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Test-firing virility

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My friend and fellow columnist Gerard Pareja once called it “intellectual homosexuality,” when men fail to impress women and thus end up trying to impress each other. Macho swagger thus becomes a way by which men mutually affirm their “manhood” and thus end up more drawn to each other than the girls they proclaim to be eyeing.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

The sense of wonder

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As a university professor teaching fine arts, I normally read art books to prepare for my lessons; philosophy to challenge myself intellectually, especially when I took it up for my master’s degree and, now that I’m back again in graduate school enrolled in cinema studies, books on film history and aesthetics. Whenever I have time [...]

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Middleman in the art market

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Artists can be too trusting and they hate doing paperwork and dealing with money. They try to avoid these hassles by leaving money matters to other people whom they trust. These people can be gallerists and art dealers. In other words, middlemen. The business of art thrives because of middlemen. But some of them are [...]

Posted: December 22nd, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Breaking waves

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We live next to mangrove forests along Cansaga Bay in Consolacion town. Looking at the wide expanse of greenery from our window, there is little hint that it’s actually the sea out there. The view is always breathtaking especially at dusk when the sky turns red as the sun dips into distant hills that start to twinkle with electric lights.

Posted: December 1st, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Surge of sympathy

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First, it was about the magnitude 7.2 earthquake and its series of aftershocks. Then it was the twisters. But when finally we started posting on Facebook about the supertyphoon Yolanda, our friends abroad couldn’t believe it anymore. The string of disasters happening to a place within less than a month’s interval was just too much. [...]

Posted: November 24th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Support ‘Art Quake’

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In 2011, we joined a group of volunteers from the University of San Carlos sent to Cagayan de Oro City to conduct stress debriefing for survivors of the flashfloods during typhoon Sendong. The team went around the evacuation camps to talk to the victims, many of whom were still obviously coping with trauma. We conducted [...]

Posted: November 17th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Old cemeteries

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For some reason, I have always been attracted to old cemeteries. There’s something in the little necropolis that arouses a mix of curiosity, aesthetic delight, nostalgia and dread. Desolate, quiet and far away from social constraints that condemn the living, the old public cemeteries provide refuge to the homeless, illicit lovers, junkies, criminals and other [...]

Posted: November 3rd, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Unbearable darkness

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If there’s anything positive about the recent earthquake, it is how its combined effect of great shock and awe has induced in us a strong scientific curiosity. Suddenly, we are jolted into the realization of how little we know about the world we live in. Everything seems shrouded in mystery and we grope for some [...]

Posted: October 27th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

The hazards of smiling

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The first thing that Remy Rault and Julien Harmel, our French friends here in Cebu, warned us before we left for our exhibit and residency in France, was not to smile too much at people there. Unlike Pinoys who never fail to smile even when they are in the middle of a calamity, the French [...]

Posted: October 20th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Bisdak art in France

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Since we arrived here in Paris, France, last September 9, our group of nine Cebuano artists has not wasted a minute of our month-long stay here to try to learn as much as we can about French art and culture and likewise use our works to give Parisians a glimpse of Cebu. The first few [...]

Posted: October 6th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Patina of Paris

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The first thing that may strike a visitor in Paris is what appears to be the city’s untidiness or seemingly neglected state. There’s the usual uncollected litter and lots of soft canine “land mines” in this nation crazy about dogs.

Posted: September 22nd, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Merci

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Today, I join a group of nine artists from Cebu who are leaving for Paris, France to take part in a month-long art residency and exchange called “Mugna Paris 2013”.

Posted: September 8th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Rhizome

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Like many Filipinos, I joined last Monday’s protest rally in Plaza Independencia against the pork barrel scam and corruption in general. The rally, which was supposed to raise at least a million people, was hastily planned a few weeks ago. In fact, the idea of calling people to gather in protest was first made as a Facebook status by a practically unknown concerned netizen.

Posted: September 1st, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

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