A checkered career, sketchy personality

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 11/23/2022

Spanish galleons have been the stuff of romantic legend from the time of the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade (1565-1815) all the way to our times. In the past, the Manila Galleons were the target of pirates out to…

Filipinos’ historical milestones

Mahar Mangahas - @inquirerdotnet 08/27/2022

Last Monday, Aug. 21, SWS communications man Leo Laroza searched our website using the phrase “Ninoy Aquino.” He found two survey reports—one in 1999 on the importance of a number of 20th-century events, and another in 2011…

‘Kabutihan ng bayan’?

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 07/08/2022

In the three decades I have been researching the heroes and heroines that figure in the birth of the Filipino nation, it has been both a pleasure and a challenge to meet their descendants. From them, I…

‘Bangungot’: Nightmares as history

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 06/22/2022

The way Araling Panlipunan is taught, with an emphasis on civics rather than history, students are led to believe that every waking moment in the lives of our heroes and patriots was devoted to the love of…

On Rizal’s 161st birthday

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 06/17/2022

“Time will tell,” wrote Rizal, “if I am dreaming or I see too far.” I copied that into my notebook years ago. Without the citation, I can’t go back to the original source and find out its…

Jose Rizal didn’t die for this

Darwin Pesco - @inquirerdotnet 05/13/2022

We just had another Election Day. Every three years, we always hear worn-out messages like “every vote counts.” But does it really though? My longtime friend thinks otherwise. He has this unwavering stance that voting is a…

More than 3 priests

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 02/16/2022

Gomburza. A blurred image is probably becoming clearer in your mind, of three priests, one seated, two standing, all young. The seated priest is José Burgos, who is the one usually remembered because there are streets and…

Rizal in ‘bahag’: Pushback vs racial put-down

Vincent Cabreza 06/19/2021

BAGUIO CITY — A miniature wooden statue of Jose Rizal in coat and “bahag” (loincloth) was the star of an impromptu art installation that Kidlat Tahimik, a national artist for film, put up on June 12. It…

The many names for war

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 06/16/2021

June 19, 2021 is Jose Rizal’s 160th birthday, another excuse to accept or argue his continuing relevance. Instead of debating about who should be our National Hero or expanding our horizon to think plural as in National…

Six historical bayani films to watch this Independence Day

Rhobie Alburo Ruaya 06/12/2021

The Philippine Independence day is one of the most important holidays that is celebrated in our country. Every June 12, we commemorate and remember all the important events of our history that led to our independence. We…

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…

Bonifacio and other heroes

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 11/29/2020

Growing up in the small town of Betis in Pampanga, a village of proud artisans and carpenters, I came to know of the nation’s heroes early in my childhood. Dr. Jose Rizal’s name was not just the…

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