Rizal sowed the idea; Bonifacio brought it to fruition

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By Floro Quibuyen On his 31 December 1888 letter to his compatriots, whose important meeting he couldn’t attend, Rizal wrote: “Without wishing to parody the sublime words of Christ, I shall say to you nevertheless why I think and feel thus, that wherever two Filipinos meet in the name of the native land and for […]

Bayan Ko, A Dramatic Reading

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“Bayan Ko” (My Country) is a dramatic reading based on Floro Quibuyen’s book A Nation Aborted: Rizal, American Hegemony and Philippine Nationalism. Quibuyen wrote and directed “Bayan Ko” in consultation with his PI 100 (Rizal) class, which presented it as an intermission number in the Symposium on Globalization, which, in turn, was organized by his […]

Can We Turn Back From A Maelstrom? Breaking the Impasse over the West Philippines Sea

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This is the winning entry (high school category) in the recently concluded essay contest “The West Philippine Sea and Its Impact on the Future of the Philippines” organised by the US Pinoys For Good Governance with presentation of awards to the winners being staged as part of the Second Global Summit of Filipinos in the […]

The Filipino Youth in Geopolitical Context: Leveraging the Power of Social Media and the Internet towards Online Political Engagement in the West Philippine Sea Dispute

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This is the winning entry (college level) in the recently concluded essay contest “The West Philippine Sea and Its Impact on the Future of the Philippines” organised by the US Pinoys For Good Governance with presentation of awards to the winners being staged as part of the Second Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora […]

Filipino youth push social media leveraging in West Philippine Sea dispute

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As part of the mission of the US Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG) to provide the Filipino youth the opportunity to express their thoughts on the West Philippine Sea dispute, the USP4GG ran an essay contest from December 1, 2012 to February 8, 2013 with the theme “The West Philippine Sea and Its Impact on […]

My “memorable” encounter with Austin Coates at the Bantug ancestral house

By Floro Quibuyen On Dec. 30, 1979 (or 1980, I’m not exactly sure), Austin Coates was the guest speaker for the Rizal Day Annual Lecture at the Rizal Shrine at Fort Santiago. Book cover of Lolo Jose by Asuncion Lopez Bantug One of the guests of honor was Asuncion Lopez-Bantug, the grandniece of Rizal. I […]