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Today’s poison, yesterday’s medicine


Sometime in 1890, Dr. A. B. Meyer, the director of a museum in Dresden, Germany, wrote Jose Rizal, asking about hashish in the Philippines.  Rizal, who was in exile in Dapitan at that time, wrote back to say that there were no local names for hashish  but revealed that in 1879, he himself had used […]

Posted: July 2nd, 2011 in Columns,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Our fathers’ sons

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As a professor and administrator at the University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, I am constantly amazed by the number of male faculty and students who talk to me about problems with their fathers. They don’t usually ask for advice, at least not initially, but are instead looking for anthropological explanations as to why […]

Posted: June 18th, 2011 in Columns,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »