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  1. Dear Mr. Manuel L. Quezon III,

    Congratulations on your excellent blog site! I’ve never blogged and have been looking for a good benchmark. It’s providential that a ‘hand’ led me to your blog site.

    I belong to a cybergroup of OFWs born in January 2008. We are exploring ways of building a cyber-home for ourselves.

    Mabuhay po kayo! Mabuhay ang alaala ng Pangulong Manuel L. Quezon!

    Best regards,

    Dr. Carmelita C. Ballesteros
    Teaching Fellow
    National Institute of Education
    Nanyang Technological University
    Singapore 637616
    Office Phone: +65 6790 3392
    Mobile: +65 9774 6759


    10 Q & GOD BLESS,.,.,.

  3. dear Manolo,

    I am from Samal Island, Davao Province… I write in Samalenews, a local paper, I appreciate your writings and I am reading it…

  4. I really appreciate your column in the PDI. Congratulation too for this very insightful blogsite.

    The country needs more of your kind.

  5. Mr. Quezon,

    Do you have a copy of the Footage of the Inauguration of President Quezon in 1935?
    If you do, can you please send me the video through my email, I would really appreciate it.

    Thank you and Long Live the Memories of President Quezon!

  6. i used to work there for 3 years during my stay at berklee, the experience was unreal. Fascinating and extremely useful in my career.

  7. am a passionate federalist Filipino-American happily residing in the Great Lone State of Texas. I watch your show-The Explainer on Direct TV/ANC Channel every possible chance I could get.

  8. Hi Manuel,

    Just want to say congratulations for being a successful journalist. I have not really read any of your articles or watched your show as I am living abroad. I just remembered the other day when I was watching a program about World War II in the Philippines where Manuel L Quezon was the President then, that I know someone, a classmate of mine with the same name when I was a grade 2 student in Don Bosco Mandaluyong. Anyway, I thought I’ll check it out from the web and I was right that you’re the grandson of MLQ. Keep up the good work and wish all the best!

  9. Good afternoon Sir.

    I always make it a point to read your column “The Long View” at the PDI. Same with Mr. de Quiros’ “There’s The Rub”.

    I read your article this morning “Malakas pa si Lopez”. I hope you won’t mind but I just linked my site to yours so people who have accounts at multiply.com will be able to visit your site too.

    Thank you.

    Carlos A. (http://carriero79.multiply.com)

  10. Hi Mr. Quezon,

    I was browsing through your CV and your credentials are truly impressive. I just realized that it would be a pleasure to have you as a professor at the Ateneo, either for history or journalism (or both). Hope to see you in campus, as I’ve noticed you’ve taught in other colleges last year.

    Thanks 🙂

  11. Hi Sir…

    thanks po for your article on Embracing Evolution. I shudder to think about the repercussions that may be brought about by fuedalistic tendencies, be it a perceived decline, if ever, in working conditions, in our quality of life or further shortages in resources, including GDP. [Web link attached

  12. Hi.

    I really enjoy reading your blog and watching your show. Everything has substance. I’m an architect by profession but i am also an urban planning student in UP.

    I haven’t seen nor read all your entries and shows. So,i was wondering if you could also do some series of episodes/entries on urban planning here in the philippines, its past and present state, and its role to the society. I know it’s a wide topic because planning is multi-sectoral, but I think it would be good to educate those who are not familiar how planning works, i.e urbanization, etc.

    Thank you.

  13. Magandang araw po!

    Ako po si Gil D. Turingan, 3rd year, kumukuha ng BA History sa U.P. Diliman.

    Minsan na rin po akong naging bahagi ng The Explainer. Kung natatandaan po ninyo, kasama ko po noon ang aking organisasyon (U.P. Lipunang Pangkasaysayan, U.P. LIKAS).

    Idaraos po ng aking organisasyon ang ika-17 Pambansang Kumpernsya ng mga mag-aaral ng kasaysayan at malugod po namin kayong iniimbitahan na maging tagapagsalita rito.

    Gaganapin po ito sa Agosto 26-27, 2008 sa UP Nismed Auditorium, UP Diliman.

    Kung inyong mararapatin, kayo po ay nakatakdang magsalita tungkol sa Kasalukuyang Ugnayan ng disiplinang Kasaysayan at Mass Media sa hapon ng Agosto 27. Bilang bahagi ng mass media, gusto po naming malaman ang inyong perspektiba hinggil sa aming tema.

