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The other Pepe

This column started out in my mind as an account of a return visit to Dapitan, where my wife Beng and I had first gone eight...
By adminfp23 December 13, 2019

A pen-filled weekend

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything about the original inspiration behind this column and its title my longtime...
By adminfp23 November 13, 2019

Rockstar of the Renaissance

Leonardo Da Vinci: 500 years of genius Musicians and myths are inextricably linked. There is Robert Johnson’s pact with the...
By adminfp23 October 28, 2019

Chasing the minokaua

First heard of the term in the late ’80s, in Davao during the time of the total solar eclipse and a group of poets had come to...
By adminfp23 October 28, 2019

Not a requiem

Past noon Tuesday text messages and social media broke the news of the death of Carlos Celdran, the performance artist who...
By adminfp23 October 15, 2019

Tropical dreaming

MANILA, Philippines — No two artists paint a landscape in the same way. It’s clear in the exhibition “In Harmony With...
By adminfp23 October 7, 2019

Love letters from Rody

(Part one) It’s nothing short of embarrassing to stumble upon other people’s intimacies — you know you shouldn’t be...
By adminfp23 September 30, 2019

In a black & white world

A couple of days before a private screening of Jun Robles Lana’s latest, Kalel 15, at the Cinematheque Manila, news broke about...
By adminfp23 September 30, 2019

Yorme’s Manila

Maynila is said to date back to the 13th century. It’s not the oldest capital in Asia but is certainly several centuries older...
By adminfp23 September 10, 2019

The magic of movie music

"Music from Movies” — a concert tribute to 50 years of FINEX service — proved to be a magical night under the baton of...
By adminfp23 September 10, 2019

Clouds on his tongue

Francis Bacon and I never talked about art, it was always about finding a taxi,” David Medalla told me one particularly cloudy...
By adminfp23 September 10, 2019

Meaning in the many

In my fiction writing classes, until I recently retired, I often began the semester with what I thought was a generous offer, or...
By adminfp23 September 2, 2019

‘A sense of place’

That’s the title of the latest art exhibit of elementary and high school classmate Pep Manalang, held last July at The Drawing...
By adminfp23 September 2, 2019

Who is Mr. C?

Ryan Cayabyab is known by many names: National Artist for Music, Ramon Magsaysay Awardee, Maestro and The Music Man. The name...
By adminfp23 August 29, 2019

Return to Magic Mountain

Last was in Baguio six years ago for an arts exposure trip sponsored by a fuel company, including a field trip to the BenCab...
By adminfp23 August 26, 2019

Santi Bose redux

A reunion among family and friends marked the start of the exhibition series “Santiago Bose: Painter, Magician” at Silverlens...
By adminfp23 August 26, 2019

Scavenging a Smith Corona

I had the privilege of being mentioned last week in the column of my historian-friend and fellow connoisseur of all things older...
By adminfp23 August 26, 2019

Revisiting Paeng Salas

Few millennials would be familiar with the name today, but in the 1960s and 1970s, Rafael Montinola Salas — Paeng to many —...
By adminfp23 August 19, 2019

A little learning

I know and can appreciate the effort (and maybe even the talent) that it takes to add two or three little letters to your name,...
By adminfp23 August 12, 2019

Ostrich years

The lesbian scenes in Lav Diaz’s ‘Ang Hupa’ at Cinemalaya are tastefully done in a tantalizing maze of bodies blending with...
By adminfp23 August 12, 2019

A 20-year-old collectible

Old friend Sam Santamaria, an artist-writer based in New Jersey, came up with a blast from the past recently, emailing a request...
By adminfp23 August 5, 2019

‘Tenderness is radical’

A recent talk of mine to the graduates of the College of Arts and Letters at the University of the Philippines seems to have gone...
By adminfp23 August 5, 2019

Songs for the world to sing

MANILA, Philippines — In the mid-’70s, I was invited to speak to a group of students in a very casual get-together. In my...
By adminfp23 July 31, 2019

Makiling is in the heart

MANILA, Philippines —  When I was 11 years old, my grandfather asked me if I would be interested in studying in a school up in...
By adminfp23 July 31, 2019

A center with a history

Calamba Medical Center started in 1989 as a two-story structure on a 1,073-square-meter lot in the area called Crossing. Its...
By adminfp23 July 31, 2019

Writers in progress

I’m always happy when people who were my students rise up in their careers and begin to find their own voice and footing —...
By adminfp23 July 15, 2019

Intelligence without values

We have geniuses aplenty, many of them employed by those in power, but like their despotic bosses they are moral idiots who have...
By adminfp23 July 8, 2019

Mechanical murmurs

I’m sure no more than a handful of us knew about it, but last June 23 was National Typewriter Day — in America, where...
By adminfp23 July 1, 2019
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