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Filipinos as artists in lockdown

The humanities—what we call “the arts”—are sorely needed at this time. The necessary isolation, for all that it is good for public health, has been terrible for mental health—and this is something that the arts can and does help soothe the nation’s collective psyche back to bearable thresholds.

Malevolent beauty: Noelle Q. de Jesus’ ‘Cursed and other stories’

While I waited for the book to arrive from Singapore, where Noelle de Jesus is based, the author asked me to forgive the typos in the book, which was taken from the first run of the...

Bayanihan’s global dance fiesta

Dance is a discipline that stays with you for life—and dance opens up a world of culture to those who engage in it, and those who watch dance performances. Suzie Moya Benitez sat down with Tony & Nick...

Indie irreverence & romance

Curling up with a good paper book is a pleasure one must never, ever underestimate. Me, I’m meeting the happy holidays with indie books by two of my favorite authors (who also happen to be two...

Fighting for freedom: PEN amid protests

The past four weeks have seen protests erupt around the world: In South America, in Asia, and the Middle East. When the 85th PEN International Congress opened at he Culture Center in Manila, Hong Kong was in upheaval with protests that...

Freeing the Word: The 2019 NJLA & the grants for humanities research

The winners of the annual Nick Joaquin Literary Awards (NJLA) were feted in the City by the Bay on September 20 at the Citystate Tower Hotel on Mabini St. in Ermita, Manila. Journalist...

Band of Brothers: What to do with music so it matters

The already dim bar goes dark, the proverbial hour before a dawning stage explodes into the combined energy of sound and light, the clink of beer bottles and glasses with stronger stuff counterpointing the intensity emitted from the speakers flanking the...

Crystalline time: Poems from Aida F. Santos’ precise pen

Poetry is spare, its economy of lines one where every word and punctuation contributes to the imagery of the verse, where these tiny things deepen the meaning of each line, building a whole that is more...
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