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Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter - F. Sionil Jose Memorial Issue

Manuel L. Quezon III
Manuel L. Quezon III
My column today is an obituary on F. Sionil Jose.

The famous Solidaridad
The famous Solidaridad
The Long View this Week
Solidarity | Inquirer Opinion
Readings that went into this writing
Three obituaries: that in The New York Times, in The Philippine Daily Inquirer, and Business World, this last one remarkable for including the last thing ever written by F. Sionil Jose, a Facebook post on the eve of the surgery he did not wake up for:
Thank you brave heart. There are times when as an agnostic I doubt the presence of an almighty and loving God. But dear brave heart you are here to disprove this illusion, to do away with the conclusion that if you doubt Him, you kill Him. I cannot kill you dear heart; you have to do that yourself. For 97 years you have been constantly working patiently pumping much more efficiently and longer than most machines. Of course, I know that a book lasts long too, as the libraries have shown, books that have lived more than 300 years. Now, that I am here waiting for an angioplasty, I hope that you will survive it and I with it, so that I will be able to continue what I have been doing with so much energy that only you have been able to give. Thank you dear brave heart and dear Lord for this most precious gift…
See also Butch Dalisay‘s piece, one of the first to come out; see the Magsaysay Award entry on which I based the beginning of my column; see Clinton Palanca’s open letter to Jose, and Jose’s reiteration of his views; see also Krip Yuson and Joel Pablo Salud as examples of those who responded to him in kind.
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Manuel L. Quezon III
Manuel L. Quezon III @mlq3

I'm a columnist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer; an Editor at large at Spot.ph; I write on history, politics and culture; and I write speeches and have worked in political communications; and I used to broadcast (which is where The Explainer comes from); I also set up and maintain the Philippine Diary Project; this is a newsletter to keep readers abreast of what I've written, am writing, and think about what's going on as well as a way to expand topics and conversations on all sorts of issues. Ideally, this will come thrice weekly:
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