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Manuel L. Quezon III: on-duty punditry, off-duty rants, double-duty opinions and opportunings. Resources on Philippine history.

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Manila House: The Philippines during pandemics past

Tweet While COVID-19 is the first pandemic to hit the Philippines in modern times, more than a century ago, the country was dealing with the Spanish flu outbreak. Before that, epidemics such as cholera and typhoid were everyday realities for citizens young and old, rich and poor. Political commentator, writer and TV host Manuel Quezon […]

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A thread on the Lockdown

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Spot.ph Commentary: Imelda, Stage Mother: Thoughts on The Kingmaker

How Lauren Greenfield's documentary is a story deprived of an ending.

Tweet How Lauren Greenfield’s documentary is a story deprived of an ending. by Manuel L. Quezon III Feb 14, 2020 Nearly a generation separates Ramona Diaz’s documentary, Imelda, from Lauren Greenfield’s documentary, The Kingmaker, also on Imelda. Diaz’s work opened the curtain, so to speak, on the Last Act of Madame Marcos’ life: her transformation from Iron Butterfly to Celebrity […]

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A note on Rafael Antón, the Philippines, and the Spanish Civil War

Tweet In 1986, during our visit to Spain, my father took me to visit the Valle de los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen). It was a few months after the EDSA Revolution, and Marcos was still fresh in everyone’s minds. It was a somber experience, from the moment we caught sight of the imposing complex. […]

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Code of Citizenship and Ethics: 1939

Tweet On August 19, 1939 a Code of Citizenship and Ethics was promulgated by President Quezon through Executive Order No. 217. It remains in force to this day. In 1940 a small book was published by the Committee that drafted the Code, explaining the meaning of each item in the Code, and providing examples that […]

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Readings on POGOs, the Philippines, and Beijing

Tweet As China grapples with a slowing economy, a turn inwards is pressuring even the super-wealthy to toe the party line in a conspicuous manner. I. Backgrounder: All politics is local November 22, 2017: Mixing the sand into the hardened soil, in Inquirer Opinion (my column): Writing in the London Review of Books on Nov. […]

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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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Clinton Palanca

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Clinton Palanca By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:04 AM June 05, 2019 The passing of a writer, whether, as they say, in the prime of life or at the end of a long career, is like the dropping of a stone in a pond. There are ripples of grief, […]

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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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The Long View: Sa Pulong? Sa Ferdie!

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Sa Pulong? Sa Ferdie! By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:06 AM May 29, 2019   It was fun while it lasted. But it’s sabong time. At least, that’s what recent goings-on in the congressional Grand Cocker Speakership Derby suggests. Her Honor, Mayor Sara Duterte, may have teamed up with […]

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Jewish Refugees and the Philippines: A Timeline

Tweet If you’ve watched the film, “Quezon’s Game” (or even if you never do), hopefully you will become interested in learning more about the rescue of Jews who found a safe haven in the Philippines. Hopefully the extracts from academic articles and books will help provide a deeper understanding of these events. All errors and […]

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The Long View: An embarrassment of riches

Tweet THE LONG VIEW An embarrassment of riches By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:04 AM May 22, 2019   It took the resignation of Kiko Pangilinan as Liberal Party (LP) head (on the principle of command responsibility) for the desiccated coconut known as the presidential spokesperson to bounce with joy over the administration’s […]

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