    Ang tema po ng aming kumperensya ay “Makabagong Umalohokan: Ugnayan ng Kasaysayan at Mass Media.”

    Inaasahan po namin ang inyong positibong tugon. Marami pong salamat.

    Gil D. Turingan
    BA Kasaysayan
    Kolehiyo ng Agham Panlipunan at Pilosopiya
    Unibersidad ng Pilipinas-Diliman
    [email protected]

  14. Great program! Great for the cerebrum! Unbiased and very well delivered and explained. One in a million! Plus, keep up the good work of choosing pretty witty co-host. They ease the mind from a shower of ideas.


  15. Regarding Chris King Dela Cruz’s post:

    1. “Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago branding the Chinese as inventors of corruption for the whole humam civilization.”

    This statement is a classic case of Western Orientalism (Filipino Style). Edward Said described it as an ideology designed to degrade the Ancient Civlizations of Asia based on Hinduism, Confucianism, Buddhism and Islam by ascribing social ills of human societies to the intrinsic nature of Asian Cultures and Peoples.

    For example, there is a lot of graft and corruption in Asian countries. But it has nothing to do with Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism or Islam. Neither is it intrinsic to the Asian Peoples such as the Chinese or Indians or Arabs, etc. One only needs to look at the academic, professional and business achievements of Chinese and Indians living in Western Countries to prove this is false.
    What IS corrupt is the SYSTEM in most of these so-called Third World Countries which includes the Philippines.

    Rather than repeating the crude lies of Western Orientalism in a Philippine setting, Filipinos are well-advised to come up with a SYSTEM that prevents if not eliminate graft and corruption.

    2. “if you are a Filipino man, you probably cannot marry a Chinese woman”

    If you study Philippine History, during Spanish Times, most of the Chinese immigrants were male (called sangleys) who intermarried extensively with indio women to sire a new indio race called mestizo de sangley. After the U.S. took possession of the Philippines, the Spanish policy of encouraging intermarriage and assimilation (to Hispanic and Catholic culture) was reversed. Naturalization laws barred Chinese immigrants from acquiring citizenship. Additionally, Chinese immigrant females arrived in large numbers so that a pure-breed and alien Chinese community grew alongside the formation of a new Filipino Nationhood.

    In fact, if you look closely at the people who founded the Filipino Nation, most of them were mestizos de sangley starting with Jose Rizal. They defined the National Identity of Filipinos as follows:

    1. Anti-Chinese
    2. Anti-Muslim
    3. Anti-Asian

    They copied all of the worst features of White Christian Civilization to which they wanted or claimed to be a part of.
    There was no attempt even to define the Philippines as a Southeast Asian Country much less an Asian one.

    Given the above, it is very difficult for Filipinos to claim they are Asian when they want to be white. For conservative Chinese families who want to retain “Asian” identity, why should be marry off their daughters to be raised as fake whites which Filipinos are. Even well-educated Filipinos don’t know ANYTHING about Asian languages, religions, cultures and history. They want to STYLE themselves as:

    1. Little Brown Europeans (Jose P. Rizal)
    2. Little Brown Americans (Carlos P. Romulo)
    3. Little Brown Hispanics (Claro M. Recto)

    If you go to countries like Thailand, a Southeast Asian Country that was never colonized by Western Powers, they take pride in their own culture: Thai language, religion, food, customs, society, etc. The Sino-Thai there are 100% ASIAN. What about Filipinos? Asian? Hispanic? European? White?




  16. Hallo, Kuya Manolo! We may have different political beliefs, affiliations, and allegiances but I respect you a lot for your brilliant mind. More power to The Explainer!

  17. This site is a good entertainment!!!

    Can we have real facts, sir, please!!! Tired of conjuectured, gossipy, intriguing news …

  18. G’day, Manuel!

    I was actually searching info about the Batch 1984 of Don Bosco Mandaluyong when I saw your blog site.

    I believed you have good recollection of me. I am Arjohn’s older brother. He was a close friend of yours when you were in grade school. My other brother’s name is Arthur. It has been more than 25 years.

    I have been away for many years. I am in Auckland, New Zealand.

    Good to learn how the bright and articulate young boy became a successful journalist.

