MA. ISABEL ONGPIN

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I think we all need to be more civil with each other and even with ourselves. The current urban situation (and perhaps the situation in the provinces too with the untrammeled and fast growth they are enduring), is enough to raise tensions and make us react precipitately, lashing out our…

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Two weeks ago we had The Readers and Writers Festival sponsored by National Book Store. The three writers who came as guests of the Festival – Adam Johnson, Paula McClain and Ann Todd – spoke of their impressions and experiences in Manila. Of course, traffic was the premiere experience. Ann…

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I said what turned out to be my last goodbye to Norma Liongoren last year before she left for Washington DC to manage our HABI: The Philippine Textile Council Exhibit/Sale to celebrate Philippine Independence Day. It was at the request of the Philippine Embassy and was a successful presentation to…

AT THE PHILIPPINE LITERARY AND WRITERS FESTIVAL

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The Philippine Literary and Writers Festival is this week. More and more Philippine authors, young and younger, are writing. Many of them are writing in English, which, despite the supposed decline of the language here is compensated for by the number of Filipino writers who are exposed to it. Many…

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While the monsoon rains were beating down here last week, I was in the US East Coast experiencing a heat wave at my annual visit with my two sisters in the Boston area. Temperatures were in the mid-90s, with a heat index that was much higher. One sister fretted about…

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