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U.S. NEOCOLONIAL DOMINATION OF THE PHILIPPINES

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FOR A CRITIQUE OF "AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM" AND THE DISCOURSE OF CIVIL SOCIETY

By E. San Juan, Jr.




If truth is to be found in the synchronization of reason and experience, rectitude lies in the synchronization of theory and practice....
Let us fight to our last breath in order to defend our sovereignty, our independence.... for the salvation of our country and our national honor; let us do our duty since Providence has faith in our ability to fight and protect our country....

--APOLINARIO MABINI


We do not intend to free but to subjugate the people of the Philippines. And so I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.... We have pacified some thousands of the islanders and buried them, destroyed their fields, burned their villages, and turned their widows and orphans out of doors... The White Man's Burden has been sung. Who will sing the Brown Man's?

MASKARA NG MAKATA

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Ni E. SAN JUAN, Jr.


Wala, walang hugis ang aking mukha
At wala ring pangalan
Ang aking pagnanasa:
Sa silid ay maraming pinto’t durungawan
At ang kawayang lumalagutok
Sa daluyong ng hangin
Huwag mong aminin
Na sa iyong buntunghininga nagpuputok
Ang kanyang pagkatao, subalit
Sa paningin at pandinig
Sa diwa’t pag-ibig ng isang nilalang
Gumagalaw, kumikilos ang bawa’t nilikha
Pagkat ako’y nag-iisa sa ulilang silid
At naglalamay sa buong daigdig.

Wala akong kaakuhan; ako’y iyan
Kung anong buhay
Sumisilay
Sa damdamin ng lupa, hayop, halaman, bubong, tala—
Sa kabilugan ng pangmalas nasasaklaw:
Ibubunga ito
Ng tahimik na pagninilay-nilay—
Gigising ako
Sa iglap ng kometang naupos sa karimlan:
Isang tanglaw sa bangin ng kaisahan
Ngunit tubos ng batis at sibol ng bawa’t bagay.

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MASK OF THE POET

None, no contour to my face
And no name also
To my desire:
In this room you’ll find a multitude of doors and windows
And the bamboos creaking
To the gusts of the wind
Don’t accept
That in your impassi…

FROM VILLA TO HAGEDORN: FILIPINO WRITING IN ENGLISH

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FILIPINOS WRITING IN ENGLISH/THROUGH ENGLISH: Reconaissance and Revaluation

by E. San Juan, Jr.


Given the rise of “englisches” in the shadow of Global/World English, is it possible to draw up a provisional account of Filipino writing in English from the orthodox formalistic and aestheticist point-of-view without self-incrimination? It surely is possible, but whether it is intelligible or useful for whatever reason, remains to be seen. Given the commodification of postmodernist and post-structuralist dogmas, we cannot engage in this task by invoking universalist paradigms and meta-narratives without provoking the high priests of sikolohiyang pantayo (“psychology for us,” an academic style of doing local psychology), the pasyon/sinakulo historicism of would-be populist academics, and the gatekeepers of assorted prizes, awards, and official honors that have made writing in English in the Philippines not only an elite luxury but ultimately a self-congratulating hedonistic orgy of nulli…