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21st of September: Who remembers? Who forgets?

The journals and recollections are coming out: On the 22nd, in the late hours of the evening and early morning, opposition leaders were hearing knocks on their door and were being invited to the military camps....

After 32 years, a film comes home

IT was in 1988 when a film was completed and released. The dictator had left the country; a new president had been sworn in. The word “people,” for the first time, became a...

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...
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