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The Mambabarang in Our Midst: Pre-Hispanic Ma’I in Wing of the Locust

Joel Donato Ching Jacob’s Wing of the Locust presents a rare achievement in Filipino writing in English. The Asian Book Award winner deviates from the tired path taken by so many would-be texts that attempted to reimagine pre-Hispanic Philippines. Wing of the Locust avoided the pitfalls of romanticizing the Filipino precolonial past by utilizing alternative … Continue reading The Mambabarang in Our Midst: Pre-Hispanic Ma’I in Wing of the Locust

A Sense of History and National Identity in Gideon Lasco’s ‘The Philippines is Not a Small Country’

Published by Bughaw—an imprint of Ateneo de Manila University Press—in 2020, Lasco’s corpus of work reflects his bold, well-considered takes on several issues drawn from his field experiences and personal encounters as a physician, anthropologist, writer, mountaineer, and traveler. Continue reading A Sense of History and National Identity in Gideon Lasco’s ‘The Philippines is Not a Small Country’

Film Review

‘The Silence of Others’ review: When transitional justice feels like waiting for pigs to fly

This evocation is so vivid that I cannot help but notice its parallelism to the Philippines’ historical denialism about the atrocities of the martial law period, especially at a time when another Marcos is eager to occupy the country’s highest office. Continue reading ‘The Silence of Others’ review: When transitional justice feels like waiting for pigs to fly

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