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Fil-Am student gifts ecstatic Aquino with Harvard T-shirt

NOVEL WELCOME President Aquino gets a heckling—and a
shirt—after delivering his policy speech at John F. Kennedy School of
Government at Harvard University in Massachusetts. EDWIN BACASMAS

No sooner had President Benigno Aquino III wished he had something to remember the private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, by when he received a cool gift from a young Filipino-American.

Posted: September 27th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »


From UP activist to hooligan

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 »

The Artist Abroad

Et tu, Ateneo?

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 »

Pope John Paul II’s visits to PH

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POPE John Paul II waves to the huge crowd inside his Popemobile during the 1995 World Youth Day in Manila. FILE PHOTO

The late Pope John Paul II, who served as Pontiff from 1978 to 2005, visited the Philippines twice—in February 1981, when he beatified the first Filipino martyr, Lorenzo Ruiz, and in January 1995, when an estimated 4 million Filipinos attended the Mass he celebrated at the close of World Youth Day.

Posted: April 26th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »


When Cesar Chavez embraced a dictator, a Fil-Am hero said, ‘No se puede’

Philip Vera Cruz

In 1977, the dictator Ferdinand Marcos scored an incredible propaganda victory.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns | Read More »