Category: elmer ordonez

Not quite goodbye to all that

By Elmer Ordonez Eight years is not a particularly long time for a columnist but having started late (2004) I feel a need to take a leave to attend to unfinished matters in my other writing. Rony Diaz, the Manila … Continue reading

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More than a century of Lope K. Santos’ Banaag at Sikat

By Elmer Ordoñez As a columnist in English I cannot ignore intellectual trends in Filipino, which has been the preferred language of many professors in their fields (notably Ateneo, UP, La Salle, all elite schools) – which is only just … Continue reading

Sleeping with the enemy

By Elmer Ordonez Affiliates of a party-list group are hard put to justify their participation in the Aquino administration holding key positions in national security, human rights, and antipoverty program and possibly other lesser posts in government. That is, if … Continue reading

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The ‘golden age’ and the little magazine

By Elmer Ordoñez The post-war years were euphoric—being free again, going back to school, and meeting friends who had all become adults, and missing some, casualties of a brutal war. They were also uneasy times because of the Huk rebellion … Continue reading

Carlos Bulosan on writers after the war

By Elmer Ordonez Retrieved from my chaotic files is a copy of Carlos Bulosan’s typewritten notes (five pages) on Filipino writers after the war. It was sent years ago by Prof. Epifanio “Sonny” San Juan (the leading authority on expatriate … Continue reading

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Literature (art) and propaganda

The writers workshop method was imported from abroad by NVM Gonzalez and the Tiempos whose workshops continue to train our writers in the formalist manner. Generations of students fell under the spell of this pedagogy and a few of them, … Continue reading


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