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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 »

UST, Bicol pay tribute to Archbishop Leonardo Legaspi; Franciscan Conventuals promote devotion to Our Lady of Revelation

josephine darang

The remains of Nueva Caceres Archbishop Emeritus Leonardo Legaspi, OP, lay in state at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) for several days before they were interred at Santo Domingo Church on Aug. 15. They were also brought to the Peñafrancia basilica in Naga City on Aug. 11-12 for Naguenos and Bicolanos to pay their last respects to Legaspi, who served them for nearly three decades.

Posted: August 17th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines | Read More »

Colonizing the Filipinos

ART NOUVEAU. Painting by Nik Ricio for GCF Books 1977

George Ade’s “Stories of Benevolent Assimilation (of the Philippines)” originally appeared in the Chicago Record once a week, from July 8 to Oct. 18, 1899, until collected in book form. George Ade was anti-imperialist like Mark Twain (who was passionate and sarcastic in his comments). George Ade, on the other hand, was “superior and amused,” “pricking the pretensions of the expansionists.” Here is a reproduction of another story.

Posted: June 29th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns | Read More »

‘Let’s go’ all the way for the twice over Golden Girl

HELENA BENITEZ: Something out of this world. Because I have never had it before, this feeling. All of a sudden, everything is bright. Because everything happens to be together. It’s wonderful. LEO M. SABANGAN II

“Let’s go! Let’s go! Let’s go!” the birthday girl eagerly called out from her chair, her voice floating above the swarm of well-wishers in her room minutes before the party was to start.

Posted: June 29th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

What our wise, benevolent angels taught us

HIGH school/college class reunion in 1964.

It was 1947, and postwar Manila was full of promise. I was eager to study at Maryknoll College, a progressive school run by American missionary sisters. It used American textbooks, and was known for excellence in teaching the English language.

Posted: June 8th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »