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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 »

Young artist shines a light on recent Philippine history

LONG display of postcards of images Abad scanned and
reproduced from two
1991 auction catalogs from Christie’s. PHOTOS BY ALANAH TORRALBA

The ongoing exhibit of young artist Pio Abad at the Jorge B. Vargas Museum at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman might come across as staid, especially for those who saw his splashy silk scarves exhibited at Silverlens last year. Those framed squares of silk told a story of the Marcos regime, using the remnants and trappings of that era.

Posted: September 16th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Health and Wellness,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Conservationists concerned about historic Army-Navy Club building

FAÇADE of the Army Navy Club. All but the shell of the building remains now as the developer has stripped the building of its walls and interiors. PHOTOS BY EDGAR ALLAN M. SEMBRANO

Historic Army and Navy Club (ANC) in Manila has become a shell and a ghost of its old self after it has been stripped and practically dismantled by a hotel developer with clearance from City Hall and even the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).

Posted: September 8th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Jesuits on my mind

Minyong Ordoñez

John P. Delaney, SJ—I first saw Fr. John P. Delaney, SJ, in 1949 at the Padre Faura campus, still war-torn amid rubbles caused by American bombings in 1945.

Posted: September 7th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns | Read More »

What the war turned us into

DE LA Salle High
School Batch 1947. A
quartet of survivors:
Ernesto Martinez,
Alfred Ysrael,
Manuel Igual and
Salvador Quirino. In
the background is
the author Conrado
“Ben” Sanchez Jr.

My classmates and I were only 12 years old when the Pacific War broke out in December 1941. By the time the war was over in August 1945, our wartime experiences propelled us from childhood into adulthood in just four years. In the process, adolescence was bypassed.

Posted: September 7th, 2014 in Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »