Book: Historical Atlas

I finally got around to perusing my digital copy of the Office of the President of the Philippines’ Historical Atlas of the Republic. Self-described as the first of its kind, the atlas traces the country’s geopolitical landscape through the years, from prehistory to the May Day Rebellion. Though I’ve only read bits and pieces (what I…

Museum x DARNA

#DARNA: Darna Ko, Darna Mo, Darna Nating Lahat is an exhibit commemorating Mars Ravelo and Nestor Redondo’s iconic superhero Darna. The exhibit looks at the celebrated character as a cultural icon beyond popular representations. Thirty millenial artists of varying backgrounds and styles share their interpretation of the superhero’s legacy.  The art exhibit is organized by UP Manila…

i don’t hate indigenous peoples, but i never learned to love them either

  an essay on the absent narratives of indigenous peoples in the philippines, by jari The plight of indigenous peoples (IPs) against the reality of ethnic cleansing is a battlecry some people are willing to take to its bitter end [1][2]. Since the inception of nation-states as we know them, indigenous peoples have been fighting…

Exhibit: Ambeth Ocampo’s Rizal without the Overcoat

We were walking around and stumbled upon this. Ayala Museum presents…  Rizal without the Overcoat by Ambeth Ocampo has been in print for a quarter of a century and remains one of the most enjoyable means to re-discover the National Hero who has been fossilized in bronze and marble. Filipinos come to know Rizal through his…

Tribute: Enheduanna

The Akkadian/Sumerian poet Enheduanna (2285-2250 BCE) is credited with creating the framework of poetry, psalms and prayers used throughout the ancient world –Enheduanna’s compositions were used as the template for the Babylonian prayers, the Hebrew Bible and the Homeric hymns of Greece. Enheduanna is the world’s first author known by name, whose works were inscribed over…

History: Great Speeches of the 20th Century

First, I apologize (well, not really) for inflicting my geekiness onto any unsuspecting reader.  Second, my reference for this post -yes, I have a reference– is “The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Speeches”, edited by Brian MacArthur. Third, my almost-excuse is the fact that I wrote all of this down in my journal last March 2012….