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Recovering stolen art as WWII adventure

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“War is strange,” an unusual military officer says early in this most unusual book about war. That adage is proven continuously when soldiers are sent not after enemy combatants in ravaged Europe during World War II, but are instead sent to track down priceless pieces of art plundered by the Nazis.

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

People in the war


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“MOODS of the Day,” by Gilda Cordero Fernando

One day I told my mother that Nonong was coming that afternoon, and if I could ask him for supper. I slaved over a plateful of cassava cookies in front of a hot tin charcoal oven. Lina was the good cook, but I disdained her help and advice.

Posted: December 15th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

People in the war


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“LOST in the Woods,” art by GCF 1999

OUR FRONT door opened right into the sidewalk, and the street sloped down to a lily-dappled estero, in our house in Quiapo.

Posted: December 1st, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Books on literature and art amid war adapted to the screen

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SAM Epstein, George Clooney, John Goodman, Bob Balaban and Matt Damon

Works by the world’s greatest artists, centuries-old monumental structures, and powerful books salvaged during World War II are the focus of forthcoming movies from 20th Century Fox.

Posted: October 21st, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Finding the bright side of life


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I think most of us know what it is like to walk around with a dark cloud following overhead. We are the picture of sadness and woe, carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders. The awful thing is that we seem perfectly content in our misery, convinced that this is our fate.

Posted: July 28th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Nazi-themed cafe in Indonesia to reopen sans swastikas

This Sunday, July 14, 2013 photo shows Nazi-related memorabilia hanging on a wall at Soldatenkaffe restaurant in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia.  Authorities in central Indonesia will ask the restaurant owner to explain his reasons for opening the Nazi-themed cafe that has sparked controversy among locals and tourists, an official said Thursday. AP PHOTO

A controversial Nazi-themed cafe in Indonesia would be reopened with a broader World War II theme—without the swastika symbols but retaining images of Adolf Hitler, the owner’s lawyer said Tuesday.

Posted: July 23rd, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Did the Japanese plan to massacre the World War II internees?

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In her vivid account of the first day of Manila’s Liberation on Feb. 3, 1945, Conchita C. Razon (Inquirer, Feb. 3, 2013, page D2) writes: “There were rumors of plans to execute the internees.” How well-founded were these rumors?

Posted: March 3rd, 2013 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Yamashita’s guilt, Korean atrocity, other misconceptions about liberation of Manila

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Collapsed Executive House (Senate)

It is the month of February again, the month in 1945 when the Japanese chose to turn our fair city into a battleground and killing ground, as Ambassador Juan José Rocha has said, leading to the death of some 100,000 noncombatant civilians, the destruction of irreparable heritage, and the near-obliteration of public utilities.

Posted: February 10th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘We have not forgotten them, nor shall we forget’


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I noticed today’s date and did the math. Unbelievable! Sixty-eight years ago today, after 37 months under the rule of the Japanese Imperial Army, the battle for the liberation of Manila began. One hundred thousand Filipinos perished in what historians call the Manila Massacre, described as the “worst urban fighting” ever recorded.

Posted: February 3rd, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

15-year-old student interviews war veteran

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Nicasio Aranas, or “Tatay Nic” as he is fondly called, is an 86-year-old World War II Filipino survivor. A native of Bauan, Batangas City, he survived the war risking his life as a runner in a guerrilla movement in his hometown and working in the Japanese-controlled airfields in Manila. His stories on surviving nearly three years of atrocities during the occupation and witnessing the fierce fighting in the Battle of Manila, which liberated the Philippines from the Japanese, continue to be a source of wonder to his family and friends.

Posted: August 31st, 2012 in Fashion and Beauty,Featured Gallery,Headlines | Read More »

To train for the job of CEO, I sold ‘pan de sal,’ ’garilyo’


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As a young boy, I was keen on earning my own money. I learned how to peddle pan de sal early morning by going down the narrow streets of Majayjay, hawking, “pan de sal ni Mang Tomas, mainit paaa!”

Posted: July 15th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

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