THE ORIGINAL IGO-ROCKET MAN

(An Interview with Kidlat Tahimik by Caroline Kennedy) London, November 1980 “And it’s going to be a long, long time Till touchdown brings me home and they’ll find I’m not the man they think I am at home, Oh, no, no, no, I’m the rocket man….” (with apologies to Elton John) Kidlat Tahimik, alias Eric … Continue reading THE ORIGINAL IGO-ROCKET MAN

Victims, journalists, investigators recall La Penca bombing and aftermath

by Norman Stockwell (*I was reminded of this story today and it immediately resurrected memories of the time I appeared as British journalist for Time Magazine, Susan Morgan, in a two-part Costa Rican TV investigation and reconstruction of events surrounding the La Penca bombing that happened in the secret hideout of the guerrilla leader, Eden … Continue reading Victims, journalists, investigators recall La Penca bombing and aftermath

CRUISE CHRONICLES # 3 – THE ART AUCTION

Did I mention Art Auctions at sea? Yes, they really do hold them on board the Noordam. And, to make sure we all knew about it, loudspeakers had been proudly heralding yesterday’s auction of “important contemporary works of art” since we set sail on March 26th.   Now these auctions, I soon discovered, are definitely … Continue reading CRUISE CHRONICLES # 3 – THE ART AUCTION

A Valentine Memory

“Great! That’s it!” Nick Joaquin (aka Quijano de Manila), the Filipino National Artist for Literature clapped his hands. Under the light of the tiffany lamp his eyes sparkled. “That’s it!” he repeated as though we could all read his mind. “What? What’s it?” I asked. We were sitting around the centre table at Los Indios … Continue reading A Valentine Memory

Standing Up to a Strongman

Contributing Op-Ed Writer By MIGUEL SYJUCO DEC. 11, 2016 A rally in suburban Quezon near Manila, on Nov. 30, to protest the re-burial of the late Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes’ Cemetery. MANILA — Dusk set silver-gray over the crowd gathered in a park here on Nov. 25, but the banners and placards could still … Continue reading Standing Up to a Strongman

Filipinos Are Outraged at Attempts to Rehabilitate a Late Dictator as a National Hero

Joseph Hincks Nov. 30, 2016 Richard James Mendoza—Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty ImagesFilipino activists during a rally against the secrecy-shrouded burial of late Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes' Cemetery on November 18, 2016. Rallies have been staged across the country by those outraged at attempts to lionize a man who killed, tortured and stole billions Susan … Continue reading Filipinos Are Outraged at Attempts to Rehabilitate a Late Dictator as a National Hero