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How much do we know about martial law? You’ll be surprised

‘PORTRAIT OF PUTRIDITY, DECAY’  Portrait of the exiled Ferdinand Marcos as he faced his death in Hawaii by lupus in 1989. As a martial law victim puts it: “its architect is a portrait of putridity and decay.” Pointillist drawing by Lynett A Villariba

On Sept. 23, 1972, Filipinos learned about the declaration of martial law by President Ferdinand Marcos on TV and the radio. Preceded by an unexpected nationwide power failure, the news angered, shocked and scared many.

Posted: September 19th, 2014 in 2BU,Headlines | Read More »

A young virtuoso on the rise

ENZO Medel in action

I walked into Lorenzo (Enzo) Medel’s humble home with his concert program stuffed inside my bag. I was going to have it autographed by the winner of several prestigious competitions: the Namcya (National Music Competition for Young Artists), PTGP (Piano Teachers’ Guild of the Philippines) and the UP College of Music and National Steinway Piano Competition.

Posted: July 11th, 2014 in 2BU,Headlines | Read More »

Accepted–but not quite: LGBT youth speak


“I feel misunderstood and alone, to put it simply,” 20-year-old Youngblood says. “People talk of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) as if we were a different species, as if our sexuality was the only thing that defined us.

Posted: May 30th, 2014 in 2BU,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Bacolod is full of sweet surprises


“If you like sweets and pastries, then you’ll love Bacolod,” a Cebu Pacific flight attendant told my 8-year-old sister Christine on our flight from Manila.

Posted: January 24th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Food | Read More »

‘We need to stay strong’


The worst is over, but the aftermath lingers. Stories of 20-meter-deep water, strong winds and incredible survival flooded the media, as more and more casualties were tallied. Property, land and livelihood were lost, but this was nothing compared to the 10,000 missing, and hundreds of thousands of homeless evacuees.

Posted: November 15th, 2013 in 2BU | Read More »