Ruined by the Jesuits, repelled by JDV

A very busy fortnight, and it only got busier last weekend. But I did manage to write a Commentary for the newspaper on Jesuit education, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of my high school class. And I wrote my first  column for inq7.net: That little corner of the world is called Newsstand too, and it materializes on the sidewalk, like an illegal vendor’s stall, every first working day of the week. What were you thinking, Joe?

PS. The other day, Caloy Conde argued powerfully for his view that it was the terrorism threat that actually forced the President’s hand and led to the postponement of the 12th Asean summit. Today he says he can find merit in the other view, summarized in today’s Inquirer editorial, that political considerations were behind the decision to postpone. Perhaps it was a confluence of both?

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7 responses to “Ruined by the Jesuits, repelled by JDV

  1. John:

    Your commentary is very apt tribute, on this momentous occasion, Triple Jubileo.

    Needless to state, all Ateneans can empathize with your thoughts, regardless of which Ateneo he or she went to.

    You mentioned Julius Caesar and James Hilton’s Lost Horizon. In our own time, we also had a similar “mandatory” reading regime and this was many, many moons earlier.

    We practically memorized the entire play, and then some, and I would have you know that I still have a paperback copy of Lost Horizon tucked somewhere in CDO.

    A M D G

  2. Congratulations on your new column, John. Re your article on JDV seemed to me you have a ‘soft spot’ for the embattled House Speaker. I’m not sure if I got that right, but it’s as if you were holding back in your prose.

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  4. Sef

    The JDV strategy is so obvious, or is it really?

    JDV is no fool, that is for sure. I think he may very well be actually using public opinion to push his real agenda. Now that everyone thought he will push hard for Con-Ass, everyone rejects him and now pushes for Con-con as if the public really wants Cha-cha in the first place.

  5. Happy Holidays 🙂

    Karl Garcia(First time visitor)

  6. Merry Christmas, John! Here’s to meeting blogpals in book fairs.

  7. kagayanong daku

    i thought all the while you graduated at xuhs? or did you just teach there?

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