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Twelve readings for High schoolers

Tweet In response to  a schoolteacher,  herself responding to an inquiry, here are 12 readings I’d suggest for a high school student. Actually, two lists, the first list is a set of online readings because books might be too expensive. I. A list of readings for every high school student, because attention span is often […]

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A Marcos Mystery Story

Tweet An epic story on Ferdinand Marcos, medals, and an American historian’s claim he engaged in what today we’d call identity theft to create a wartime hero persona.   Marcos, medals, letters, and links It begins with this Jan. 1, 1983 entry in FM’s diary: Mrcos diary entry, p.1 Marcos diary entry, p. 2 Marcos […]

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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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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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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 Explainer: The costs of competition

Tweet The costs of competition Manolo Quezon — The Explainer Posted at Nov 13 2017 01:18 PM   There’s no such thing as a free summit. The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in 2015 involving 21 economies cost P10 billion, including P2.6 billion for the Office of the President, with P118.2 million for representation and […]

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The Long View: Miguel

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Miguel By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:22 AM April 12, 2017 You could be a third of his age, and he would still insist you call him, simply, “Miguel.” While he was alive I could never bring myself to call him that, but in death, at least this once, […]

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Answers to Heydarian's Questions

Tweet Responses I gave to a questionnaire from Richard Heydarian: Q. How does Duterte compare historically with his predecessors? what makes him unique? A. Three things set him apart: age, with half a century separating his world-view, language, and thinking from the majority of the current population; purely local experience, which means all things are […]

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Unintended consequences of Napoleonic solutions

Tweet ON December 14, 1840, Napoleon Bonaparte’s body was brought in a glittering funeral procession through Paris. See The death of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Retour des Cendres: French and British perspectives for a synopsis of the circumstances surrounding the return: The procession and parade organised by the authorities presented a level of splendour never […]

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My answers to questions on the War on Drugs

Tweet (August 30 Questions from Rasheed Abou-Alsamh, and my answers to the questions. A portion was quoted in his article.) Q1. What are your general thoughts on this campaign? Do you support it, or think that it has gone too far with nearly 2,000 already dead? The number of dead is an indication of what is […]

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Notes on the Marcos Medals

Tweet (updated August 11, 2016–see postscript)   Background In 1983, the Washington Post printed an article by John Sharkey, questioning the claims of wartime heroism of then President Ferdinand E. Marcos. This led to Minister of Information Gregorio Cendaña writing a rebuttal in a book Documents on the Marcos War Medals published by the Office […]

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Sources on, and Accounts of, Past SONAs

Tweet I. What a SONA is   In February, 1972, the Philippines Free Press observed in an editorial (back when terms began on Rizal Day and thus Congress convened in January) that, Every new year the President of the Republic addresses Congress and the people with what is known as his State-of-the-Nation message. An envisioned […]

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