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Dispatch from Bicol: The canceled feast

Not in my lifetime, I told myself. Not in my lifetime that the biggest, most important festival in the Bikol region would be canceled. When acquaintances asked some weeks back if it was possible for them...

The great story continues: ‘A.D. Kingdom and Empire’

I AM always curious about stories from the Bible. Jesus Christ has always been—bar none—the most intriguing individual of all time. For someone so historically significant and arresting, there are no clear proofs of the person...

Commanding celebrations and the memories of dictatorship

Today, September 11, 2020, is the beginning of what could be an annual celebration in Ilocos: this is the declaration of the late dictator’s birthday as an official holiday. Through sheer political will on the part...

‘Hollywood’ is Hollywood’s apology to Hollywood

WHAT other critics find despicable in the Netflix series Hollywood is what saves this seven-episode grand memorialization of the golden age of the film industry in America. It is the end of war....

And when September goes, we shall all be counted

Feasting on its national heroes on the last day of August, the country began counting its people on the first day of September. It was census all over the...

Nostalgia for justice: ‘Tokyo Trial’

ON August 15, 1945, Emperor Hirohito announced the surrender of Japan after years of hostilities in the “Far East” (strange how we still refer to these Oriental labels after all the deconstruction...

Goodbye to August

I can see from where I sit that the winds are here. The tall plants outside our perimeter, the one with white flowers, are bending over away from the small street fronting...

The 2020 Gawad Urian nominations in the age of Covid

THESE films will go down in history both for their excellence but also for the fact that they are being honored in these bleak days of the pandemic and lockdown. With nine nominations each, two films...
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