Gates of Hell

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GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano I have written a few articles about my views of the dying city and the gates of hell called Metro Manila. I have as my backdrop not only the stories from my parents who, as probinsyanos, studied in Manila before WWII but my own personal experience as a first-time visitor in 1960 and later a college student in 1965 who Read More …

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By Mariano Patalinjug Dear Perry: Let me commend you for publishing this Essay, “Is Manila the ‘Gates of Hell’?” I have read several columns in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, also about Manila characterized by a character in Dan Brown’s book “Inferno” as “The Gates of Hell.” In my estimation, your Essay is a more extended and well-rounded version. Many years ago, sometime around the year Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz The Philippines was called the “Sick Man of Asia” three decades ago.  Not anymore.  Today, the country’s capital city, Manila, is called “Gates of Hell.”  While it’s debatable what’s worse – being sick or in hell – one thing is evident: Manila is a city of contradictions.  Indeed, Manila has a split – schizophrenic — personality.  She has a mixture of Read More …

Ayungin-Reef

By NESTOR MATA MALAYA ‘There’s no longer any doubt that China is expanding its territorial control in the South China Sea.’ The Chinese intrusion into the Ayungin Shoal, which is part of the territory of the Philippines, is doubtless part of China’s expansionist plan to control the entire South China Sea, including other areas claimed by our country and neighboring Southeast Asian nations. The Ayungin Read More …

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Besides Dan Brown’s Description of Manila as Gates of Hell in Latest Novel Inferno, Beatles Lead Celebrities Who Have Insulted Filipino Pride With Their Comments By Ryan Inoyori  International Business Times Dan Brown’s latest novel, the Inferno caused outrage among Filipinos as the book described Manila as the “gates of hell.” However, there are other famous celebrities who have hurt the Filipino pride, including the Read More …

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GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano Sometimes, we need a foreigner to articulate a truth so we can confront it. Dan Brown, author of the bestseller, “Inferno”, a fiction and sequel to previous books like “Da Vinci Code” and “The Lost Symbol”, mentions Manila in ways not so flattering. In fact, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino reacted quite sharply to Brown’s choice of Manila and his choice Read More …

Manila traffic by Mike McKay.  There is a furore in Manila now, as heated as the scalding sun, here in this densely populated country of 94 million people where on most days these days, the thermometer reads 34 degrees Celsius.

By Iris C. Gonzales New Internationalist Blogs  Fiction writer Dan Brown, the same man who said Jesus married Mary Magdalene, described Manila as the gates of hell in his latest novel, Inferno. ‘Six-hour-long traffic jams, suffocating pollution and a miserable sex trade,’ is how Brown’s heroine Dr Sienna Brooks describes Manila. She has never seen such teeming poverty. ‘I’ve run through the gates of hell,’ Read More …