Deuterium delirium

Mon, 04/09/2007 - 00:00

US president Richard Nixon loved to say that "when the going gets tough, the tough get going". American journalist Hunter S. Thompson had his own version: "When the going gets tough, the weird turn pro." In the Philippines, buffeted by political and economic crises, the weird are turning professional, as strange people scent an opportunity to make money from evil times.

The global Filipino and the goat

Sun, 03/25/2007 - 00:00

By Robert JA Basilio Jr.

When Jose de Venecia Jr. was a boy, he was almost killed by a goat.

The enraged beast — the head of the herd that he was leading out to pasture — charged at him without any provocation, flinging his body into the air.

De Venecia avoided serious injury — and perhaps even an early death — after being saved by his belt. The billy goat’s horn snagged the leather strip fastened onto his waist, missing the target by just a few inches.

Whatever epiphanies de Venecia derived from this incident are not indicated in Global Filipino, his authorized biography, written by Brett Decker, a speechwriter and a newspaper editor.

Throw out the clowns

Tue, 03/20/2007 - 00:00
Our folklore is populated by frightful, bizarre monsters. For instance, there's the aswang, a shape-changing horror which eats human fetuses and runs for public office. Or the amaranhig, an undead creature which tickles victims to death and runs for public office. Or the tikbalang, a horse-headed humanoid that attacks unwary travelers and runs for public office.

Positive journalism

Thu, 03/15/2007 - 00:00

October 10, 1997

Last week, publishers and editors gathered at The Anvil, the exclusive restaurant at the Philippine Commercial and Industrial Bank, for something that had the promise of an extraordinary event. But the absence (so far as I have observed) of any news about it tends to show there was nothing in it after all.

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