With A Smile: Thoughts on ‘Ang Huling El Bimbo the Musical’

Ang Huling El Bimbo The Musical will go down in history as the first original Filipino musical show I ever watched. I have to be honest and say how sceptical I was to watch a musical theatre piece inspired by the songs of a 90s rock band. This does not mean I do not love … Continue reading With A Smile: Thoughts on ‘Ang Huling El Bimbo the Musical’

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The Filipina Publisher Behind the Penguin Classics

The first thing you will see in the Classics section of any decent bookstore is a long shelf of black-spine books with the logo of a flightless bird on a bright orange background: the Penguin Classics. The books under its label are the most popular and accessible editions for students, professors, and general book lovers … Continue reading The Filipina Publisher Behind the Penguin Classics

Why Romanticism is more than just about Romance

It is difficult for someone like me to separate the study of literary movements from pursuing a deeper understanding of the classical works of Western literature. I have realised that prolonged exposure to the canonical works will eventually require concepts of art history and literary criticism. In other words, a deep passion for the works … Continue reading Why Romanticism is more than just about Romance