MICHAEL “XIAO” CHUA

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NINETEEN years after releasing “Bayaning Third World,” a film on the issues surrounding our national hero, José Rizal, acclaimed film director Mike de Leon made a comeback recently by completing a film which talks about the ills of present-day society, “Citizen Jake.” The Facebook page of the film which, for…

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TODAY, the word “lodi” is becoming part of our vocabulary. It can mean people who are exceptionally admirable, talented or notable. It comes from the word “idol.” But “idol” as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary has very negative meanings. “A representation or symbol of an object of worship; broadly: a…

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WHEN I was young, I found my mother’s old copy of a book entitled The Social Cancer. When I opened it, I was surprised that it was actually an English translation of José Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere by Charles Derbyshire, published in 1912. It used to be a very popular…

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THE auction last Saturday, March 3, at the León Gallery was truly historic. In five lots with starting prices of P500,000 each, the Andres Bonifacio Presidential Letters were auctioned and fetched the following prices: Letter to Emilio Jacinto, March 8, 1897 (Lot 128) – P1.8 million; letter to Jacinto, April…

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WE have romanticized the Philippine Revolution of 1986, also known as EDSA People Power Revolution so much that perhaps we got from it the wrong lesson. First, we always say that it was a peaceful revolution. I have stopped teaching this. True, the four-day protest of two million people at…

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