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ALL THAT FITS | Rise up and resist tyranny

Activism embodies the very same positive values practiced by our ancestors during the Chico and Cellophil struggle—and many other struggles of our people thereafter. That we must nobly defend our land, life and honor and that we must rise up when life is threatened—these are services to the ili/people for the greater good.

AS THE BAMBOOS SWAY | On another Fil-Am history month

We are now in the middle of October which has been designated as Filipino-American History Month. Question is: Which history will you believe in the relationship of the two countries? Do you still believe that the United States, by virtue of its Manifest Destiny, saved the Philippines from tyrannical Spain and invader Japan; or, by its imperialistic designs, butchered millions of Filipinos during the late 1800s to the first decade of the 1900s to make the Philippines its colony?

CHOICED CUTS | Bulilit Health Workers Program

During the 2017 BHW Summit, the OCMS-Bulilit and Teen Health Workers earned several recognition and awards including a top place in a return demo of emergency management of epilepsy; 2nd place for Poster Making Contest (teen category) and 3rd place for the bulilit category.

All that Fits: Free Rachel Mariano

For those who may not know yet, Rakel is a Cordillera activist, an Ibaloi-Kankanaey from Itogon, Benguet. She hails from Ucab—a community that fiercely and successfully resisted the open pit mining of Benguet Corporation. Rakel worked closely with Cordillera communities for their right to health as the Health Program Desk Coordinator of the Community Health, Education, Services and Training in the Cordillera (CHESTCORE) in Baguio City, since 2004.

As the Bamboos Sway: My brother, Ces

Even in silence, he spoke with eloquence. At least to me. He has been my only brother for 64 years of his mortal life that I had grown to know what he conveyed with the mere twitching of his lips, rolling or gleaming of his eyes, the gravity of his sighs, or jiggle of his shoulders in mirthful mode or shrugging them.

Weekly Reflections: Indigenous Peoples and the Church

October is declared as Indigenous People’s Month in the ecumenical world. This is an opportune time for us to look into our relationship with the indigenous peoples in our country and elsewhere. The story of the Canaanite Woman as recorded in the Gospel according to Matthew could help us in our reflection (15:21-28).

Choiced Cuts: Our scalpels salute you: paying homage to the bereaved

Two weeks ago, the 2005 Batch of Post-Graduate Interns of Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center lost a colleague to Severe Dengue. She was good friend to us, a compassionate and beautiful soul, a dedicated surgeon and an altruistic physician, and a loving mother and wife to her family. She shall forever be an inspiration to us who had the chance to work, live and love with her, whether it was at the Operating Room or at the wards or the coffee shop.

Youthspeak: Ang materyal na batayan ng pagbangon ng Loacan

Sa isang larawang pinakita ni Kelly, nagtuturo ng visual arts para sa Tuklas project sa Loacan at volunteer para sa Serve the People Brigade, may isang backhoe operator na parang namumulot lang—tulad ng pagpulot sa kung anumang bagay na naiwn sa daan—ng isang patay na katawan. Drawing ito ng isang Grade 2 student mula sa Loacan, Itogon na recently ay binayo ng bagyong Ompong, ni-landslide, parang dinagit ng didigra, nilayo sa tirahan (sa kasong ito, hindi pisikal ang displacement although may ganito raw na banta sa lahat ng mga taga-Itogon).