Victory of Humanity

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar Looking for Lapulapu, the fish, in a community pantry nowadays might make more sense than looking for Lapu-Lapu, the warrior hero, 500 years after his victory over Magellan. That isn’t as bad as it first sounds. After all, the motto of the Quincentennial is Victory and Humanity. … Continue reading

Leni Robredo

Interview Wilfredo G. Villanueva recently conducted this questionnaire interview with Vice President Leni Robredo. The questions penetrate. The answers go directly from Ms. Robredo to you. It is an honor, is it not, to be spoken to without ego or game-playing, without politics or expectation? Photos are my choice. J.A. 1. Your health condition, anything … Continue reading

RIP Father Bernas, S.J. – 1932-2021

  By Irineo B. R. Salazar One of the major architects of the Philippine 1987 Constitution died just today, while his main work is being put in doubt by major segments of Philippine society. A new drug law that wants to make those caught at a drug-dealing scene guilty until proven innocent is an example, … Continue reading

Towards FILIPINO modernity

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar The Philippines today is a many-layered mess. Its complex history has thrust it into a crisis of modernity described by Randy David as follows: A transition is a particularly confusing stage – marked by what Gramsci once called the dying of the old and the inability of … Continue reading

Widening Philippine Horizons

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar The Philippines is an enigma to many. There is the “Heritage of Smallness” (Nick Joaquin) which doesn’t scale well, as I have written in “The National Village”. There is a certain insularity which I think is the result of having gone From the Edge to the Middle … Continue reading