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Nordis editorials, publishers’ notes

Editorial: Are we truly an independent nation?

The former President Diosdado Macapagal on May 12, 1962, declared June 12 a Philippine public holiday, to commemorate the “people’s declaration of their inherent and inalienable right to freedom and independence,” and in 1964 he proclaimed June 12 as the Philippine Independence Day.

Editorial: MARTIAL LAW

This week’s Nordis is about people’s indignation against the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao for the violent skirmishes instigated by the said Maute or Isis terrorist groups in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur on May 23, and the threat to declare martial law all over the country.

Editorial: Two former mayors bid farewell

Our condolences to the families of former mayor (in 1989-1992) Jaime Roldan Bugnosen who passed away on May 9, and of the retired Judge and former mayor Braulio Dacanay Yaranon (in 2004-2006) who wrote 30 on May 15.

Editorial: Overbuilding in the City of Pines

The aftermath of the “killer earthquake” on July 16, 1990 brought out studies about the geology and the carrying capacity of Baguio City as an integral area. These studies and estimates were made mostly by scientists in the field of environment, geology, vulcanology and hydrology, and those who cared for the City and its people.

Editorial: The merry month of May

The first May 1 protest march under President RR Duterte’s regime, according to the national news, gathered some 35,000 representatives at Liwasang Bonifacio in and around the Metro Manila area, aside from the approximate total of 80,000 provincial mobilizations in different urban centers all over the country.

Editorial: Who is truly “guwapo”?

“Guwapo”, literal translation in English means Handsome. Attractive, Beautifully built, Proportionate, Articulate, Good dancer, Balladeer, excellent orator, poet, actor, etc.. The decision of who is handsome rests on the beholder, and in this case the decision was made by beholders aplenty.

Editorial: Cordillera Day

For 33 years, Cordillera Day was annually observed by progressive indigenous peoples organizations led by the Cordillera Peoples’ Alliance (CPA). Cordi Day, in short, begun from the Macli-ing Memorial commemorating the day the Pangat was treacherously killed by soldiers of the State. It initially was a day to remember the honorable warrior’s lifeworks and selfless sacrifice but it also has grown to be an annual venue to share the collective actions of groups and communities in their common struggle to defend the ancestral domain, of building their unities to advance their community, to share their triumphs at determining their future as indigenous peoples, and many more.

Editorial: Easter Sunday and the easter egg hunt

Easter falls on a spring month in the temparate zone countries and it is the season when the vegetation that disappears towards the winter season starts growing again so it is celebrated as such – a rebirth, regrowth. Thanksgiving, for a bountiful farm, more animal offspring, and warmer weather, is celebrated as blessings of the spring season.