Category: Streams of Thought

Streams of Thought

Two Billion Tons

What many of us missed in the news last month: in an AFP report from London, two billion tons of food (roughly half of all the food produced in the world) is thrown away every year.  To give some sense of perspective to how much food we’re wasting, two billion tons is the annual increase […]

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Freedom Is Never Beautiful

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” – Thomas Jefferson Freedom is never beautiful. Here we are, free people, talking about freedom as if it’s the most normal thing in the world.  We render freedom in symbols like peaceful protests, leaders smiling towards the […]

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On Original Pilipino Music

Don Jaucian is disheartened, pointing us to the grave of Original Pilipino Music.  On the other hand, Carlo Casas is pissed, telling us that OPM is alive and well (nevermind that Don’s “an idiot”).  Three or four tweets later, I find that whatever my thoughts here are better off blogged… at least kicking off from where […]

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My EDSA Story

Whenever I write about the 1986 EDSA Revolution, I tend to underscore one thing: I am part of the generation that grew up after it all happened. At the time, I was seven months old. Suffice to say, I wasn’t in EDSA. I have no EDSA story to tell. Yet if anything it is my […]

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The Deep and the Shallow

I agree with many of the things F. Sionil Jose wrote about in his column in The Philippine STAR.  I agree; to a certain extent, we have become somewhat shallow.  There’s no denying that shallowness he rails against.  We do enjoy shallow entertainment.  We do elect shallow officials into government.  We do have a problem […]

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Shock/Art

The assemblage of a crucifix, rosaries, and other religious items – punctuated by the presence of a movable, erect, wooden penis – caused a storm of discussions a few days ago at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. It’s a good thing that art is taking center stage this time.  At a time where heated and […]

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Triumph Over Pain

  I think it was Marcel Proust who once wrote that we can only be healed from suffering only when we experience it completely.  It’s hard to understand that, when we live in a world that has all but eliminated pain.  There’s a pill for just about every kind of affliction, and an anaesthetic for […]

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Reins of Reasonable Terror

It’s easy to chastise religious ritual as irrational, and perhaps maybe it is.  In India, for example, many of the faithful who pull the Juggernaut’s chariots are crushed by the massive wheels of the vehicle.  In the Philippines, there are undercurrents of “progressive” atheism that dismiss the Nazareno feast as panata pinned by false hopes.  […]

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The Shoemaker and the Ceiling Elves

Buying shoes in the 20th century was nothing like the click-and-meet-up routines people do nowadays over on Facebook (for the love of Zuckerberg, please use Facebook Marketplace, don’t tag random people on pictures of discount Bangladeshi espadrilles). It was as simple as going to a shoe store, say, Zenco Footstep, have your feet measured with […]

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