A Tall Order: When Height Became Might in the Philippines

From basketball games to tell-tale signs of health to dating preferences—there is no shortage of things in which Filipinos regard height as important. But when did taller become better for Filipino standards? Gideon Lasco, PhD, assistant professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of the Philippines Diliman, delves into the Spanish colonial period for answers. … Continue reading A Tall Order: When Height Became Might in the Philippines

A Taste of Citizenship: The Impacts of the Cádiz Constitution on the Philippines

The Napoleonic invasion of Spain in 1808 sowed the seeds that would spark the demand for political representation and participation among the indios naturales (or simply, indios; i.e., natives) of the Philippine archipelago, all the way across the globe. To preserve the sovereignty of King Fernando VII, imperial ministers formed juntas (local governments) across the … Continue reading A Taste of Citizenship: The Impacts of the Cádiz Constitution on the Philippines

An Outlier’s Vantage: Southeast Asian Studies from a Philippine Perspective

The ongoing 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations have enlivened popular discussions on the impact of Western civilization on Philippine culture, but unfortunately the celebrations have failed to foreground the connections linking prehispanic societies on these islands with its regional neighbors. The arrival of Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition in 1521 prefigured the Philippines’s role as an entrepôt in a … Continue reading An Outlier’s Vantage: Southeast Asian Studies from a Philippine Perspective

Cherry Bomb: On Dovie Beams and the Marcos Administration

Among all the mistresses that Pres. Ferdinand Marcos had, the name of American actress Dovie Beams stands out in public memory. The saucy details she shared of her two-year-long affair with the Philippine president, as well as the audio tapes containing their intimate conversations, have overshadowed her acting role in Ang Mga Maharlika, the 1968 … Continue reading Cherry Bomb: On Dovie Beams and the Marcos Administration

From Polarization to Pluralism: The Turn in Mojares’s Scholarship and Politics

Prof. Resil Mojares during a PostScript Interview, 1 August 2018 Prof. Resil Mojares, the Visayan Titan of Letters, is lauded for his contributions to history writing and Cebuano literature. His works reflect a deep investment in the intellectual and cultural development of the Filipino, evinced by his studies of regional history and his essays interrogating … Continue reading From Polarization to Pluralism: The Turn in Mojares’s Scholarship and Politics