

Lives larger than themselves

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FRANCIA cover 2_The Party's Over_front

In 1968, the United States bombardment of North Vietnam was at its peak. It was a war against a country that had not attacked the United States—a replay of the 1899 Philippine-American War, and a foreshadowing of other wars, such as the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Posted: August 25th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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