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The Beatles, now and then

The Beatles never broke up; they’ve always been together in the collective memory of diehard fans like me.  I’m now 71 and I still spend my weekends watching their videos or singing what’s appropriate for the moment with a guitar (the ’60s on Sundays and the ’70s on Saturdays). Sixty years ago, I was a...


Doing justice to Ninoy Aquino’s memory

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following message was delivered on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, by Kiko Aquino Dee, son of Viel and Dodo Dee and one of the eight grandchildren of the late opposition leader Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., to mark his 90th birth anniversary.  Ninoy Aquino, then a senator, was one of the first to be...


‘Anak Datu’ untangles web of memory, myth and history

Where does history end and myth begin? How does memory, individual and collective, influence and possibly correct the narration of a people’s history?   These questions are doubly important today, in an era when social media and other digital platforms tend to lump the critical verification of facts with unthinking chismis (gossip). Tanghalang Pilipino’s latest production,...