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Exie Abola
Many Mansions
My Wife, the Book-Eater

Aurelio S. Agcaoili
Metaphor Man and Migrant, I

Teodoro Agoncillo
Philippine Historiography in the Age of Kalaw

Erlinda K. Alburo
Whatever Happened to Jose Rizal's (Supposedly Legal) Wife?

Virgilio Almario
Konsistensi: Ang Ikaanim na Memo para sa Bagong Milenyo
Reading Matters

Emily Angelo
I Cover Chinatown

Cesar Ruiz Aquino
The Son According to Gibson
Summer of 1962

Juaniyo Arcellana
Unplugged and Remixed

Geejay Arriola
Sojourn in Luang Prabang


John Bengan
Durian Season

Francisco Benitez
What is an Educated Filipino?

Helena Z. Benitez
Girls in Blue

Antonia Bisquera
Chicken for Dinner

Jorge Bocobo
College "Uneducation"
A Vision of Beauty

Lilledeshan Bose
Portrait of an Artist as Father

Robert Brady
My Role In The Downfall Of Ferdinand Marcos

Cecillia Manguerra Brainard
Another Look at Magellan's Juorney Around the World
Manila Without Verna from Acapulco at Sunset and Other Stories

Carlos Bulosan
Freedom From Want
I Would Remember


Libay Linsangan Cantor
Losing My Virginity, Woody Allen-Style

Jose Wendell Capili
My Dumaguete
Culture Thrives in Dumaguete’s Chill Out Spaces

Eric S. Caruncho
Confessions of a "Rock Journalist," or Some Disjointed Ramblings on Pinoy Rock 'N' Roll

Renato Constantino
The Mis-education of the Filipino

Horacio de la Costa
History and Philippine Culture
The Responsibility of the Writer in Contemporary Philippine Society


Randy David
Letter to a Granddaughter

Felipe M. De Leon Jr.
Defining the Filipino Through Song

Wm. Dinwiddie
Scenic Splendors of Northern Luzon: The Future Home of the White Man in the Philippines

Gino Dormiendo
Art That Does Not Tolerate Boundaries

Amando Doronila
Everybody's Cafe


Indira Endaya
Of Hipsters and Hegemonies

Isabel Escoda
Ghostly Heroes
Hong Kong Servitude

Susan Evangelista
And on Fridays, We Write


Doreen G. Fernandez
French Influence on Filipino Cuisine

Gilda Cordero Fernando
Happy to Be Happy
At the End of the Day
The Filipino As a Superbeing: Filipinizing the World
You Never See a Firefly Anymore
Table Exotica
Pampanga: The Gourmet Province

Victoria P. Francia-Cruz
Remembering Auntie Margie

Joanna Franco
Smells American


J. Neil C. Garcia
A Meditation on Poetry and the Soul
Was Rizal Gay?

Jeneen R. Garcia
It Ain't Easy Being Brown

Karie Garner
Filipinos in the Dispersion: An Introduction to Fuga

Luis P. Gatmaitan, MD
Tapok at Banlik

Jean N.V. Gier
Gier on Gier

Alfredo Q. Gonzalez
Will of the River

Leon Ma. Guerrero
What Are Filipinos Like?


Jessica Hagedorn
Ghost Town

Rey Hulog
Kalesa: The Passing of a Life-style


Francisco B. Icasiano
Of Things Old and New
Mosquitoes and Literature

Marili F. Ilagan
Random Thoughts of a Mindanaoan Artist


Carljoe Javier
Dangerous Visions

Nick Joaquin
A Heritage of Smallness
Apocalypse and Revolution
The House on Zapote Street
What Signified the Expatriates?

