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F. Sionil José issues list of recommended books

Bust of the writer by top sculptor Julie Lluch

National Artist for Literature F. Sionil José is a formidable name in literature. His novels and short stories have been translated into 28 languages. The novels in the five-novel series, the Rosales Saga, have been translated into at least 22 languages.

Posted: September 1st, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

‘If I Stay’: Young Adult novel on life and death now a movie

“IF I STAY” is an out-of-body romantic drama.

An out-of-body experience situates Mia Hall (played by Chloë Grace Moretz) in a fork path that forces her to choose between pursuing her musical dreams and following the path to love.

Posted: September 1st, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

My Top 101 Books (not necessarily in order)

COLLECTION of more recent stories by Gregorio Brillantes; “Playing with Water:
Alone on a Philippine island” by British writer James Hamilton-Paterson; US-published short story collection of Bienvenido Santos; “The Tale of Genji” by Murasaki Shikibu,” translated into English by American Japanophile Edward
Seidensticker; and Giuseppe Di Lampedusa’s “The Leopard,” about the Risorgimento

  1. “My Antonia” by Willa Cather   2. “Noli Me Tangere”  by José Rizal   3.  “El Filibusterismo” by José Rizal   4. “For Whom the Bell Tolls”  by Ernest Hemingway   5.  “How Green Was My Valley” by Richard  Llewelyn   6.  “Don Quixote” by Miguel de  Cervantes   7. “Plays”  by Eugene [...]

Posted: September 1st, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Japanese superstar Haruki Murakami returns with–surprise!–a short novel


An odd twist twist of fate, the Japanese youth from Nagoya named Tsukuru Tazaki is the only one in his group of five friends whose name doesn’t include a color in Nihongo. That’s why friends dubbed him “colorless Tsukuru.” But his reticent, quiet personality lent the nickname a further fateful quality.

Posted: September 1st, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

The (unsuccessful) roasting of Gilda

WITH her balae
Jose V. Abueva
by her side

I’ve never been to any “roasting,” literary or journalistic. I have no idea what goes on at occasions of that kind.

Posted: August 31st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »