Forever 81By Gilda Cordero-Fernando
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.
By Tarra Quismundo
“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.
By Rita Ledesma
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.
By Cathy Yamsuan
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.
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.