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

Astrology, Bangsa Moro, History, New Age

Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries : Big Brother vs Anonymous

   VS          Remember, remember!  The fifth of November,   the Gunpowder treason and plot;  I know of no reason why the Gunpowder treason should ever be forgot! -  English Folk Verse (c.1870) The world entered a new epoch in 2008, one that is changing socio-political reality as we know it. Pluto, that tiny planetoid… Continue reading Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries : Big Brother vs Anonymous

current events, Film Review, History

El Presidente, the movie

DECEMBER 29, 2012 Today, Carmen Pedrosa wrote in her column in the Philippine Star: I have to see the film “El Presidente” to know if it does justice to Emilio Aguinaldo, a neglected hero. He offers many lessons to our present leaders. His role in the making of our nation has not been given its rightful place.… Continue reading El Presidente, the movie

History, Uncategorized

History's 100 Greatest Men

  The brouhaha over Sam Becile's movie, purportedly titled Innocence of Muslims, reminded me of the book of Michael H. Hart. It was first published in the 1970s and was even featured in TIME magazine.  Hart considered the Muslim prophet as the greatest man ever. This is a stark contrast from the idiotic movie of (im)Becile who portrayed the… Continue reading History's 100 Greatest Men

current events, History

Aguinaldo and Philippine History

Philippine Star columnist wrote about me and the country's first president, Emilio Aguinaldo in her column yesterday:  Aguinaldo's role comes up every June 12 FROM A DISTANCE By Carmen N. Pedrosa (The Philippine Star) Updated June 23, 2012 12:00 AM Every June 12, I try to write about General Emilio Aguinaldo. His role in the… Continue reading Aguinaldo and Philippine History

current events, History

Independence Day?

Today is the so-called Independence Day of the Republic of the Philippines. While the Philippine government is throwing another party extravaganza to celebrate Independence Day, it would be much better to analyze what happened during those times 114 years ago. Despite the heroic efforts of the Filipino patriots in 1898, the independence that they proclaimed… Continue reading Independence Day?