Flowers for Lolas: Remembering the 1945 Rape of Manila

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 02/28/2024

“The non-combatant victims of that tragic battle will remain forever in the hearts and minds of the Filipino people”. This is part of the inscription penned by  Nick Joaquin, National Artist for Literature, on the “Memorare Manila…

‘No to Cha Cha’ in UP Fair and Oblation Run

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 02/21/2024

“No to Charter Change (Cha Cha)” reverberated  during  the recent two main events in the Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines : the Oblation Run and the UP Fair. The  House of Representatives  is attempting…

Mythical  Chinese dragons and bakunawa

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 02/14/2024

I am usually among those who converge along the streets of Binondo in celebration of Chinese New Year for the special performances (Dragon/Lion dances), cuisine, lucky charms, prosperity fruits, and boxes of “tikoy.” 2024 is the Year…

Ukuleles, bamboo instruments and kudyapi reverberate in CCP Pasinaya  2024

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 02/08/2024

The scorching heat did not stop Barangay Ukulele  from performing the song “Raining in Manila” of Lola Amour during the  2024  Pasinaya Open House Festival  at the front lawn of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)…

Dances of the Babaylans in honor of the Sto.Nino

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 01/31/2024

The confluence of pre-colonial indigenous culture and Christianity is shown by the special roles of Babaylans during most performances honoring the Sto.Nino. The Sto. Niño is venerated all over the country with annual festivals celebrated every last…

Saving the asin tibuok of Bohol

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 01/24/2024

The dinosaur-egg-like “Asin Tibuok” is a rare Filipino artisanal sea salt from my home province Bohol that was featured in an episode of “Replacing Chef Chico” in Netflix. “Replacing Chef Chico” is a series that follows Ella…

Search for fireflies in Ifugao rice terraces

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 01/18/2024

The film “Firefly”, which won best film in the 2023 Metro Manila Film Festival, depicts the sad state of these blinking bugs – they are fast disappearing. Directed by Zig Dulay, the film is set in 1999…

Encountering Jesus

Fr. Jerry M. Orbos SVD - @inquirerdotnet 01/14/2024

  The story is told about two elderly men who found themselves alone in an elevator. It was an awkward encounter. One of them finally broke the ice and said: “I think I know you … ah,…

Walking barefoot during Traslacion

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 01/10/2024

Walking barefooted during the Traslacion is a symbolic gesture that emulates Christ’s suffering as he was carrying his cross to Golgotha. I was able to personally witness for the first time the procession of the Black Nazarene…

Honoring Rizal’s literature and social activism through movies, plays and TV series

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 01/04/2024

Remembering the works on social activism of our heroes like Jose Rizal is made easy through the use of different platforms like movies, plays and TV series. Music, literature and social activism are intimately linked with each…

The journey

Fr. Jerry M. Orbos SVD - @inquirerdotnet 12/31/2023

The story is told about a famous surgeon whose greatest worry is that there will come a time when his hands will no longer be steady. He thought for a while and said: “My greatest fear is…

IKOT jeep phaseout highlighted in UP Lantern Parade 

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 12/27/2023

The iconic IKOT Jeepneys took center stage during this year’s Lantern Parade last December 20, 2023 at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. Participants echoed the call on the government to push back the public utility…

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