F. Sionil Jose
Return to Cabugawan


Maximo M. Kalaw
My Ideal University

Eusebio L. Koh
Help For Our Married Nannies


Jose P. Laurel
The Dignity of Labor

Jaime C. Laya
The "Imeldific" Collector

Gabriela Dans Lee
I'm 19 Years Old, and I'm Not a Virgin Anymore

Queena Lee-Chua
Cogito Ergo Sum, or What I Know for Sure I Learned From Mathematics

Germaine Trittle P. Leonin    
Intimate Strangers

Ferdinand C. Llanes
Destroying Moro Communities: Remembering Bud Dajo and Bud Bagsak

Salvador P. Lopez
Literature and Society
A Little Child


Melba Padilla Maggay
The War on Terrorism and Its Moral Ambiguities

Paolo Manalo
Being the True, the Good, the Beautiful and Definitive Meaning of Jologs (or When is the Squattah Not the Othah)

Edgar B. Maranan
The Way She Was

Kristyn Kay Maslog-Levis
The Hymen is There for a Purpose

Elizabeth Medina
A Hispanized Philippines: A Good Option?
Becoming a Filipino: A Journey from Alienation to Identity

Loreta M. Medina
Bagong Salta in America
In Praise of Grandmothers

Resil Mojares
Full of Soul
The Haunting of the Filipino Writer

Rose Margaret Galang Monis
The Shoe Conspiracy

Timothy R. Montes
Cultural Illiteracy
Of That Time, Second Person
The Tuba Drinker as Story Teller
Snapshots From a Visit to Lakeside Town

P.C. Morantte
Footnote to Old Age


Carmen Guerrero Nakpil
Filipino Cultural Roots and Foreign Influences
The Filipino Woman

Ma. Leovina Amante Nicolas
In Turbulent Indigo: A Literary Journey With Joni Mitchell


Ambeth Ocampo
Demythologizing Rizal
Glorious Pampango Food
Relatively Speaking
José Rizal's Idea of a "Colegio Moderno"
Rizal’s Prophetic Essay on Education

Charlson Ong
Writing in a Time of Terror

Mjolnir Xoce Ong
Adventures sa Kawatanan ng Rentas Internas


Vicente Albano Pacis
The Unknown Sergio Osmena

Erlinda Panlilio
Shadowboxing With My Mother

Roselle Pineda
Undressing Dresses

Kerima Polotan
The Happy Hoi Polloi
A House Full of Daughters

Allan Popa
Anay at Nilalaman

Baryon Tensor Posadas
Standing on the Yellow Line


Manuel L. Quezon
My Loyalty to My Party Ends

Rolando N. Quintos
The Task of the Writer Today

Elpidio Quirino
A University and Present Exigencies

Conrado de Quiros
Brown Skin, White Masks


Vicente Rafael
Freedom = Death: Conjurings, Oaths, and the Power of Secrecy

Claro M. Recto
Asia For the Asians

Dong Ampil de los Reyes
Notions on Motions: The Filipino Sense of Rhythm Sways to the Tempo of the Beast and the Machine

Godofredo Rivera
Thanks, My Lord
People and People
Santa Claus

Jose Rizal
The Indolence of the Filipino

Carlos P. Romulo
The Future of Filipino Literature


Felice Prudente Sta. Maria
A Heritage of Nobleness

Tara FT Sering
A Surigao Childhood

Leny Mendoza Strobel
A Hundred Years of American Tutelage and We Are Still Uncivilized


Eileen R. Tabios
Meditations on Ilokano Abstractions
Six Directions: Poetry as a Way of Life

Anthony L. Tan
Silliman in the Seventies

Vidal A. Tan
Adventure in Learning

Luis V. Teodoro
Recognition and Reward, Corruption and Repression

Nicanor Tiongson
Four Values in Filipino Drama and Film

Macario D. Tiu
Return to Community

Rolando B. Tolentino
Ang Bida sa Pelikula Bilang Kultural na Texto

Eric Torres
The Art of Juan Luna

Filemon V. Tutay
It Could Have Been You



Jaime B. Veneración
Mexican Footprints

Rey Ventura
Dogs Barking at the Full Moon

Charlie Samuya Veric
The Disentangling of a Tongue-tied Subject

Victor Hugo Viesca
With Style: Filipino Americans and the Making of American Urban Culture

Margarita Francia Villaluz
Ruminations on War and Peace


Edna Weisser
Fallen Angel In Shoe Heaven



Alfred A. Yuson
But For Nolledo


Jessica Zafra
Conspiracy of Buns

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