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Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

In this 2003 photo released by the Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI), Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, left, is seen in Monterrey, Mexico. Behind is Colombian journalist Jose Salgar. Garcia Marquez died on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at his home in Mexico City. The author's magical realist novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality. The FNPI was founded by Garcia Marquez. (AP Photo/Andres Reyes, FNPI)

Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia’s Caribbean coast.

Posted: April 18th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Friends give Donnie Ramirez a fond farewell


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We can still hear Donnie’s throaty baritone that almost always would explode into laughter after he gave a wisecrack or naughty comment. That’s because we still can’t quite believe that Donnie just died last Tuesday at dawn, a few hours after his 73rd birthday.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

Indian writer, editor Khushwant Singh dies at 99

In this Dec. 20, 2010 file photo, Khushwant Singh, 96, talks sitting next to a fireplace in his house in New Delhi, India. Singh, a force in India's literary world for more than 60 years, has passed away at his New Delhi home, his daughter said, Thursday, March 20, 2014. He was 99. AP

Khushwant Singh, a journalist, editor and prolific writer whose work ranged from serious histories to joke collections to one of post-Independence India’s great novels, died Thursday at his New Delhi apartment, his daughter said. He was 99.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Young artist leaves behind a legacy of light

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SALUBAYBA demonstrates possibilities in shadowplay theater.

The art world mourns the loss of prolific contemporary artist Don Salubayba, who died after falling on a short coma on March 12.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Maya Angelou mourns death of poet Amiri Baraka

This Oct. 2, 2002 file photo shows Amiri Baraka, New Jersey's poet laureate during a ceremony at the Newark Public Library in Newark, N.J. Baraka, a Beat poet, black nationalist and Marxist revolutionary known for his blues-based, fist-shaking manifestos, died, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, N.J. at age 79. AP

Maya Angelou is mourning her friend Amiri Baraka, remembering him as a vital poet whose private persona differed greatly from his fiery public image.

Posted: January 11th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

US thriller author Tom Clancy dead at 66

Tom Clancy AFP File Photo

US author Tom Clancy, whose spy and military thrillers became worldwide best-sellers and inspired several Hollywood hit films, has died, US media reported Wednesday. He was 66.

Posted: October 2nd, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Now I see Nora Daza, my mom


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You know how it is when you’re too close to someone or something, such that you can’t see what others see? So it was with my mother Nora Daza.

Posted: September 19th, 2013 in Columns,Food | Read More »

Nora Daza, icon of cooking; 84

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Nora Daza. INQUIRER file photo

She was dubbed the “Epitome of Filipino Gastronomy.”

Posted: September 14th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Nobel-winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney dies at 74

Photo dated May 1st 1970 of Irish poet, playwright and Nobel prize winner Seamus Heaney. AP

To all lovers of the perfectly weighed word, Seamus Heaney offered hope on this side of the grave. Heaney, 74, died Friday in a Dublin hospital some 18 years after he won the Nobel Prize in literature and gained global recognition as Ireland’s greatest poet since William Butler Yeats.

Posted: August 31st, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Conductor Helen Quach, dragon lady of the podium; 73

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QUACH began conducting in the Philippines in the late 1960s. MA. CERES P. DOYO

Helen Quach, the Australian Symphony Orchestra conductor who had graced the Philippine stage and performed with Philippine orchestras, passed away on July 31 in her home country. She was 73.

Posted: August 12th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Mystery writer Barbara Mertz dies at 85

This undated publicity image released by HarperCollins shows author Barbara Mertz. Mertz, an Egyptologist who wrote dozens of mystery and suspense novels under two pseudonyms, died Thursday morning, Aug. 8, 2013, at her home, in Frederick, Md., her daughter Elizabeth told her publisher HarperCollins. She was 85. (AP Photo/HarperCollins)

Barbara Mertz, a best-selling mystery writer who wrote dozens of novels under two pen names, has died. She was 85.

Posted: August 9th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

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