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Jose ‘Butch’ Dalisay: Playwriting teaches dramatic economy

THE “PENMAN” Butch Dalisay

Author of two novels (and a third being written), master of the short story in English (three collections), biographer, literature professor and newspaper columnist, José “Butch” Dalisay Jr. has likewise written and produced some 12 plays from 1970 to 1994 (also published in three collections).

Posted: December 7th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Remembering Marilou Diaz Abaya


Amazing how women’s intuition works. There I was, yearning to write something about Marilou, but resisting the urge lest some people think I had joined the bandwagon, claiming to be one of her best friends which definitely I was not, when suddenly, I got this call from an editor-friend: “Ine, how would you like to write an article about Marilou?”

Posted: November 3rd, 2012 in Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Requiem for Marilou Diaz-Abaya

A YOUNGER Diaz-Abaya (left) in 1985 waits for her turn to greet Cecile Licad (not facing camera) with Charito Solis, Dina Bonnevie and former Energy Minister Geronimo Velasco.

In her short but fruitful life, filmmaker Marilou Diaz-Abaya (1955-2012) lived and breathed music, which was also an integral part of all her films.

Posted: October 22nd, 2012 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Direk’ Marilou Abaya and freedom


When we were seminarians in the mid-’80s, Fr. Roque Ferriols, SJ, told us in our Philosophy class that the Filipino translation of Ignatius of Loyola’s “Take and Receive” was inaccurate. The final line of the prayer goes, “Give me only your love and your grace, these make me rich, I ask for nothing more.”

Posted: October 14th, 2012 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

How Marilou Diaz-Abaya found health and healing in diving


As writer, director, teacher and diver, Marilou Diaz-Abaya has never failed to astound. On every occasion where we have had the privilege to observe her, she has always revealed something new in her persona. We come home from the book launch of her latest project, “Reefs of Paradise, a Divine Gallery,” feeling blessed, discerning a holiness, a oneness with the Superior Being we have never yet experienced especially under such circumstances.

Posted: December 27th, 2011 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Health and Wellness,Photos & Videos | Read More »