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

#NeverAgain: Martial Law stories young people need to hear

Here is an article by Shakira Sison that is important for all young people to read so they know exactly what really happened under martial law, what the true cost of human suffering was. Maybe your families were the lucky ones. Maybe your families made money through the corruption of the Marcos regime. Maybe your family … Continue reading #NeverAgain: Martial Law stories young people need to hear


by KRIS LANOT LACABA Kris Lanot Lacaba is a writer, poet, essayist and actor. His father, Jose (Pete) Lacaba (journalist, screenwriter and editor) was a friend of mine during the late 60s and early 70s. Pete was imprisoned in Camp Crame during martial law. Pete's brother, Eman, another poet was murdered in 1976 in Davao … Continue reading WOMEN TORTURE SURVIVORS SPEAK OUT

Ateneo professors to Bongbong Marcos: Stop ‘distortion of history’

I have included this article, sent to me by Myles Garcia, author of "Thirty Years Later", as I strongly believe the Philippine education system has betrayed the youth of today by glossing over or ignoring completely the abuses and excesses of the Marcos era. It is this wholesale “rewriting” of history that has sadly allowed … Continue reading Ateneo professors to Bongbong Marcos: Stop ‘distortion of history’


Talk about poetic justice. Imelda Marcos attended Church this week thinking it would be a normal service. Turns out it was a memorial service for the victims of her husband's brutal martial law regime. Torture, kidnap and murder victims were remembered in the ceremony on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Edsa (People's … Continue reading IMELDA MARCOS ATTENDS CHURCH


I have decided to publish here several articles opposing Bong Bong Marcos's run for the Vice Presidency. I have, as you know, been opposed to Marcos for many decades now having seen, at first-hand, the devastating effect of his dictatorship on both private individuals and the country. It would be out of character for me … Continue reading THE CRIMSON STAIN