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The Explainer: On the New People’s Army

Tweet That was a scene from “The Last Emperor,” showing the period in China’s history in the late 60s known as the Cultural Revolution. The Cultural Revolution thrilled radical students in the Philippines. The idea of Chinese-style revolution gave birth to the New People’s Army. March 29 will mark the 38th anniversary of the New …

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The Explainer: Magsaysay in retrospect

Tweet That was the voice of Ramon Magsaysay, as shown in the PCIJ documentary, Papogi, The The Imaging of Philippine Presidents. There are two significant Magsaysay anniversaries this year. On March 17, it’s the fiftieth anniversary of his death; on August 31, it will be the centennial anniversary of his birth.   Tonight: Magsaysay in …

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The Explainer: A Feminine Achievement

Tweet Rex Harrison as the misogynist Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady” expresses the hostility men have had towards women down the ages. A political role for women seemed as out of bounds as decent working conditions for them. Until women took it upon themselves to demand equal rights. March 8 marks International Women’s Day. …

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The Explainer: Media and campaigning

Tweet That was a scene from “Citizen Kane.” Orson Welles, playing a thinly-disguised version of the famous publisher William Randolf Hearst. The crusading publisher and media and their causes is an enduring image to this day. So in current campaign, what role should media be playing? And more importantly, can it play that role? I’m …

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The Explainer: Marcos in retrospect

Tweet That was a scene from “The King and I.” As Mongkot found the world, so too do we find to this day, power and those who wield it. Such a puzzlement! And no one remains more puzzling then Ferdinand Marcos.   Tonight, Marcos in retrospect. I’m Manolo Quezon. The Explainer.   I.   The …

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The Explainer: Guerrilla Movement from 1942 to 1945.

Tweet That was a scene from “Back to Bataan,” where a schoolteacher who won’t haul down the American flag is hanged by the Japanese. Thus did Hollywood paying tribute to the resistance. Last week, we covered the Battle for Manila. Tonight, the guerrilla movement from 1942 to 1945.   I’m Manolo Quezon. The Explainer.   …

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The Explainer: Princes of the Church

Tweet That was a scene from “Conclave,” where a dying Pope creates his nephew a Cardinal, and gives him a chance to succeed him as Pope. Recently, Senator Joker Arroyo proposed a resolution suggesting the need for more Cardinals for the Philippines. Some of his colleagues wondered if this was something the Senate should be …

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The Explainer: Manila

Tweet 37:44 -38:25 “It’s obvious” to “American troops enter the fortress…”   That was a scene from “The Battle for Manila”. It shows the transformation of the liberation of Manila in 1945, into the death of a city. From February 3, to March 3, 1945, the Manila of fond, prewar memories, was destroyed. The destruction …

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The Explainer: Edsa Dos in Retrospect

Tweet “All those that loved Caesar…” “…It would be as if he were struck by lighting…” Rome, 2×01 (29:54 – 30:37)   That was a scene from Episode 1, Season 2, of Rome, where Marc Anthony negotiates ith Brutus, a post-Casear scenario. In this manner must the fall of Joseph Estrada have been discussed. Where …

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Explainer: Christmas

Tweet Explainer Christmas   [Bones. S03E09: 10:27-10:45  From “…There’s the old Dutch Sinter Claus…” to “More jolly…”]   THAT was from a recent episode of the TV series, “Bones,” where Dr. Brennan points to Santa Claus as an instrument for child control. Tonight on the Explainer, we’ll look at the ghosts of Christmases past, and …

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The Explainer: The Vin d’honneur

Tweet That was a scene from “The Godfather” in which the Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista toasts in the New Year, and hours later, fled the country with his cash.   The climax of our country’s extremely long holiday season has always been, for officialdom at least, the New Year’s toast given by the President to …

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The Explainer: Sedition

Tweet Over the past year, one of the favorite pet phrases of our government is, that it will prosecute all those who “incite to sedition.” Our country’s love-hate relationship with sedition is our topic for tonight.   I. Voices of dissent   Jacinto Zamora, priest Jose Burgos, priest Jose Rizal, ophalmologist, journalist, novelist Andres Bonifacio, …

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