December 13, 2019

Read this paragraph:

One of the most severe effects of poverty in the ____________ is that poor children enter school with this readiness gap, and it grows as they get older. Children feel alienated from society; suffer insecurities because of their socioeconomic statu...

December 6, 2019

“I will give you this but promise me you will write me a book about them. 

It was Kristian (Cordero) talking. I looked at his “this” and it was a thick, large book; I checked his “them” and they were “saints.” One hundred of them.

I looked at Kristian again. He was ser...

November 28, 2019

The night before he left for Manila, and then for Bangkok, Kristian and I were talking about translating a poem. It was his poem. “An old one,” he said, perhaps to excuse in advance about the old form and old theme. It reeks of the scent of that old book called “Bible....

November 21, 2019

My foray into popular history brought me once more into the world of newspapers. Once more, I am convinced that histories indeed are some of the amusing arbiters of memory. It was the 1930s and the issues of the year for politicians was independence. The age was inhabi...

November 14, 2019

Why did Magellan circumnavigate the world? Who cares really. We were not the beneficiary of this accomplishment. It was Spain and, later Europe that would rake in the privileges of knowing the way to our islands and the resources. Many books have already been written a...

November 7, 2019

There are historians and historians as there are history and histories.

In the National Library, there is an odd and gripping collection of stories about provinces, towns and villages. It is called “Historical Data (Philippines).” The data were collated following an Ex...

October 31, 2019

Late October finds me in Tokyo once more. Many people have gone to this huge, huge city but I have one bragging right: I have seen Tokyo, in a way, grow into what it is today.

It was late 70s and the Philippines was under Martial Law. An exchange program under the Yout...

October 24, 2019

Theories do not begin with dreams or nightmares. And yet, I have theorized about vanishing houses and enchantment because a dream, which I had many years ago, confirmed that the fieldsite I have chosen was the right one.

The night before I was to travel to a village in...

October 17, 2019

There is a new specter of a word online: “columbusing.”

In an online site called Urban Dictionary, columbusing is defined as “the art of discovering something that is not new.” It can also mean “taking credit for something that one never achieved.” 

Brenda Salinas call...

October 3, 2019

It was simply called “The Gallery.” Situated in what is presently the Ramaida Centrum, the Gallery was owned by Cesar Natividad, a Bikolano and Atenean. He made good in the world of advertising and one day, tired of Manila, came home to the small backwater city of Naga...

September 26, 2019

Much maligned perhaps but the social media and the Internet have contributed to a heightened experience of the recently held Peafrancia fiesta in Naga City. For those who were not in the city, there were many streaming videos of what was happening in the pilgrim city o...

September 19, 2019

Fr. Andrew Recepcion is a secular priest on a break from his post as a professor in the Collegio Filippino in Vatican, Rome. Fr. Andrew is also a Bikolano, with roots in Nabua. Months before his arrival, he was in a conversation with Kristian Sendon Cordero, the writer...

September 12, 2019

No one ever knew some 47 years ago that the festivities in that year would be the last under the rule of the voyadores. 

It was the eight of September when the Traslacion of 1972 was held. A week after that, on September 16, 1972, the Colgante Bridge fell.

Whenever som...

August 29, 2019

There is a new structure by the old river in my old city. It is a two-story building awaiting verdict – will it be a hotel or a gathering of expensive stores? If one is to judge how dark the river it looks over, the building cannot be wealthy. It will attempt to look h...

August 22, 2019

Memories are bountiful in Facebook postings. While social media platforms have been demonized, there is closed group called “Memories of Naga and Bicol.” Dubbed “MNB,” the site is celebrating its fifth anniversary. It is that old. It has that durability.

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