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As The Bamboos Sway: Friends and the SLUBHS Class ‘68

I have a circle of friends that evolved during our early college days. Our bond developed around courtships with our future spouses where we still share memories of places where we had been, punctuated with just sheer feeling of joy. We shared songs, laughter, joy, and woes. We became best men and bridesmaids to each other, ninongs and ninangs of our children. We were and are there for each other in times of need. We may have developed different opinions on the world but, at the end of the day, we still consider ourselves best friends.

Statements: Let ethics always be our guide

This week, media took a huge, self-inflicted hit at a time when the industry and individual journalists continue to be vilified and threatened by those who would seek to undermine the profession of truth to advance their nefarious agenda.

Statements: On the Office of the Solicitor General’s response to the City Government

Tongtongan ti Umili – Cordillera Peoples Alliance welcomes the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG)’s answer to a petition filed by the City Government of Baguio that brands their claims to prevent the city’s indigenous people’s mandatory representative (IPMR) to assume office as “self-serving, gratuitous, and unwarranted conclusions of law.”

Weekly Reflections: Martial law as a Theological issue

On September 21, 1972, then Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos declared martial law in our country in the guise “to save the republic and reform society.” However, what happened in more than a decade of Marcos Rule was the very opposite of what the regime had claimed to do. Our country was plunged into long dark nights of fascist rule, where crying and weeping of widows and orphans were heard all over the land amidst the sarcastic laughter and merriment of the powers-that-be, feasting lavishly on the riches and beauty of our motherland.

Cordillera, 54 dead in Ompong’s rage

BAGUIO CITY — In a breaking news, initial data gathered today, Sunday September 16, on the aftermath of yesterdy’s weather disturbance that battered thru northern Luzon, typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) left 54 dead in the Cordillera, 49 missing and 33 injured.

NDFP to study Bishop’s proposed framework on local talks

BAGUIO CITY — The head of the NDFP negotiating panel expressed their openness to study the proposal made by the head of the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) of how to utilize the local peace talks to advance the over-all peace negotiations.

14 killed in Kalinga road mishap

TABUK CITY, Kalinga — Fourteen passengers, most of them senior citizens, were killed and 25 others were injured when the brakes of the jeepney they were riding on failed and they fell into an 80-meter ravine in Barangay Dao-angan at Balbalan town here in Kalinga on Tuesday afternoon, September 11.

Poetry: Manong*

Nandirito na naman
Ang Habagat
Ang pagbugso’y marahas
Nilulunod ang malawak
Na katihan
Ng paghahanap