The Octopus Man

My husband, Ben Cabrera, had always been fascinated by people from all backgrounds, mainly as subjects for his photography and paintings. For some years before I met him, he had already established an artist/model relationship with a scavenger in the Tondo squatter area of Manila where he had been brought up. The scavenger’s name was … Continue reading The Octopus Man

TIMES THEY ARE A’CHANGING

  “Come mothers and fathers throughout the land And don’t criticize what you don’t understand Your sons and your daughters are beyond your command Your old road is rapidly agin’ Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend a hand For the times they are a-changin’ “   This was the voice … Continue reading TIMES THEY ARE A’CHANGING

DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF THEIR SHOES – PROLOGUE

This is the prologue of my historical novel, set in India and the Philippines in the 18th Century. Prologue: Sulu Archipelago, Philippine Islands, 15 April 1756 My head bowed I paused for a moment to compose myself. Then, with eyes closed, teeth clenched and muscles tensed against pain, I drew the ornate, double-bladed dagger slowly … Continue reading DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF THEIR SHOES – PROLOGUE

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

ONLY MASS CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE CAN BLOCK MARCOS’S BURIAL

I am reposting this article so more people will have the chance to read it. I am hoping its author, Herbert Docena, will not mind my doing so. I am glad to see he is a young man who may never even have experienced the worst excesses of the Marcos years. But he has read … Continue reading ONLY MASS CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE CAN BLOCK MARCOS’S BURIAL

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’

IMELDA MARCOS ATTENDS CHURCH

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