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All That Fits: Outrage at Injustice

Bit of twist from my July 23 Facebook post after GMA’s ‘installation’ as House Speaker. The SONA did not even happen. It was not so long ago that this new House Speaker rigged the elections to her favor, executed Oplan Bantay Laya, pushed for Charter Change and introduced an anti-terrorism law.

Commentary: Beyond politics: The Social Functions of Protest

On the 23rd, Monday, Typhoon Jocie, who had been dumping bodies of rains in Luzon (especially Central and Northern Luzon) over the weekend made a needed exit. Perhaps used clothes have been piling in every house corner; spin dryers have become a gift and laundry shops confused about having to go to work and peeking at the prospect of profits. It was also on the 23rd that what was already expected to be an eventful day in national politics became even more striking when Gloria Arroyo, who over a decade ago said Hello to Garci, said Hello (even with the audio system off) to the seat of the House Speaker.

Women’s Front: Building a sustainable and resilient future

It is important for us in the global south to monitor the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But from where I stand, we would like to monitor it by dissecting structural barriers that block our way towards a sustainable, resilient and just future. Are we on track?

Weekly Reflections: Theology of Social Responsibility

Social responsibility is part of a Christian way of life. Our genuine involvement in social issues and concerns should be motivated by faith and not by ideology, although sometimes there is a very thin line between faith and ideology. Faith is sometimes used as an ideology. Besides, ideology is oftentimes given a very bad name.

Makan a la Pinoy: Thai Red Curry paste

Duyaw a curry paste ti kaaduan a magatang iti sadino man a tiendaan ditoy Baguio. Sumagmamano laeng ti pakasarakan ti nalabaga a curry. Isu a nasaysayaat no datayon mismo ti agaramid ti curry nga usarentayo. Agusar ti nalabaga a sili para iti red curry paste ken berde wenno saan pay a naluom a sili a sairo wenno siling labuyo para iti green curry paste.

As The Bamboos Sway: Balik Turon

In all SM complexes I have gone to in the Philippines, all throughout Manila, from Baguio to Cebu, GenSan in Davao or San Fernando in Pampanga and others, they have a uniform price for their turons – 15 pesos. Also, of almost similar quality, a foot long, stout with banana (we call saba in Ilocano) lined with slivers of jackfruit strips, they are wrapped with the traditional lumpia wrapper and fried with smudges of brown sugar.

Weekly Reflections: Theology of Holiness

In my own personal visits to the churches, I was a little bit surprised to realize that among the issues raised by some sectors in the church concerning our Seminary was the claim that we are not teaching holiness.

Weekly reflections: In the world but not of the world

“My prayer is not that you take them out of this world but that you protect them
from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me
into the world, I have sent them into the world.” — John.17,15-19

All that fits: A learning exposure to the Cordillera

There is a group of young Belgians visiting the Cordillera this month, hosted by the Center for Development Programs in the Cordillera (CDPC).The learning exposure is designed to extend support to farming communities in the Cordillera through the exchange of knowledge, skills and expertise in agriculture and health.

As The Bamboos Sway: The historical clutch of Spanish friars on the Filipinos

As a Christian, I can forgive President Rodrigo Duterte for calling my God “torpe”. I can also forgive the Philippine Catholics for not abruptly rising against the president for the insult on their faith. Moreover, I will not fault Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle for saying “Be fools for Christ. God is the Savior. We do not need to save God. It is God who will save us.”