Category: Commentary

Clinton Palanca and the dilemma of the (un)hyphenated Filipino

Tweet Clinton Palanca and the dilemma of the (un)hyphenated Filipino How the esteemed writer became a scholar of an evolving identity, from Filipino Chinese to Chinese Filipino. Manuel L. Quezon III | Jun 07 2019  facebook twitter In the kitchen of his little London flat, some strange-looking vegetables materialized early one afternoon, and I asked Clinton …

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Review: ‘Quezon’s Game’ finds its way to the heart of the truth through make-believe

Tweet Raymond Bagatsing as Manuel L. Quezon Review: ‘Quezon’s Game’ finds its way to the heart of the truth through make-believe Don’t watch it to know about history, writes Manuel L. Quezon III—grandson of the film’s main protagonist—but be entertained, and appreciate how it seeks to tell truths through dramatic nuances Manuel L. Quezon III …

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Bonifacio Is Your Cubicle Seatmate

Tweet Bonifacio Is Your Cubicle Seatmate And chances are your office complaints reflect the grievances of the Philippine Revolution. by Manuel L. Quezon III Nov 30, 2017 ILLUSTRATOR War Espejo (SPOT.ph) Bonifacio had a modest—though not that modest—background, it’s true. But let’s look at what that precisely meant. His father, Santiago, was a tailor, but …

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DemocracyPost Commentary: When strongmen meet: Trump and Duterte in Manila

Tweet DemocracyPost Opinion When strongmen meet: Trump and Duterte in Manila By Manuel Quezon III November 12 at 1:19 PM President Trump talks with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte during a gala dinner marking in Manila on Nov. 12. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Manuel Quezon III is a columnist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper and the host of …

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Spot.ph Commentary: The Taxonomy of Terror

Tweet Win The Taxonomy of Terror We have a uniquely Filipino way of looking at the supernatural. by Manuel L. Quezon III Oct 31, 2017 ILLUSTRATOR Warren Espejo (SPOT.ph) Recently The New Yorker published an interesting article about the unexpected revival of “Dungeons and Dragons” in the United States. The article mentions how Stranger Things …

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Spot.ph Commentary: Haunting and Horror

Tweet Win Haunting and Horror There’s a difference between spooky and scary. by Manuel L. Quezon III Oct 27, 2017 ILLUSTRATOR Warren Espejo (SPOT.ph) Words can spook you without resorting to chainsaw type tricks. We all know this from childhood, as our elders told us stories that caused goosebumps and raised the hairs on the …

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Spot.ph Commentary: Ferdinand Marcos and Us

Tweet News + Features Win Ferdinand Marcos and Us We are far from being able to take stock of his life. by Manuel L. Quezon III Sep 11, 2017 Shares ILLUSTRATOR Warren Espejo(SPOT.ph) A hundred years ago today, Ferdinand E. Marcos was born. If things had gone his way, instead of mass and luncheon in …

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Spot.ph Commentary: Magsaysay Didn’t Boogie But Boy, Could He Mambo

Tweet Win Magsaysay Didn’t Boogie But Boy, Could He Mambo And his rivals said it was a national calamity. by Manuel L. Quezon III Sep 1, 2017 ILLUSTRATOR Warren Espejo(SPOT.ph) August 31 marks the birth anniversary of a great Ilocano (not the one you might be thinking), Ramon Magsaysay. Even as you’d tuned out in …

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Spot.ph Commentary: Why Isn’t Independence Day in August?

Tweet Win Why Isn’t Independence Day in August? We’re legalistic and confuse heroism with sainthood. by Manuel L. Quezon III Aug 31, 2017 ILLUSTRATOR Warren Espejo(SPOT.ph) Chances are you only thought about National Heroes Day in terms of it making a long weekend possible. And now, you’re looking forward to another long weekend thanks to …

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DemocracyPost: It turns out martial law in the Philippines isn’t quite so simple after all

Tweet DemocracyPost  Opinion It turns out martial law in the Philippines isn’t quite so simple after all By Manuel Quezon III June 15 Government soldiers stand guard as troops continue their assault against insurgents from the Maute group, who have taken over large parts of Marawi City, Philippines, on Thursday. (Romeo Ranoco/Reuters) Manuel Quezon III is a …

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Spot.PH Commentary: The Philippines Isn’t What It Used to Be

Tweet The Philippines Isn’t What It Used to Be Hint: We used to consider Palau part of the country. by Manuel L. Quezon III Jun 12, 2017   (SPOT.ph) We mark Independence Day with displays of the flag, and generations of schoolchildren are reminded of its evolution, and the meaning of the sun and stars …

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SpotPH Commentary: Effects Of Duterte’s Declaration Of Martial Law In Mindanao

Tweet Effects Of Duterte’s Declaration Of Martial Law In Mindanao | SPOT.ph What President Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao means by Manuel L. Quezon III May 24, 2017 ILLUSTRATOR War Espejo(SPOT.ph)   In our country, Martial Law has been imposed four times. The first was by President Jose P. Laurel on September 21, …

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