Pandemic fog

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 03/31/2021

I feel like we, as a nation, are beginning to behave like a child caught in a dysfunctional, even violent, relationship with elders. Even if we know something’s seriously wrong, we endure our suffering because we’re trapped…

And it came to pass

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 03/17/2021

Taal volcano’s latest tantrums, “tampo,” seem to be a way to remind us about the first quarter of 2020 that started with its eruption even as a new lethal virus, still unnamed, percolated. It’s a tiny virus,…

Beyond Lapulapu

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 03/10/2021

Amid the continuing pandemic, there’s growing but still subdued excitement over the Quincentennial Commemoration of the Victory of Mactan, pegged on April 27. Most people I talk to are aware of the battle where Lapulapu repelled and…

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…

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