    Wishing you all the best in your endeavour.

    God Bless!


  19. Fernando Nakpil Zialcita, “Authentic Though Not Exotic”:

    “I propose questioning a concept that is over two millennia old, namely, ‘Asia.’ Simplistic notions of what Asia is and should be in relation to the West have succeeded in marginalizing, on the international scene, the achievements of lowland Christian Filipinos, not only in cuisine, but in the other arts as well. They have also succeeded in making many educated lowland Christian Filipinos apologetic about their culture when they reflect on it and have to articulate it before outsiders. Often they assume that since the costume, the music, the architecture, and the literature of lowland Christian Filipinos have an obvious Hispanic component, they cannot be Asian, for to be Asian means to be non-Western. Therefore, they cannot be ‘authentic’ either, for to be in Asia means thinking and behaving like a true Asian. Thus the anguish in defining the Christian Filipino’s identity. The maps indicate that his country is in Asia but both fellow-Asians and Western authors (generally non-Latin) question his credentials as an ‘Asian.’ On the other hand, though Hispanic
    elements continue to be vivid in the Filipino’s culture, Spanish as a spoken language has practically disappeared from his home, office, and school. This is a situation shared by the Filipino with the Guamanian.”

  20. hello,

    sir have you realized the your lolo saw and predicted the future accurately?

    he said, “i would rather that the philippines be ran like hell by filipinos”.

    isn’t that what is happening right now?

    just some food for thought. thanks. have a nice day!

  21. What is a Filipino?

    Renato Constantino:

    “An authentic Filipino is a decolonized Filipino.”

    Fernando Nakpil Zialcita:

    “An authentic Filipino is a Hispanized Filipino.”

    Ninoy Aquino:

    “The Filipino is worth dying for.”

    Jose Rizal:

    He died so that Filipinos may become authentic little brown Hispanics after Spanish decolonization.

  22. hey there sir.Ü
    im a high school journalism student. ;]
    while surfing the net, something led me to your site.
    This will be a great help for my editorials.
    Thanks. Hope to see you for sometime!

    –Diane of QC

  23. Dear Mlq3:
    Would you mind telling me about your father Nonong Quezon? Sometime in the 1950s he was my aunt’s boyfriend in Washington, D.C. but she can’t tell me what happened after he returned to the Phil. She’d like to know herself. Information would be a nice Christmas gift to her.
    Thank you.

  24. dear sir;
    i have known u when u married bernadette… thats all i knew about u. i have read your writtings (for that matter) regarding the closure of anito motels.. i was trying to search for an email add, and just happened to read your blogs? sorry sir, i might have knowledge with computers but not considering myself as a geek!. Can i send u an email? i have something to ask. if u dont mind sir?
    thank you very much for your time, but i know for sure the last Manuel L. Quezon is. More power and God bless.

  25. Dear Mr. Quezon,

    I chanced upon your blog, via Howie Severino’s site. It is good to be connected back home through your articles and musings!

    I am currently working in Tibet and feeling much of the isolation. There is this eerie feeling that I may be the only Pinay here at the moment.

    Situation getting “interesting” here leading up to next year’s China’s 50th year “in ” Tibet.


  26. I’m just curious. Bakit paiba-iba po yung ibig sabihin ng ‘L’ sa pangalan ninyo? kung si pres quezon ay luis at ang tatay nio po ay lucio, ano naman po kaya ang ibig sabihin ng L ninyo?
    if i’m not mistaken second name po yung L ninyo, hindi apelyido ng mga nanay ninyo (contrary sa paggamit ng apelyido dito sa pilipinas)
    nice site! i love your writings and the explainer. 🙂

  27. im a highschool student and i cant find answer to this question…What is the role of Constitutions in community development? i hope u can help me

    thanks po

  28. Good Day! We tried emailing you to your given email add. Im afraid you havent received it. The RC Lucena South would like to invite you to the forum of “Hati Quezon” on Dec 6, 2008 Please email me your contact details so we could keep in touch with you regarding the said forum. Thanks! More Power!

  29. Hi Mr. Manuel Quezon,

    You really have a great mind! Hope to see you soon in the political arena. I guess it’s time to have a new breed in the Philippine politics. I’m proud to be a Quezon. Hope we’re distant relatives.

