Category Archive: Current

Mar 20

Coping mechanisms

Tweet   Tony Abaya’s column Stability from Failures, got me thinking the other night. A country that has undergone repeated national traumas: the defeat of the 1896 revolution; the defeat of the First Republic and the Filipino-American War; the Japanese Occupation; the depredations of the Hukbalahap; the First Quarter Storm and Martial Law, including the economic …

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Aug 28

India at 60

Tweet Current – By Manuel L. Quezon III on August 28, 2007 12:08 AM    You cannot go wrong with watching Partition: The Day India Burned, a documentary produced by the BBC to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the independence of India. In 1857 Indians revolted against British rule, and just like our revolt against …

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Jul 07

Weekend readings

Tweet Current – By Manuel L. Quezon III on July 7, 2007 2:43 PM   Two articles make for thought-provoking reading this weekend. The first is Michael Tan’s Tisoy Kasi!, a romp through history, language, how we currently see ourselves and how we can see ourselves not only in a better, but more realistic light: …

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Jun 24

Korea and us

Tweet Current – By Manuel L. Quezon III on June 24, 2007 3:54 PM   YOU may have noticed that the Inquirer’s embarked on a series of articles about a growing number of people in our midst: Koreans. For an older generation of Filipinos, of course, Korea and the Philippines was about a shared defiance …

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Apr 15

Paradox of modernity

Tweet Current – By Manuel L. Quezon III on April 15, 2007 3:15 PM   JOHN’S entry has me thinking of one very good example of how the traditional view of government as end-all and be-all has given way to a more modern view. And that has to do with gas prices. Once upon a …

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Mar 26

We Filipinos

Tweet Current – By Manuel L. Quezon III on March 26, 2007 5:35 PM OUR government conducts surveys on poverty, of course. And when surveys emerge that it doesn’t like, it actively disputes such non-government surveys. But in the end, government goes where public opinion leads it. The President imposed a deadline on curbing hunger, …

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