‘Basagan ng trip’

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 11/11/2020

Suspension of disbelief allows us to enjoy works of fiction, novels, telenovelas, or movies. Without it, we cannot enjoy the heartwarming Disney Christmas campaign to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. While most Filipinos the world over are teary-eyed…

‘Aswang’ and urbanization

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 10/30/2020

Pandemic restrictions strike at the core of our culture and traditions. No Undas this All Saints’ Day. No “trick or treat” this Halloween. No Thanksgiving 2020. Perhaps no Noche Buena, too, unless I quarantine from Dec. 9…

When the present reads like the past

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 10/02/2020

History can be depressing when one reads the present like the past. The current squabble over who should be House Speaker is not new. It comes in cycles, often at the start of a new president’s term.…

Memories of a martial law baby

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 09/23/2020

I come from a lost generation known as the “martial law babies.” I was 4 years old when Ferdinand Marcos became president in 1965, 11 when martial law was declared in 1972, and 24 when the 1986…

Lies are not historical revisionism

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 09/09/2020

How will the current Senate vote when the House of Representatives transmits House Bill No. 7137—“AN ACT DECLARING SEPTEMBER 11 OF EVERY YEAR A SPECIAL NONWORKING HOLIDAY IN THE PROVINCE OF ILOCOS NORTE IN COMMEMORATION OF THE…

Why not heroes of science, culture on our money?

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 09/02/2020

  Why is it that when we speak of Filipino heroes and heroines, we do so in the past tense? Why is it that the heroes we remember are predominantly male, mostly old, and all dead? Why…

The hunt for Mabuti Sardines

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 08/28/2020

Mabuti was an imported brand of tinned sardines that lives in the memory of senior citizens. We never had Mabuti in the home pantry; I first heard of it from my father (born 1925) and E. Aguilar…

Reclaiming ‘Intsik’

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 08/19/2020

  As a student in Madrid in the early 1880s, Jose Rizal complained about rude children mistaking him for a Chinese. He was also mistaken for a Japanese in a Paris museum, but Rizal rode along and…

Teaching online

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 07/29/2020

  Over three decades of classroom teaching did not prepare me for the rush to online education following the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike many of my colleagues who will start teaching online at the end of August, I…

Now more than ever, let’s read ‘Subversive Lives’

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 07/17/2020

  The threat to deploy police house-to-house to forcibly take COVID-19 positive people from their homes and bring them to government isolation centers was the latest in disturbing news we don’t need during a pandemic. Shouldn’t we…

Bells as mute witnesses to history

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 07/15/2020

  “Oiliness is next to ugliness” is probably the most memorable bit of advice I have received on how to look good on Zoom. Good audio, flattering light, and lip gloss are givens. I even know how…

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