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Philippine novelist wins US book award amid cancer and ‘Yolanda’

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GINA Apostol. ALANAH TORRALBA

“Last year was a very weird year,” says Gina Apostol. For the award-winning Philippine novelist, 2013 was a year of ravages and richness, of worry and wonderment, the kind of year that other people make up for their books.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Donna Tartt’s book for the decade

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Because Donna Tartt only writes one book every 10 years or so, the arrival of any new novel by the American fictionist should be treated as a literary event by itself.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Shelf Lives


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A comfortable perch at Mt Cloud. EV Espiritu/Inquirer Northern Luzon

Paper cranes hang in the crisp morning air, held aloft by almost-invisible strings in the window. The light hits the rest of the room, where books stand next to more books. A comfortable wooden chair stands in the center. There’s a selection of books on Baguio against the wall, and a cove of children’s books in a corner.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Producer says ‘Captain America’ sequel has something for everyone

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Though he is one of Marvel Comics’ most iconic characters, Captain America is not the easiest concept to bring to cinematic life.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

James Rollins’ science soldiers

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The modern world is in danger. Armed groups plan attacks. Nature unleashes disasters. How does one deal with these problems all at once? James Rollins has the answer—Sigma Force, and you can brief yourself using their latest operation, “The Eye of God: A Sigma Force Novel” (William Morrow, New York, 2013, 410 pages).

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Marvel-ous 75!

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LEINIL Yu with Iron Man. PHOTO BY RUEL S. DE VERA

It’s amazing, uncanny and mighty that Marvel Comics commemorates its 75th anniversary in 2014 with the “House of Ideas” having unleashed the likes of Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Avengers, Iron Man and X-Men throughout that time and tracing its origins to 1939’s “Marvel Comics” No. 1. This year also brings the newest addition to the Marvel Studios cinematic universe: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The new movie, which has Chris Evans reprising his role as Steve Rogers, is a sequel to 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger.”

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

The book of Esther Grace Earl

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Stunning in its cleverness and sadness, John Green’s 2012 young adult masterpiece “The Fault in Our Stars” won over audiences and led to Green’s first motion picture adaptation due out later this year starring Hollywood “It Girl” Shailene Woodley. The novel is about a brilliant teenager named Hazel Grace who has to deal with her impending death due to cancer and her irresistible romance with Gus—who also has cancer.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Man Booker Prize winner is big on greed and love

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Finishing some oversized books can be a chore. Other books are so outsized that getting to that last page requires exertion. But then there are the rare heavyweights that turn getting to the end into achievement.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

‘Doctor Who’s’ excellent fictional explorations

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OF course, it’s a tricky question: “Who is Doctor Who?” The simple answer: “Doctor Who” is the longest running science-fiction television show in the world, though the series and its benevolent, alien, time-traveling protagonist, simply called “the Doctor,” are very much a proud British creation.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

Glory days


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Among the cage stars in the book are (clockwise from top left) Marc Pingris, Japeth Aguilar, Jimmy Alapag and Jayson Castro (Contributed photos)

It was a step towards greatness. On Aug. 10, 2013, the Philippines rejoined the ranks of the world’s basketball elite, an achievement that resonated in a nation addicted to basketball. To do so, the team, known as Gilas Pilipinas, had to overcome the team that had emerged as its nemesis in international play through the years: Korea. Bucking the odds and in front of a frenzied home crowd, Gilas did just that, winning 86-79, ensuring the team of at least a second place finish and one of three slots to the basketball World Cup in Spain in 2014.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

The reign of Rodrigo Santoro

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RODRIGO Santoro as Xerxes in “300: Rise of an Empire”

It was one of the more striking transformations in any personal filmography. In the 2003 ensemble film “Love Actually,” Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro played Karl, a handsome, sweetly shy tech guy in the early stages of an office romance with Laura Linney’s Sarah. Then, in a truly astonishing change, Santoro was unrecognizable but utterly unforgettable as the grotesquely pierced, inhumanly tall, power-mad god king Xerxes in the kinetic historical action epic “300.”

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

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