Roosters and mother hens; shepherds and elections

Jason A. Baguia 05/12/2019

  A rooster, stuffed or synthetic, is normally mounted on the carriage of the statue of Saint Peter, which leads Good Friday processions in the Philippines.   The rooster signifies Peter’s frailty, which got to him in…

Heaven at the voting booth

Jason A. Baguia 05/05/2019

One of the heavenly protectors of Cebu is Saint John Nepomuk. Cebuanos know him by the Hispanized form of his name, San Juan Nepomuceno. A man from medieval times, Saint John Nepomuk is patron of the coastal,…

Divine Mercy, Santo Niño’s heart: Easter presents for our young

Jason A. Baguia 04/28/2019

  The writer of the fourth gospel, Saint John, was, according to many biblical scholars, the youngest of the Christ’s twelve apostles. This, they said, was the reason he was not a threatening presence to the mob…

The first station

Jason A. Baguia 04/10/2019

  In the first station, Pontius Pilate condemns Jesus to death. We are familiar with the condemnation episode. Saint John the Evangelist recorded it in writing for his own and for succeeding generations. We remember the encounter…

FLOWERING OF THOUGHT: Surveys and endorsements

Jason A. Baguia 04/03/2019

A nationwide survey can tell you who are the leading candidates for elective government positions such as senator or congressman. Survey results also indicate how aware voters are of a person’s candidacy, and to a certain degree…

FLOWERING OF THOUGHT: The case for journalism as creative work

Jason A. Baguia 03/27/2019

Academia is one aspect of Philippine life in which United States influence remains strong. The rigid and as such tragic division the country’s universities have imposed between the arts and sciences is a legacy from American pedagogies.…

FLOWERING OF THOUGHT: A nation, a prosecutor, and a world court

Jason A. Baguia 03/20/2019

In 2018, Malacañang announced it was withdrawing the Philippines from the Rome Statute, the law by which the country fell within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Spokespersons and supporters of the administration argued that…

FLOWERING OF THOUGHT: ‘Hoc est enim Corpus meum’ or ‘Against corporal punishment’

Jason A. Baguia 03/13/2019

“On the contrary, I am of the firm conviction that responsible parents can and have administered corporal punishment in a self-restrained manner, such that the children remember it not as an act of hate or abuse, but…

FLOWERING OF THOUGHT: Shape of Edsa

Jason A. Baguia 03/05/2019

A university colleague posted the announcement on Facebook. There was to be a gathering the next morning at Fuente Osmeña circle, followed by a march going downtown to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the 1986 Edsa People…

FLOWERING OF THOUGHT: The price of yellow

Jason A. Baguia 02/26/2019

The current Malacañang occupant has made the word “dilawan” (the yellows, from “dilaw,” Tagalog for yellow), a catch-all phrase to describe those who do not share the administration’s views. At one point, so-called yellow groups under this…

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