Jazz, Race and Churches

A MacArthur Foundation "genius" award is no small thing to scoff at (Google it and see how prized it is) and Han Ong, our featured author/playwright this week, is one of them. Contributing writer Elaine Elinson writes about this Filipino Chinese American phenom whose latest work, Grandeur, about another enigmatic genius Gil Scott-Heron ("godfather of hip hop") is currently being staged at San Francisco's Magic Theater. Positively Filipino readers get a 20% discount until the end of the play's run on June 25 so don't miss this rare chance to bask in the magic of genius.

Speaking of awesome, some churches in the Philippines definitely fall under this category as Ortigas Foundation Executive Director and PF Correspondent John Silva shows us in "Exceptional Philippine Churches." Keep this guide handy for your next visit to the Philippines.

Racial slur or First Amendment right? The US Supreme Court allowed an Asian American band to use the name "The Slants" under the Freedom of Speech provision. Contributing writer Ed Diokno however declares the name "A Racial Slur By All Means." What do you think?

Some historical Read Agains:

Liana Romulo's report on her distinguished grandfather's singular feat, "When Lolo's Debating Team Vanquished America"

Dr. Penelope V. Flores' popular essay, "How Filipinos Got Their Surnames"

And for your reading pleasure, a smorgasbord of In The Know links: 

The Battle for Marawi City

Hiding Christians in the Basement: Fear and Heroism in a Philippine War Zone

‘Clean your weapons,’ Iligan mayor tells gun owners as military bares Maute plan for city

Rizal's life in Germany revisited in new map

Señorita Bread Is a Carb Addiction Waiting to Happen

Author/foodie and PF Correspondent Elizabeth Ann Quirino shares with us her version of "Sabaw ng Munggo Guisado" which, she discovered, was Jose Rizal's favorite dish to cook while in exile in Dapitan.

Our Video of the Week: Australia's Marc Fennell interviews Lea Salonga on her career on Broadway.

Special Discount for Positively Filipino Readers

Grandeur will run until June 25. Readers of Positively Filipino can use the code GRANDEUR20 for 20% off tickets to GRANDEUR.[This offer expires on June 25, 2017. Discount is available on all seats. All seats are best available. Offer not valid on previous purchases and cannot be combined with any other offer. All tickets are subject to availability. Subject to change. Service charges apply to all orders.]

For tickets: http://magictheatre.org/

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino