Santa-Sale

Christmas: A Capitalist Story

I wrote this essay for the Philippine Online Chronicles. All too often we hear complains of the real meaning of Christmas being overshadowed by the overly commercialized air of the holidays. More than a religious festivity about sharing and harmony in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, it has become a consumerist ritual where…

manmade-disasters

Man-Made Disasters?

‘Our fault’? More than just ‘man-made’, some of the biggest disasters are in fact the direct consequence of the world capitalist system of production that has concentrated wealth in a handful of monopoly capitalists at the expense of the environment and the majority of the toiling classes who wallow in abject poverty and desperation. The…

Dinosaur

Adventures in a miracle art museum in Cordova, Cebu

I wrote this for the Philippine Online Chronicles. The saying that all art aspires toward the condition of music has become a cliché. Originally said by Walter Pater more than a hundred years ago, this saying has more than lost its evocative edge. Today this has been largely replaced by the desire to attain the…