Whips for flogging as symbols of sufferings

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/27/2024

Whips  symbolize sufferings — Christ  in the hands of the Roman soldiers and the cruelties to Filipinos under Spanish colonial rule. Filipino Catholics are known for having sincere, enormous and extreme expressions of piety considering that the…

History of Christianity in the Philippines through the ‘Magellan’ song of Boholano Yoyoy Villame 

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/20/2024

March 16 is a significant date in history of Christianity in the Philippines — it was in 1521 when Ferdinand Magellan arrived in the Philippines while it was in 1565, or 44 years later, when the Legazpi-Sikatuna…

Juan Luna’s  crime of passion

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/13/2024

The “Portrait of a Lady” or “Mi Novia” is Juan Luna’s famous painting, mistaken by many as that of his wife, Paz Pardo de Tavera, who became a victim of crime of passion. The painting depicted a…

Boat as a metaphor for our maritime culture

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/07/2024

“The story of our nation began with a boat.” This was the opening statement of Historian Xiao Chua lifted from an essay titled “The boat as a metaphor of nation” on our ancestors’ maritime culture which he…

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,…

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