Category Archives: Essays

Things

I need to buy new things for the house. I need to buy new curtains, new bed sheets, a large skillet, something (framed art? fabric? decorative mirror?) to cover unsightly patched-on holes on the wall, made when the insulation was … Continue reading

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Rappler License Revoked

So now the SEC has revoked Rappler’s license because of Rappler’s alleged violation of the regulations concerning PDRs and ownership of mass media companies. With all the confusion surrounding the issue of what constitutes “foreign” ownership, Oscar Franklin Tan’s essay calling for … Continue reading

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A Day in Granada

Two years ago, at around this time of the year, we visited Spain. We spent our first full day in the country in Granada, the famous storied city in the southern province of Andalucía. And Granada is famous because of … Continue reading

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A Writing Nook

For a long time, I dreamed of having a writing nook. Not a room of my own, which I would never have been able to afford anyway, but a nook of my own, a space big enough for a table … Continue reading

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A True Ghost Story

My favorite real-life ghost story is the one recounted by veteran activist Cesar Hernandez Lacara (1910-2000) in his memoir Sa Tungki ng Ilong ng Kaaway: Talambuhay ni Tatang [On the Tip of the Enemy’s Nose: Auto/Biography of Tatang] (Metro Manila: … Continue reading

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On Cooking an Egg (Properly)

A few years ago, I bought a cookbook called Kulinarya: A Guide to Philippine Cuisine (ed., Michaela Fenix, Anvil, 2008). Gorgeously photographed by Neil Oshima, Kulinarya is a distillation of the wisdom and know-how of six of the country’s top … Continue reading

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End-of-Summer Blues

Among the bounty of summer produce—zucchini, eggplant, tomato, corn, all kinds of berries, peaches, cherries—I’m tempted to say that I love zucchini the most. There are so many ways to cook it: diced and lightly fried with minced garlic in … Continue reading

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Spammed

Last week, I cooked Spam. I opened the can, slid the rectangular cube of pink meat out, sliced it into thin slabs, and fried them lightly. I served the slices with white rice and some leftover braised lentils. The last … Continue reading

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