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We have what monolingual societies will never have: at least two caches of words to express things that no one language can. Add to that our regional languages, plus Taglish and baklese, and here we are: a people with minds and tongues nimble enough to deploy multiple vocabularies and conceptual frameworks. We can speak to each other and we can speak to the world. But only if we value and learn these languages as best we can.

Posted on August 29, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Carla Montemayor, Voices

The violence is directed toward innocent, ordinary people also struggling to keep their heads above water in these difficult times.

Posted on August 11, 2011   |   CATEGORY: In-Depth

I’ve always wondered about Fruta. She and Padre Jose had six children—it wasn’t exactly a secret affair. Were they ostracised? Or were they considered a power couple? Were they in love? Did Fruta have any choice in the matter?

Posted on July 9, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Carla Montemayor, Voices

The RH bill offers a comprehensive package of reproductive health measures including, but not limited, to artificial methods of contraception. It does not compel anyone into availing of these. Nobody is proposing to go door-to-door to poke diaphragms into women of reproductive age or perform vasectomies on Catholic priests.

Posted on May 28, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Carla Montemayor, Health, Sectors, Voices, Women & Children

While we may not be able to help how sensitive our noses are, we need to moderate our instincts in a globalized setting. Of course we could ask who’s more rude, those who complain about offensive odors or those who inflict their odors on others?

Posted on May 16, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Carla Montemayor, Voices

Call me a killjoy and a peasant but I just don’t get it. Weddings, I get. It’s the whole royal farrago that baffles me. Sure, it’s part of an ancient tradition; it’s a connection to the past. Yeah, but so is cannibalism.

Posted on April 22, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Carla Montemayor, Tourism, Voices

One question for those insisting on a hero’s burial for Ferdinand Marcos: Are you high?

Posted on April 15, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Carla Montemayor, Congress, Institutions, Politics, The Legislature, Voices

Boy bands flourish to torment us with their mediocrity UNTIL TWO WEEKS AGO, I THOUGHT I HAD BEEN spared from the scourge of Taiwanese boy band F4 because their TV show “Meteor Garden” came on at 5:30 p.m.—too early for me to even be curious about. I had heard (and abhorred) their songs on the [...]

Posted on October 27, 2003   |   CATEGORY: Absurdia

Vocational zeal cannot always suppress primal instincts

Posted on August 18, 2003   |   CATEGORY: Absurdia

SARS may yet do globalization in

Posted on June 9, 2003   |   CATEGORY: Absurdia, Commentary

The Sto. Nino’s body parts are pieced together, carved from wood. Eyelashes come from dog hair.

Posted on May 12, 2003   |   CATEGORY: Places
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