Road to Martial Law Redux: A Conclusion to the Series

Conferring the ‘hero’ status to a dictator who was clearly responsible for much of the country’s economic woes, corruption in government bureaucracy and perpetrator of human rights violations–it boggles the mind.

The Long Night Begins: Martial Law Announced on Live TV

September 23, 1972, Midnight. It began at night, as all crimes are done. That is, Philippine democracy died in the cover of darkness. As the entire country slept soundly, President Ferdinand Marcos had sent out the military to round up the media, the opposition statesmen, activist leaders, writers, artists, all of whom have expressed a…

Like a Thief in the Night: Martial Law Implemented

President Ferdinand Marcos, ever the paranoid leader, never revealed his plans for Martial Law to his close associates, except to a selected few, many of whom were within his inner circle of advisers.

The Turbulent ’60s and Marcos’ Ascent to Power

Much like the politics of today, the 1960s were full of scandal and betrayal. How did these bring about Ferdinand Marcos’ ascent to power?Our resident historian Kris Pasion narrates in this fourth part of our 15-part series ‘Road to Martial Law.’

Maxine Medina: More than the Terno

“Maria Mika Maxine Medina, Philippines!” Confident and laced with strong words of conviction, Maxine Medina stunned the hometown crowd with her performance during the pageant preliminaries. She is no longer just a woman with the elegance of a beauty queen. She now has the tenacity of a beast too — dominating, ruthless and savage with a will to become more…

Bagani

Editor’s Note: This piece placed 1st in the Short Story Category of the 2016 Chronicle Literary Awards of Adamson University. While this is a work of fiction, some details are based on the experiences of a Martial law rape victim. Images used are from the film “Ang Mga Alingawngaw sa Panahon ng Pagpapasya” (Echoes in the…

Traydor

Umalingawngaw ang dalawampu’t isang putok ng baril pasado alas-dose ng tanghali kanina, hudyat ng parangal sa isang ililibing na bayani: bayaning diktador at huwad na beterano ng digmaan. Ang gun salute ng mga sundalo, animo’y paalala ng mga putok ng baril noong panahon ng Batas Militar na ngayo’y pilit at sadyang binubura sa isipan ng…

Love in the Time of Martial Law

Editor’s Note: Just in case you think it’s unimportant — Moving On from Martial Law? Fe and Roger had been co-teachers in a university for quite some time, occasionally exchanging nods and “hellos” inside the campus. But it was only when Roger won his first Palanca award on his poem “Mga Duguang Plakard” (Bloodied Placards) that Fe took…