Justin Umali

Justin is left-handed, left-leaning, and best left in a cool, damp place. He listens to Vampire Weekend when he's down and Car Seat Headrest when he's not. He usually writes about Philippine history and politics, and believes that you cannot change the world without understanding it first.
 
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Lino Brocka, the maestro of Philippine cinema, championed justice and freedom.
 
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Instead of looking at what Filipino heroes accomplished, maybe it is more important to recognize how they lived their lives and for whom.
 
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A colonialist lens paints Magellan’s arrival 500 years ago as the start of Philippine history when it was just another chapter in our country's rich historical tapestry.
 
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Bridging the gap between what seems like ‘exotic’ Mindanao starts with understanding the culture of its people and realizing that they are as integral as us.
 
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It was the culmination of decades of secularization and nationalism.
 
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Before colonization, the Visayans had a rich culture and diverse interests.
 
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The first three months of 1970 were a time of intense unrest and upheaval that shook the country to its very core and changed its destiny for better or worse.
 
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Gomez, Burgos, and Zamora solidified the secularization movement and the nascent nationalism felt by so many.
 
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Three different accounts shed light on how foreigners viewed the country. 
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