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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 »

The ancestral home where statues of saints were also said to roam the grounds

ELDER siblings agreed to assign their parents’ house to Senator Legarda’s aunt Marissa for being the youngest child.

Stray golf balls, catfish of unknown provenance, and a life-size statue of the scourged Jesus Christ that roams the grounds during the wee hours are just some of the stories told by residents inside the Bautista compound in Malabon.

Posted: April 27th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Timeline: Pope John Paul II in the Philippines

POPE John Paul II waves to the huge crowd inside his Popemobile during the 1995 World Youth Day in Manila. FILE PHOTO

February 17 – Pope John Paul II arrives in the Philippines for his first official visit to the country as Pope. He is met at Manila International Airport by Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin and President Ferdinand Marcos, who had “lifted” martial law ahead of the visit.

Posted: April 26th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »