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paris attacked

‘A horror’: French president vows ‘pitiless’ counterattack after terrorists kill 149 in Paris Dozens are dead, the country’s borders are closed and the city of Paris has been flooded with soldiers after an “unprecedented” string of terrorist attacks struck the … Continue reading

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good for a laugh

unwitting court jesters of the world, filipinos are, the philippine government, even religious leaders, included.  we’re always good for a laugh or two, laglag bala being only the latest gaffe that has the world laughing in exasperation if not in … Continue reading

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writing in a “climate of fear”

Speech delivered by National Artist Nick Joaquin at the Philippine PEN Conference, July 1983. Let me show you fear in a handful of dust—or rather of press releases. A PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) member took a handful of press releases … Continue reading

MH17, the horror, the unspeakable pain

this is somewhat late, news-wise, but it’s taken a while to wrap my head around it, even longer, to put feelings, thoughts, into words. soon after malaysia airlines flight 17 was shot down july 17 in ukraine airspace allegedly by … Continue reading

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things fall apart

…Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity… … Continue reading

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Point counterpoint & the questions one dares to ask

On House Bill 4260 and Senate Bill 2679 By Myra Beltran In February 2011, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. filed Senate Bill 2679 seeking to “designate Ballet Philippines Foundation Inc. as the Philippine national ballet company.” Listed therein was the scope … Continue reading

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