May parades

Mon, 04/09/2007 - 00:00

You're driving around Manila at night and turn into one of our famously narrow, crowded streets. Seeming to float towards you amid the urban grime, you encounter a vision that makes you blink; a glittering parade resembling a cross between a fashion show and a fairy tale.

Bad Filipino cooking

Mon, 04/09/2007 - 00:00

Listen up, everybody. This is an article on Filipino food in a magazine for Filipino readers, so you are expected to refrain from snickering when reading funny-sounding words such as ukoy or sisig. Neither are you supposed to run out of the door, hand cupped over your mouth, when you hear details about balut.

So, OK, you all ready? This is what you should remember about the state of Filipino cooking. It's pretty gruesome.

A false sense of democracy

Mon, 04/09/2007 - 00:00

Martial law may not be here in legal fact, but it’s here for all intents and purposes. And if it arrived scarcely detected, as apparently it did in spite of our long and recent and stark experience with martial law as a phenomenon, that’s precisely because this time it entered surreptitiously – not to mention that we might, after all, have been predisposed to deny it, having been deeply traumatized the first time.


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