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

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

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

Revisiting the 60s from Manila Nostalgia

LEAD Magazine 7 April · SABEL'S BAMBANG, CAROLINE'S LONDON (3/4) By EDGAR O. CRUZ THE DAILY TRIBUNE, APRIL 8, 2015 VISUAL: PORTRAIT (THE ARTIST'S WIFE) BY BENCAB Caroline Kennedy visits the Philippines, particularly Metro Manila, the Mountain Province and Palawan, this April. In 1968, the blonde British writer met BenCab at Indios Bravos as the … Continue reading Revisiting the 60s from Manila Nostalgia

Article from Philippine Esquire Magazine

This article from Philippine Esquire quotes from my article on Pope Paul VI's visit to Manila and his attempted assassination by my friend, Bolivian painter Benjamin Mendoza Y Amor. The article also refers to another old friend of mine, the Filipina film actress, Pilar Pilapil. I appeared with Pilar in the movie, "Tisoy" based on … Continue reading Article from Philippine Esquire Magazine

A DATE WITH THE POPE

Posted on January 22, 2010 by anywhereiwander Edit I have decided to reblog this as Philippine Esquire Magazine has published sections from it. Some people might want to read the full story as I wrote it at the time. Also, the fact that the current Pontiff, Pope Francis, is currently in the Philippines makes it … Continue reading A DATE WITH THE POPE