    Cloyd Q. Guinomma, CLS(ASCP)
    Cypress, California

  30. Magandang gabi po,

    May itatanong lang po ako regardless po sa ating gobyerno…? Sa tingin nyo po ba may patutunguhan ang ating bansa if sakali magbago ng gobyerno kung tawagin CHA CHA daw..!!!

    Ano po ba ibig sabihin ng CHA CHA.. Ito po ba ang magiging resolba sa probleman ng ating bansa lalo na ang pamumulitika, corruption at kung ano ano pa..

    At sa inyong opinyon, sino po ba ang karapat dapat na maging lider o pangulo ng bansa natin….? Yung may karanasan na ba sa pulitika o yung isang lider ang hangad ay para sa kabutihan ng nakakaraming pinoy..

    Gusto ko rin malaman po, sa tingin nyo po ang mga estudyante na ggraduate this coming march 2009, may mga trabaho o opportunity na nag aantay sa kanila lalo na’t ngayon ay humaharap tayo sa matinding krisis financial sa buong mundo…

    Thank you and God Bless…

  31. Hi Mr. Manolo,

    I’ve read your most recent article entitled, “Christmas Tragedies” on Inquirer.net.

    And so I would like to personally express my gratitude for giving us a voice.

    Thank you and God bless.


  32. Dear MLQ3,
    My name is Afghani Alonto, son of the late Domocao Alonto and a grand-son of your grandfather’s colleague, Sultan sa Ramain.
    You see I was born in the time when my beloved grandfather had long passed away. I only heard very few things about him from my late father. The only thing that my father told me about him was when Pres. Quezon ordered his constabulary to take my grandfather to a safe house to protect him from the Americans. And he told me that he was a real patriot.
    But alas, here you are, posting his translated speech to my awe! With that, I can’t thank you that much. As you know, we Muslims in this country are the most unheard lot though my people played a big role in shaping this country into a nation long before the coming of Spain.
    I wander if you can also share to me more of the historical documents in relation to my grandfather’s stint as one of your grandfather’s colleague such as speeches, events, and yes, pictures. Maybe you can also identify those people in the picture you posted above the speech. It would also be helpful if I can get the original text (must had been in Meranao dialect) so that I can cross check if the translation is accurate.
    Once again, in behalf of the Alonto family, we thank you for bringing back history using this modern technology.
    Afghani Alonto

  33. Hi mlq3!

    I’m one of your fans and i just want to take this opportunity to say that i really love your writing and insights on history. However i hope that in the near future, more people will hear your insights on public television. (if i am correct you only have regular appearances on cable)
    I believe many proletariat (one myself) will learn from your insights. And if i may offer this criticism, you do look and sound quite elitist. I hope more people reach you in public tv they will learn so much from you.

    With lots of admiration and respect,

  34. Great site!! this helps us all in understanding the good and unfortunately the bad side of Filipino culture and habits. May this help us all change what is happening to the Country.

  35. Great insight on Ricardo Manapat and for seeing him for what he really is….i mean WAS. He embarrassed his whole family who are wonderful people and brought shame to his mother if she ever found out. Yes….she never knew about him because he kept her from reading papers, learning news, etc…..Anyways, I hope the Filipino people don’t hold Ricardo Manapats wrong doings against his family who are good citizens, honest in every way and proud Filipinos.

  36. I have read and seen you sometimes in television since am seldom watch, and it happned that as i browse searching for materials in rice research facilities stumbled upon your site.

    Just curious to inquire , but it was a long time maybe it was 1989 , that I have a fellow filipino working on a Japanese ship which told me that he had met a son of late President Quezon , some where in South America, I can’t remember if Uruguay , Panama or Paraguay. Was it your parents, or do you have any relative living in South America.

    Pleasure to get in touch and keep the good works , best wishes.

  37. Hi Val, that must have been my father, he spent a lot of time in Brazil in the mid to late 1960s. Thank you for dropping by!

  38. Hi MLQIII,
    Glad to see your guestbook.
    I am an avid reader of your inquirer column,”long view.”
    YOur thought provoking insights about Philippine history motivate me to better appreciate, how far we have come as a nation from where we once were and yet how far we still must go.
    Good luck on your present position in the Aquino Government
    Hoping that you continue supporting / fighting for GAY RIGHTS ADVOCACY.
    From DALLAS texas with luv,
    baylor dental school

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