The Manila Review talks to Sheila Coronel and Vince Rafael about intergenerational dialogue, political discourse in a post-EDSA society, the evolution of Philippine public spaces, and the revolutions we might soon witness.
“Your generation is revolutionary in a different way, with technology, with globalization, with new ways of communication, it’s frighteningly more revolutionary.” – Sheila Coronel
Sheila Coronel serves as Director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and professor of professional practice, Columbia University, New York. Coronel began her reporting career in 1982 on the Philippine Panorama and later joined the Manila Times; she also wrote for the Manila Chronicle. As a stringer for the New York Times and the Guardian (London), she covered seven attempted coups d’etat against the Aquino government. In 1989, she cofounded the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism to promote investigative reporting and groundbreaking reporting on major social issues, including the military, poverty, and corruption. Coronel has been a Trustee at The International Crisis Group since July 2010. She is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including “Coups, Cults & Cannibals,” “The Rule-makers: How the Wealthy and Well-Born Dominate Congress,” and “Pork and other Perks: Corruption and Governance in the Philippines.” She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism in 2003. Prof. Coronel received an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of the Philippines, and a Master’s in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics.
Sheila Coronel is also a Senior Editor of The Manila Review. In our second issue, she reviews the book, “The Enemy Within.” Read it here.
Vicente L. Rafael is a professor of Southeast Asian History at the University of Washington, Seattle. He received his B.A. in History and Philosophy from Ateneo de Manila University in 1977 and his Ph.D. in History at Cornell University in 1984. Prior to teaching at the University of Washington, Rafael taught at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Currently, he sits on advisory boards of Cultural Anthropology, Public Culture, and positions. Rafael’s published works include “White Love and Other Events in Filipino History,” “The Promise of the Foreign: Nationalism and the Technics of Translation in the Spanish Philippines,” and “Discrepant Histories: Translocal Essays on Filipino Cultures.”
For the first issue of The Manila Review, Rafael wrote a review of Rick Baldoz’s “The Third Asiatic Invasion: Empire and Migration in Filipino America, 1898-1946.” Read it here.