Has our President been compromised? HAS President Duterte been compromised in the course of his dealings with the Chinese? There are just too many wide-awake Filipinos asking this disturbing question. It is high time it is posed publicly so, in fairness to the President, he will have the chance to answer it candidly and clearly. We sense that the public wants an assurance directly from the President, although he may totally ignore the question. One of his subalterns had said that his boss “must never stoop to listening to the gutter.” In whatever manner Mr. Duterte reacts, we are quite sure the question or its variations will keep cropping up to hound his presidency until a satisfactory answer is given or his veneer of pro-Chinese bias vanishes. He could duck and demand a bill of particulars – although we see no need for that since he must be aware of the issues publicly raised in relation to his perceived pro-Chinese predisposition when … [Read more...] about Has our President been compromised?
Visitors to Museo de Intramuros’ ongoing two-man exhibition will find themselves in a surreal space. Right by the entrance, Diokno Pasilan’s imposing boat skeleton seems to have run aground in the museum’s sun-bathed courtyard. The main exhibition hall is populated with Ged Merino’s horseless kalesas and dismantled parts of the traditional carriage, all swathed in bursts of colorful yarn and fabric strips. The show might as well be a narcotic-fueled re-staging of an epic war’s aftermath. Except that it’s not. Through their works – Ged’s Kuwentong Kutsero and Diokno’s Boat Recollections – the artists take viewers on a journey through tender remembrances of vanishing traditions. You may also like: This impressive collection of Philippine religious imagery finally sees the light of day How Fernando Zobel saved a dying Spanish city by opening a museum Elmer Borlongan swept floors and erased blackboards to earn the privilege of … [Read more...] about The boat skeleton and horseless kalesas of Museo de Intramuros