on teaching

I used to teach. Back in around 2003 and 2004, I taught a couple of classes of Art Appreciation, Philippine Literature in English, and World Literature at the college level in my alma mater. I only taught Art Appreciation because it was a subject under the Literature department La Salle dissolved the Humanities department when…Read more on teaching

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back to basics

I'm currently listening to Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in E Flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor": I. Allegro as conducted by Alfred Brendel with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Bernard Haitink. It just seemed appropriate after what just transpired only a few minutes ago as I'm typing this. As I've mentioned in a previous post…Read more back to basics

contemporary voices

Here in my room in Bacolod, I found my old college book "Prentice Hall Literature World Masterpieces," a huge volume of over a thousand pages of prose, poetry, and drama from all over the world and from the beginning of the written word. It's actually a pretty magnificent book.    And I started going through…Read more contemporary voices

Remnants: reviewed in Speqtrum by John Toledo

I received a private message on Facebook from a teacher, John Toledo, who is also part (or the publisher) of Speqtrum, a blog on what I understand is an online news organisation that seeks to legitimise the issues of the LGBT community in the Philippines. He asked where he could get a copy of Remnants…Read more Remnants: reviewed in Speqtrum by John Toledo

“Am I Still Cultured?”

The other day, maybe two or three nights ago, I was struck by this overwhelming fear that I might have be too remiss with my reading and that I have, somehow, become less of what I am supposed to be. Here I am, this cultural snob with aspirations for a certain quality of high-mindedness and…Read more “Am I Still Cultured?”

stringing words together

I've been using Twitter as a means for exercising my poetry muscles. I got very interested in the haiku and the western haiku and even read Jane Hirshfield's The Heart of Haiku to properly study the form and found that Twitter's character limit was a great way of forcing my poetry into a frame. It…Read more stringing words together

writing up a storm

I haven't been updating my blog as often as I have in the past. Things have been moving steadily forward in ways I never really expected. You know that you are supposed to work hard and eventually things will come your way. I've done for many years but never saw it really come to fruition.…Read more writing up a storm