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‘Maria Clara at Ibarra’ turned Rizal into a romance writer

At the restaurant, I could hear the women’s conversation clearly. My ears perked up when I heard a network’s name and its popular TV show in one breath. “Its finale was GMA’s most watched,” said the woman whose back was to me. “The youth of today are so lucky! They can just watch Jose Rizal’s...


The dubious legacy of the Marcos debt

As the nation marks the 50th year of the declaration of martial law on Sept. 21, 1972, it is relevant to recall how that chapter in Philippine history has affected the country and its people.  Three months after the ouster of the Marcos regime in February 1986, a group of 16 economists from the University...