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of gods and patriots

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In similar histories throughout humanity, the concept of the Divine continues to have an intrinsic assertion of power and authority.   From a certain perspective, it’s an embodiment of an above force and supreme control from which everything emanates –natural order and the foundations of human arrangements and civilizations.  For those who sought and continue to seek power, the definitive aim is to share and exploit that divine authority and to manipulate dogma in order to legitimize authority.  Divine rule as a mystical and complex apparatus of control and political hold…read more

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bigyan|give

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The Tagalog word bigyan means to give. This is not a language lesson, but rather a look at Ugu Bigyan, the potter from Tiaong, Quezon. Because the name fits. Bigyan’s artwork, his creative technique, his feel-good home that is open to the public for luncheons and gatherings; his artistry, cooking and pottery demos and art gallery have been featured in many newspapers and magazines. But not much has been written about this mild-mannered, generous man with an infectious and heartwarming laugh. Ugu Bigyan is an artist, an accomplished cook and…read more

the rise of modern manila

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After the capital was occupied by the Americans, ‘modern’ Manila began to emerge even while the U.S. military was still fighting Aguinaldo’s army. Parks, promenades, thoroughfares, and new buildings were constructed. An immense ice factory was erected on the south side of the Pasig River, and Clarke’s ice cream became available (in 1899) at an ice cream parlor/candy shop/café set up at Plaza Moraga in Binondo. The Colegio Filipino was established in 1900, the first private non-sectarian university, founded by Mariano Jhocson and later named the National University. The first…read more

home at last

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While he has lived in the US and in Europe for many years, Mario V. Fernandez feels that coming home has inspired him to create his finest works. Mario V. Fernandez grew up with art, not just drawing on every piece of paper he found, but surrounded by fellow creative people, most of them with backgrounds in theater. While he didn’t try out acting, a life in the arts was the only thing he knew. His parents let him be, and soon enough, he was winning school competitions. “Art is…read more

transitorytranquility
popo san pascual’s
blue and white phase

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Filipino painter Popo San Pascual has been especially recognized for vibrant, multi-hued paintings filled with an abundance of circular and composite patterns. Throughout his years of work in the visual arts, San Pascual has intuitively filled entire surfaces of his canvases with brightly colored spheres and circles — geometric in origin but almost organic in the way they are situated within the works. In San Pascual’s paintings, abstract forms and occasional representational images converge to create a brightly colored dynamic tapestry, brimming with vibrancy and bordering on horror vacui, a…read more

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the b’laans of lamlifew
a living museum

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I kgetu gu de bong banwe Muna de kdee Mne gu de Dwata kafye laweh. De ksakay gu de aweng mayeng, mdel i do kfe Do kmangil ago de kelil, ende teen gu banwe Elmingil ago di kwanan, ye lego teen labon bukay kento gu kurong, ye fandam go Dwata, ko lende ge di lawil gu La gamsakay agu eweng mayeng gembet ani, naku lende malbang to tmebeng la gafat ago de banwe ni Tay kafye de lawil go na di dadto tmabeng di gami Doen man dad nga flinge…read more

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tahanan ni ling

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The journey you take in re-rooting yourself often, is also a journey of self-discovery. This temporary loss of balance, of the sense of centeredness, gives occasion to pause and take stock of your life. As you purposefully pack your possessions, you often become aware that these things that you hold in your hands are the same things that become gateways to memories often joyful, poignant or distressing. Then you realize that not only what you hold in your hands but also everything else around you transforms into similar portals. This…read more

shooting the moon

by in lit

Book Review: Children of the Ever-Changing Moon (Essays by Young Moro Writers) edited by Gutierrez Mangansakan II, Anvil Publishing, 2007 The word “Moro” has unfortunately suffered a negative image in modern society. It has come to connote violence, rebelliousness and divisiveness to anyone who reads newspapers everyday. With many still equating the word with “terrorism” and “jihad,” it is perhaps fair to say that the Islamic face in modern literature has been stifled. Children of the Ever-Changing Moon, an anthology of essays by young Moro writers, is a refreshing glimpse into contemporary Muslim…read more

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go away white
the unblinking art of
bea camacho

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“It is as if I were made of stone, as I were my own tombstone.” Franz Kafka, diary entry dated December 15, 1910 The art of Bea Camacho is one of recognition, that of sensing the patterns that emerge and recur on an otherwise unblinking, sparse façade. In a sense, it also keeps its distance like perhaps an austere landscape that, when viewed too closely, becomes a lunacy of pointillism. In fact, if not for the person of the artist herself — affable, intelligent and slightly self-effacing — it would…read more