Marie Curie and the new semester

Tomorrow, another semester will start. Whew, I had a bit of vacation and I really hope I have recuperated enough from last semester's tasks. As always, I have a dual role, as a teacher and as a student. Its been exhausting and exasperating, but at the same time, it is worth it. I've been browsing... Continue Reading →

Marxism at the height of Capitalism

by: Maria Portia Olenka C. Placino "Iskolar ng Bayan, ngayon ay lumalaban!" This is a familiar battle cry. What kind of UP student are you, if you have never heard this chant, everywhere in the university. They even chant it outside of the university--to the senate, the congress, the palace… This often shocks or at least... Continue Reading →

Jose Rizal, Mideo Cruz, Kulo and Censorship

150 years. Did the world really change? Most times, I feel like life is spearing ahead too fast. But if you examine our history, our legacy, you may ask, did it really change? 150 years after. We celebrate Rizal’s 150th birthday with exhibits, shows, parades and many other commemorative exercises. We celebrate the hero. Yet,... Continue Reading →

Portia’s Casket (On Censorship) | Voices News for the week of August 10, 2011

(This is a re-post from my weekly column at The Shakespeare Standard for Voices Wednesday. This was first published on August 10, 2011. See the orginal version here.) Censorship. It is one of the worst things that can happen to an artist. It even happened to Shakespeare as he was censored during the Elizabethan times for some of his plays, “Jonson, Marlowe, Kyd... Continue Reading →

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