President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte sang at the recent ASEAN conference, “uninvited,” at the behest of his “commander-in-chief,” US President Donald Trump. That would be the ultimate “tutaism” on his part.
At the International Association of Women in Broadcast and Television 37th Biennial Assembly last week in Quezon City, I met a vibrant and warm people of the women broadcast community from all over the world. It also was where places in Africa as Zimbabwe, Kenya and Sierra Leone became real for me; not just a news clip on TV news or video documents, but somebody in front and a solid living community representative and a woman.
The United Nations (U.N.) estimated that in 2012 over half of the murdered women were killed by their partners or family members, and that 120 million girls worldwide have been forced to have sex at some point in their lives.
By now, most universities and colleges shifted from the old academic calendar year, (June to March) to the new academic calendar year (August to May) due to the ASEAN integration within education. The calendar shift was adjusted to sync with the South East Asian nation’s academic school calendar ideally making it easier for students to enroll in schools in South East Asia. However, most students do not have the luxury to go study abroad making the academic calendar shift elitist, namely for those who can afford it.
November is designated as Children’s Month. As Christian parents, we are responsible for many things with respect to our children. We are called upon to provide our children with food, shelter, and clothing. But in the words of our Biblical text, our greatest responsibility as Christian parents is to let our children come to Jesus Christ our Lord. When we do not do this, then we have failed somehow in our Christian responsibility to our children.
On November 8, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Lt. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) assured Vice President Leni Robredo that the military will not support any move placing the country under a revolutionary government.
“Sing our own song”, was the title of a short video documentary in the early 80’s that featured the late Ka Pepe Diokno (Senator Jose Diokno) that helped very much in the projection of the atrocities of the Martial law and the projection of the struggle of the indigenous peoples of the Cordillera.
It is significant to note that the worst typhoon in human history named Yolanda happened in our country in the month of November designated as Stewardship Month. In the light of Yolanda commemoration, let us focus our reflection on the stewardship of creation.
So, October as Filipino History or Heritage Month is just over. Did we dwell again on traditional notions about our history as we learned them from our traditional schools?
Let’s talk about the very amiable and energetic Slåttum first. Idun Tvedt deserves another column.
In light of the recent waves of attacks against women human rights defenders in the Cordillera by the 7th Infantry Division (ID) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Northern Luzon Command, we, in Innabuyog, together with the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance and the Cordillera Peoples Alliance are urgently appealing to our fellow kakailyan and other peace loving citizens in the region and the entire Philippines to support the campaign, “Women Against Tyranny.”
November 1 and November 2 are designated as All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, respectively. Roman Catholic traditions try to differentiate the two occasions saying that November 1 is supposedly a celebration purposely intended only for the church’s canonized saints, while November 2 is supposedly for all. But in practice, people do not actually recognize such distinctions.