The Damaged Culture Bit Revisited

On November 1, 1987, American author James Fallows published an article in the Atlantic Monthly titled, “A Damaged Culture:  A New Philippines?”, which created quite a stir, considering that at the time, Filipinos were occupied clearing the debris that Marcos had left behind. From then on, nasty things happened, which seemed to buttress the damaged culture…

Fiestas Past

In the Philippine setting, fiesta is culture and culture is fiesta.  Whereas the United States has Thanksgiving Day, the Philippines, namely each village , has the barrio fiesta:  a time for celebration, a time to give thanks, a time to reconnect with one’s roots.  And yes, the focus of the fiesta is the patron saint–its…