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The landscape according to Caravaggio

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cartoon_Dec29

They say that Caravaggio painted As though he were inside a dungeon Or a room deep within a tavern, Where the illumination comes Not from the sun but from a lamp, Which is unseen and seems embedded Into the very fact of being — The women, children, men and horses, Whose physicality is such As [...]

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

The dawn of visions

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cartoon_Dec22

For the past several days, the wife and I have been waking up at three in the morning, a bleak and merciless hour. To make sure that we would not miss it, I set the alarm on both the radio clock and my cellphone. Usually I respond to the alarm first. Perhaps I am the [...]

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

Django

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cartoon_Dec15

How strange that, as I look at Raphael’s paintings of John the Baptist, I should think of Django, the main character of a 1966 eponymous Western directed by Sergio Corbucci, a film that spawned many sequels, over a hundred according to speculations, but only 31 as per official count. The movie opens with an iconic [...]

Posted: December 15th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Missing God

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cartoon_Nov24

A friend of mine posted a poem by Dennis O’ Driscoll, entitled, “Missing God.” At once it evoked a remark a public official made after seeing for himself the destruction that an uncommonly violent typhoon left in its trail. “I think God was somewhere else when the typhoon hit,” he said. Surely, he made this [...]

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

The hero of my tale

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cartoon_Nov17

Recently, the wife and I went to a store to buy a cabinet. We used my sister’s card for the purpose. At the entrance, the young man swiped the card through an electronic reader. When my sister’s address appeared on the monitor, he asked us if we still resided in the place, or if we [...]

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

Day and night

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cartoon_Nov03

Without Caravaggio one might not fully understand Bernard Strozzi’s painting of Zacchaeus. We know Zacchaeus’ story. He was a chief tax collector. In his Gospel, Luke narrates that, when Jesus was passing through Jericho, Zacchaeus wanted to get a look at him. But because of his height, he could not see Jesus over the crowd, [...]

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

The bridge is love

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cartoon_Oct27

The floor quavered as I was writing this. I had hoped that the aftershocks were over — as of last count close to three thousand since the big earthquake ten days ago. The earth rocked at midnight, but only in the manner of the cradle. In fact, when I called her attention, instead of being [...]

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

Earthquake

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cartoon_Oct20

Always it starts with a tiny sound, No louder than the clink of ice in a glass— The little Venus on the table Tick-tocks as it walks in a wobble, The frame beside it slowly slides, The books begin to leave the shelves As though pulled out by many readers, And the vase, after a [...]

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

Bird cage

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I chanced upon a bird cage on top of a pile of discarded things, among the broken furniture and the termite-eaten boards ripped from the living room wall during repairs. Somehow I had expected it. No childhood is without a bird cage. Mine had one, which I shared with my brother and sisters, and which [...]

Posted: October 13th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

About time

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cartoon_Oct06

As a young man, when I was preparing for the religious vows, I lived in a monastery for a year. The novice master assigned me to a room near the main stairs. Beside it was a grandfather clock, which, like the Big Ben, played the melody known as the Cambridge chimes every fifteen minutes, adding, [...]

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

How to make an omelette

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cartoon_Aug11

When the wife felt unwell and needed a rub, we asked our regular masseuse for the customary late-night home service. Because the whole procedure took three hours, and the wife could fall asleep, I decided to stay up and wait for the masseuse to finish. The woman had to be paid her fees and the [...]

Posted: August 11th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

A portrait of the artist as a Christian

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cartoon_Jul14

Between 1887 and 1890, while at an asylum for the mentally ill, Vincent van Gogh decided to paint copies of the works of his favorite artists, from whom he expected to draw a new fire, especially since he had run out of subjects and the bitter cold of winter kept him from working outdoors. Among [...]

Posted: July 14th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

A dance to the music of the end time

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After a brief stop at Avila, our bus crossed the vast, lonely plains of Spain. We drove into a sunset landscape that occasionally showed lines of olive trees and patches of purple vineyards. Night had fallen when we reached Fatima, a parish in the municipality of Ourem in the Portuguese Centro region. After a quick dinner, we joined the candlelight procession. It helped that our hotel was just a few minutes’ walk from the shrine.

Posted: November 18th, 2012 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

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