‘Hero’ vs ‘bayani’

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 06/18/2021

First impressions last. Teachers who catch the enthusiasm of their students on the first day of class can have one or two bad hair days during the semester that will pass unnoticed or be forgiven. But teachers…

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…

Not only Marikina and Rizal: Isabela submerged, too; appeals for aid

Gabriel Pabico Lalu 11/14/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Residents of Sta. Maria town in Isabela province have called on the government for assistance as they also experienced massive floods due to Typhoon Ulysses. Photos sent to INQUIRER.net by Ronald Gatan, a resident…

A king’s ransom for Magellan’s men

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 11/13/2020

Some students who were thoughtful enough to thank me for our recently concluded online Rizal course confessed that their hatred for history stemmed from boring content and being forced to memorize mind-numbing dates, names, and places. With…

‘Ondoy feels’: Flood submerges village in Cainta, Rizal

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 11/12/2020

MANILA, Philippines — A subdivision in Cainta town in Rizal province was submerged in floodwater following heavy rains brought about by Typhoon Ulysses on Thursday, triggering memories among residents of Typhoon Ondoy, yet another typhoon that devastated…

Flood forces Rizal families to 2nd floor, roof of houses

Maricar Cinco - Reporter / @maricarcincoINQ 11/12/2020

SAN PEDRO CITY –– Hundreds of families were trapped and needed rescue after floodwater submerged parts of Rodriguez and San Mateo in Rizal amid heavy rains spawned by Typhoon “Ulysses” (international name: Vamco). Resident Antonette Gono said…

Vietnam and the Philippines: A study in contrasts

Richard Heydarian - @inquirerdotnet 10/27/2020

All nations tend to mythologize their success and, accordingly, mystify their failures. Over the long run, what’s important above all is how each nation learns from its mistakes, recovers from failures through grit and innovation, and confidently…

COVID-19 cases in PH surpass 200,000-mark with 5,277 new infections

Katrina Hallare 08/26/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases surpassed the 200,000-mark after 5,277 new infections were recorded on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. Based on the latest data provided by the Department of Health (DOH),…

Reclaiming ‘Intsik’

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 08/19/2020

  As a student in Madrid in the early 1880s, Jose Rizal complained about rude children mistaking him for a Chinese. He was also mistaken for a Japanese in a Paris museum, but Rizal rode along and…

Palace on Rizal’s 159th birth anniversary: Frontliners are modern day heroes, youth must step up

Krissy Aguilar 06/19/2020

MANILA, Philippines — As it remembered national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal’s dedication to service on his 159th birth anniversary, Malacañang on Friday lauded the frontliners battling the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic (COVID-19 as) “modern-day heroes.” “The…

Public urged on Rizal Day: Honor heroes by upholding democracy

Rosalie Abatayo 12/30/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — “Do your part in nation-building and in upholding democracy.” This was the message of Dr. Jocelyn Gerra, commissioner of Cebu City’s Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission (CHAC), as the city commemorated on Monday…

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia releases statement after confirmed swine deaths in Rizal 

Rosalie Abatayo 09/09/2019

Cebu City, Philippines— Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia on Monday, September 9, 2019, released a statement on the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) confirmation that the hog deaths in Rizal province were caused by African Swine Fever. The DA…

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