Émigré

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 03/03/2021

There has been much excitement in New York over the recent discoveries of two long-lost paintings of one of America’s great Black painters, Jacob Lawrence. Both paintings are part of a series called “Struggle: From the History…

The virus and Edsa

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 02/24/2021

There was so much hope then, and pride. Filipino overseas workers told me how, for a brief period, immigration agents would greet Philippine passport holders not with suspicion but with a smile that said: You were great,…

I ‘aray’ you

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 02/10/2021

This is an early Valentine’s column because, if you haven’t noticed, I only do my columns once a week now, i.e. no more Friday columns. Growing up Tsinoy (Chinese-Filipino), I would hear the Mandarin “wo ai ni”…

Academic excellence, freedom

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 01/20/2021

I hope there was a miscommunication somewhere that led Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to abrogate, unilaterally, an agreement that barred the military and the police from entering any of the University of the Philippines campuses without prior…

The children, the children

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 01/06/2021

It happened one summer, some 60 years ago, when I was in a boat that nearly sank in a freak accident. We were four kids, with three adults — a boatman, an uncle, and my maternal stepgrandmother.…

With Rizal, in exile

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 12/30/2020

I’m saving a review of 2020 for next week, although today’s column still takes off from this terribly difficult year, using a rather different approach to reflect on the year with a poem from Jose Rizal, whose…

Online selling, buying

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 12/09/2020

Several weeks back, my household helper told me she was leaving her job and returning to her home province to be with her children and help them with the challenges of online classes. When my son found…

‘Long COVID’

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 11/18/2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, there is a danger that people will shrug their shoulders and say, “Oh, most people survive anyway.” But illness is illness, and even mild and moderate cases mean lost work days and…

Good grief

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 10/28/2020

This year’s All Saint’s Day will be somewhat difficult for many Filipinos who lost loved ones during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown. This was not necessarily deaths from COVID-19. But because of all the confusion and uncertainty, especially…

1, 2, 3, 1, ¾, ½, 1/3

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 10/07/2020

I hope I didn’t trigger an anxiety attack for some parents who are tutoring their children in math. The numbers do represent a pattern, but don’t try to work it out because the sequence was intended to…

Connected learning

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 09/16/2020

Many academic institutions, mostly private, have started online classes, and as expected, we’re seeing a lot of “hiccoughs” related to the opening. Last week I wrote about the blood, sweat, and tears surrounding faculty preparation of the…

Vaccines and social solidarity

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 08/26/2020

So many false hopes were raised especially because of vaccines being dangled as instant solutions. We saw that recently with President Duterte jumping on an offer from Russia and China to accept their vaccine offers, with the…

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