The half life of tyranny

Raymund Fernandez 05/22/2018

Death is not entirely bad. Death is not the polar opposite of life, it is rooted to it like beginnings to their endings. And so we see this over and over again, cycles that begin and end.…

Light inside the darkness

Raymund Fernandez 05/15/2018

Chiaroscuro is the Italian word for light and shade. It is a principle every young artist learns early. Everything is a balance of light and dark. You need light to reveal the dark in the same way…

Right around May

Raymund Fernandez 05/08/2018

Some think Christmas or New Year; but for me, the year always pivots right around the month of May. And we might have only two seasons here. One being summer, the other being, not summer. May is…

Cringe

Raymund Fernandez 05/01/2018

After all, not everything has to be beautiful,” the young teacher said. Since the topic was art, the older teacher could only think to himself: If a thing is not beautiful, would people look at it? And…

Cronus devouring his children

Raymund Fernandez 04/24/2018

Cronus Devouring his Children,” is a painting by Francisco Goya y Lucientes. He was official painter to the Spanish Royal Court of the late 1700s. Goya had seen the evils of unbridled power and its apocalyptic consequences…

Logic vs reason

Raymund Fernandez 04/17/2018

Logic is defined by my computer’s dictionary as: “reasoning conducted or assessed according to strict principles of validity…” Reason is defined as: “a cause, explanation, or justification for an action or event…” Once upon a time, you…

One hundred years of UP Cebu

Raymund Fernandez 04/10/2018

Professor Madrilena de la Cerna remembers it as the “college that refused to die.” At one point in its history, the Philippine Congress “forgot” to include this state run Junior College in the national budget. This was…

The song of a house

Raymund Fernandez 04/03/2018

I can hear it distinctly, to be sure, a soft voice on the edge of the range of hearing. I know I am hearing it, a faint humming with a soothing rhythmic time, like a nocturne from…

Sacred

Raymund Fernandez 03/27/2018

Can you measure the sacredness of a thing? By the standards of Wikipedia, to be sacred means to be “dedicated to a religious purpose and so deserving veneration.” This implies that as long as something is dedicated…

Hands

Raymund Fernandez 03/20/2018

What seems a small conundrum for older people could have the weight of epiphany for the young. I am using epiphany here in the old sense of the Greeks, which Wikipedia tells us means, “an experience of…