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Viva San Roque!

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By Rex Catubig   \BEFORE an infamous dam lent a bad reputation to the name, making it synonymous to being a harbinger of catastrophe as opposed to its religious significance of being a beneficent healer of sickness, San Roque had been, and remains a revered patron saint of my beloved…

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Viva San Roque!

By August 14, 2022Entre'acte

Heaven in a bottle

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By Rex Catubig    IN my boyhood in our barrio, the month of August is customarily associated with relentless rain. “Nepnep” is how it was called when the monsoon dumps torrent of rain and the downpour inundates the river and engenders strong current. From out of nowhere the raging river…

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Heaven in a bottle

By August 6, 2022Entre'acte

Raingames

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By Rex Catubig   AUGUST is when monsoon brings copious rain, and usually intensifies into tropical typhoon. In my boyhood, at the start of a heavy downpour, we would run out into the yard and cheerily drench our fragile bodies with heaven’s libation. But as thunder rolls and lightning menacingly…

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Raingames

By July 29, 2022Entre'acte

Where were you when Dagupan shook?

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By Rex Catubig   IT was just another Monday. As the sultry afternoon was winding down, clock watchers in offices were fidgety and kept glancing at the wall clock, waiting impatiently for 5 o’clock to strike. The lady employees had begun the ritual of retouching their make-up, nudging off their…

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Where were you when Dagupan shook?

By July 17, 2022Entre'acte

Salute to my American dream

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By Rex Catubig   MY American journey took 8 long years of my mother’s life. She had to shuttle back and forth from Dagupan to Los Angeles to maintain her petitioner status—spending 10 months in the States and 2 months here in the Philippines. It was hard on her because…

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Salute to my American dream

By July 10, 2022Entre'acte

The forlorn Franklin Bridge

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By Rex Catubig   IT was the lifeline connecting the island barrios to the heart of Dagupan and “the gateway to the west” along the meandering Agno, “part of the 12- kilometer Golden Road” linking Dagupan to the western towns of Pangasinan. Built by the Americans in the 1920’s, the…

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The forlorn Franklin Bridge

By July 3, 2022Entre'acte

Pandesal or Kalayaan?

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By Rex Catubig   TO paraphrase a writer’s thought, “Why did our leaders give our people the freedom they don’t really need, rather than the bread he badly wants?” In the context of the colonial past, with the discrimination and abuses documented in two epochal novels, our leaders might have…

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Pandesal or Kalayaan?

By June 12, 2022Entre'acte