By Bart Guingona
When I first worked with Daisy Hontiveros Avellana, she was all of 88. By then she had survived five heart attacks, was suffering from crippling arthritis, had seen the loss of a baby, her husband, and even of her house to fire. I was asked by her daughter Ivi Avellana-Cosio to join a staged reading of Ladislas Fodor’s “The Vigil” to be performed at Far Eastern University (FEU). We rehearsed in the garage of their Pasig home and she sat there, script on her lap with an impish grin puffing up her cheeks.
Not Quite ThereBy Chit Roces
One of the best things about growing up Roces was having our own cinema, the Ideal, exclusive Philippine exhibitors of MGM (Metro Goldwyn Mayer) movies. Among the thrills it gave me and my cousins, aside from the obvious one of getting to watch movies for free, was meeting the likes of Charlton Heston, the epic star (“The Ten Commandments,” “Ben-Hur”), and the debonair Ricardo Montalban. They were friends and occasional house guests of uncle Marcos Vidal Roces, who himself rivaled them in looks.
By Prof. Florina “Lala” Castillo
National Artist Nick Joaquin’s “Portrait of the Artist as Filipino” occupies an unparalleled place of honor in the history, not only of Philippine dramatic literature but in all of Philippine literature as well.
ShineBy June Keithley Castro
I first met Ninoy about 30 two years ago when I was producing and hosting “The Late Nite with June and Johnny,” a talk show that aired at 10 p.m. Fridays on GMA Channel 7. It was a co-production; I had to shoulder expenses and GMA provided the air time, as at that time Freddie Garcia didn’t believe that a talk show aired so late would rate. Thankfully I was proven right, and it became so popular.
Gut FeelBy Minyong Ordoñez
I’m most loving when I write because writing is an unselfish act. After I’ve crafted my ideas, beliefs and sentiments, and read its expressions, I feel immensely refreshed. It’s as if the morning dew settled on my skin to cool my soul.
By Ruel S. De Vera
Ever creative and enigmatic, Nick Joaquin ranks among the greatest Filipino writers of all time. He certainly towers over everyone else when it comes to writing in English. Here was that rare exemplar who could do everything well. He wrote poems, short stories, novels and plays, and constructed powerful journalistic essays under his pen name [...]
By Totel V. de Jesus
The story has been told many times it has become stuff of legend. In 1929, when José Garcia Villa was suspended from the University of the Philippines for publishing what the school authorities viewed as erotic poems (“Man Songs”) and was fined by a Manila court for obscenity, he decided to migrate to the United [...]