History

Vinzons, Quezon, Aguinaldo and the Young Philippines Party

  While browsing the 'Net, I came upon an article by Emmanuel Dooc for his Telltales column in the Business Mirror newspaper. It is titled: ‘Wenceslao Q. Vinzons: The Hero the Nation Forgot’  He described Vinzons as "the biggest political thorn on the side of President Manuel L. Quezon during the pre-war years?" He wrote… Continue reading Vinzons, Quezon, Aguinaldo and the Young Philippines Party

cinema, Film Review, History

Debunking Heroes: the Magdalos then and now

While the new Magdalos are being accused of plotting to oust the President, and Magdalo leader, former naval Ltsg, now Senator, Trillanes is facing suits from the government, the original Magdalos - Generals Emilio Aguinaldo and Gregorio del Pilar are being attacked as anti-heroes, if not outright villains, in the movie, GOYO (2018). I thought… Continue reading Debunking Heroes: the Magdalos then and now

History, personal

Sept 23, 1972: Martial Law, my brother and Me

What happened on Sept 21, 1972? Nothing of much importance. Just like any other day in the Philippines. I was in high school then. On that day, I went to school, as usual.     What happened on Sept 22, 1972? Nothing of much importance. Just like any other day in the Philippines. I went… Continue reading Sept 23, 1972: Martial Law, my brother and Me

Bangsa Moro, culture, History, socio-cultural

Mranaos and the Bicolanos

This is another of my lost blogposts which was saved by the Internet. Thanks to humans or Internet bots, I can put this back in the blogosphere. These free webhosts should at least warn their users that their closing shop. I maintained that particular blog for several years, including designing the site. I chose a… Continue reading Mranaos and the Bicolanos

Bangsa Moro, History, Newspaper article

Basilan: almost became a French colony

Below is an old newspaper feature I did for the Philippine Post. I am re-posting it here as I have already abandoned my websites while my blog at Blogger.com, which contained this article, had been removed.  This is quite an interesting historical incident, unknown to most Filipinos. Today, industrialized countries are attracted to China for… Continue reading Basilan: almost became a French colony

Bangsa Moro, current events, History

Federalism for All: Chance for lasting Peace

The Mindanao problem is ultimately a POWER problem – the power of one group over another. It is a problem of colonization. The fact that there was a law called the Legislative Act 4197 or Quirino-Recto Colonization of Mindanao Act, which was enacted on 12 February 1935 is very telling. The Commonwealth considered the Act… Continue reading Federalism for All: Chance for lasting Peace

cinema, Film Notes, History, Media Studies Notes

HISTORIOGRAPHICAL OPERATION accdg to Michel de Certeau

 from Certeau, Michel de (1988) The Writing of History New York: Columbia Univ. Press (pp. 56-113) (These Film Studies Notes are my one-page notes on various articles or books on Film Studies / Media Studies which might interest students and teachers of Film or Media Studies.) According to French Jesuit and scholar Michel de Certeau,… Continue reading HISTORIOGRAPHICAL OPERATION accdg to Michel de Certeau

cinema, Film Review, History

STONED – The Murder of Brian Jones of Rolling Stones

I found this among my files. I blogged this more than a dozen years ago.  But since that blog is gone already, am re-blogging it here, esp. because many people in social media are now debunking Brian Jones in favor of Jagger and Richards. I bet these people were not even born when Jones was… Continue reading STONED – The Murder of Brian Jones of Rolling Stones

Film Review, History, Media Studies, Mr. and Ms Magazine

Historical Fiction on TV: Tudors & ROME

A couple of months ago, I was quite amazed when two friends, husband and wife, were singing praises on the TV series The Tudors. This was a TV series by Showtime Productions more than ten years ago. It is now being re-shown on cable TV.  My friends were so impressed by the series and thought everything in… Continue reading Historical Fiction on TV: Tudors & ROME

documentary, Film Review, History, Media Studies

SEEING TREASON: Justifying a State of Emergency in a documentary

In February 2006, then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, in her pursuit of a "Strong Republic", proclaimed a State of Emergency through Presidential Proclamation 1017 to give her government Martial Law powers. Malacanang produced a documentary titled Paglaban sa Kataksilan: 1017 (1017: To Fight Treason). The Philippine Journalism Reports' (PJR's) editor asked me to write a review of… Continue reading SEEING TREASON: Justifying a State of Emergency in a documentary