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A to Z Book Survey

I got this book survey from the The Book Hooligan: Author you’ve read the most books from I’m still debating with myself whether it’s Karl Marx or V.I. Lenin. Currently reading I am presently reading The Task of Cultural Critique by Teresa Ebert, Jangalnama: Travels in a Maoist Guerrilla Zone by Satnam, Etsa-Puwera by Jun…

From "Sa Lalong Madaling Panahon," a poem by Gelacio Guillermo.

Reading Poetry

In recent years much of my explorations in literature has been confined primarily to prose. Novels, short stories, essays, polemics, philosophy, literary criticism, political economy, etc. I have come to neglect poetry. This was not always the case. I used to be enamored by poems. I remember leafing through Pablo Neruda (Twenty Love Poems and…

Stumbled upon this sandcastle made by local children for a fee.

Boracay as Neoliberal Heaven

I joined my family for a week-long vacation in Boracay Island. Here are some cursory observations. To state the obvious, the best place to be in Boracay is the beach. The international magazine Travel + Leisure awarded Boracay as the best island in the world last year for this. And indeed Boracay’s famous White Beach…

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Teddy Casiño and Mayo Uno in Iloilo City

Teddy Casiño was here in Iloilo last May 1 to speak during the town fiesta opening program in Dumanggas upon the invitation of Mayor Onal Golez. He flew back to Manila the next day for a media conference with showbiz endorsers but returned to Iloilo in the afternoon to be present in the miting de…

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Mango all-you-can! The Guimaras Manggahan Festival

I wrote this commentary for the Philippine Online Chronicles. Mangoes from Guimaras are celebrated as one of the sweetest in the world. Situated between Panay and Negros in Western Visayas, the small island of Guimaras is said to possess unique soil qualities that make its mangoes luscious and sweeter. It thus comes as no surprise…

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Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution

I remember having a Che Guevara T-shirt back in high school. It was my favourite T-shirt. Many other young people wore shirts with Che’s image. But in my high school I remember with pride of being the only one wearing such a shirt. I felt all the more pleased at knowing who Che Guevara was.…