Manila, Entangled!

This post is an excerpt from my book Buhol-Buhol/Entanglement: Contemporary Theatre in Metropolitan Manila (Bern et al: Peter Lang, 2017). ENTANGLEMENT is persistent in Manila’s historical narrative. Travel writer Pico Iyer has observed many contradictions in the city of Manila. For instance, he describes the gallery going to his hotel room as an extraordinary space since: “on…

Perks of Travelling?!

Part of my academic vocation (yeah, I consider my job a “calling”) is traveling: conferences, academic meetings, symposiums, and fellowships. Many times, I want to think of these travels as “perks.” However, they are not really perks. Honestly, if not with my active networking (no – not that kind of networking which starts in a coffee…

Looking for Heritage

As an academic, I find the concept of heritage problematic. Those who are conceived as the authority of heritage (normally, the educated, the State) constantly use history of the glorious past as the primary defining framework for etching something as heritage. This identification equates heritage as something significantly valuable similar to how precious stones such as…