Monday, October 11, 2010

Conrado de Quiros

Conrado de Quiros never fails to engage me with his writing. He is passionate and sharp and witty and biased and fair and snide and brave and funny and heart-warming and poetic and cruel and kind. I bet it'd be excruciating to work under his wing. But then again, if that's what it takes to close to half as good he is as a writer, why not?

Here are my favorite excerpts from his column today, titled "Pulling through", a commentary on P-Noy's first 100-day report which is called "Report kay Boss":

Photo taken here.
It shows that the Pinoy is not the supine and prostrate and mendicant individual the dole-out approach to alleviating poverty makes her out to be. She is perfectly capable of taking care of herself, she just lacks an attribute or two, or an endowment here and there, to bring her to where she wants to go, to enable her to grasp the heights she means to reach. All she needs is a little help from her friends. Or her president.

From the other end, it shows that P-Noy is not the lost and dazed and Hamletian leader his critics make him out to be. He is perfectly capable of grace under pressure, or acting so easily, so naturally, to get people—or a country—out of a bind. He just isn’t loud, he just doesn’t spend his time advertising it. He will yet show his mettle, enabling this country to reach the heights it means to grasp. All he needs is a little help from his people. Or his Boss.

To read the full article, click on this link: "Pulling through" by Conrado de Quiros

Wasn't that beautiful?

I always wonder why brillant minds like this guy don't run for politics. But eventually, I realized that think tanks like them are needed as spectators, to play's devil's advocate, to be a critic, to be a fan--perspectives I worry they may no have the luxury of possessing once they are placed at the eye of the storm, that is, Philippine politics.

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