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Diaries From The Field: The secret of a long life

For the past months, I witnessed and participated in the celebration of long life of our elderly in my village. Truly, it is a joy to see our elders happy and smiling when their lives are celebrated not only by their families but also by the whole community. After all, one of their ingredients in having long life is family and a good community.

Pamangkin ng Pangat*

Dalawang alamat;
Ang una ay kay Berberoca, ang malignong higante sa mga kuwento ng mga Tingguian,
Pangalawa ay kay Evangeline Dulag, pamangkin ni Macli-ing, ang pangat ng Tingalayan (at pinuno ng mga lumalaban sa Chico River Dams Project).

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.

Bandillo: Leonardo Manahan, banwar ti umili

In honor of a beloved friend, faithful revolutionary, and genuine servant of the Filipino people, I am accommodating in Bandillo this week the tribute of the NDFP to Leonardo “Ka Zola” Manahan. We were together in the youth and students movement, and at one time or another, as peace consultant, I have been in coordination with him relative to advancing the GRP-NDFP peace process.

Unveiling the marker for heroes of the Chico River struggle

The first part of the 2017 Cordillera Day commemoration is the unveiling of the marker dedicated to the heroes of the Chico River Struggle in the 1970s, such as Macliing Dulag, Lumbaya Gayudan and Pedro Dungoc, Sr. on April 23 at Sitio Iker, Tinglayan, Kalinga.

Weekly Reflections: Indigeous peoples and the new evangelization

I was invited onetime to give a lecture presentation on evangelization in an international consultation workshop held in Geneva, Switzerland. Before my presentation, five case studies on the relationship of popular religion and the Gospel were shared from the various contexts of indigenous peoples in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Youthspeak: Vilifying peoples orgs in the ROTC

Part of the military training given to cadets of the Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is being abreast to concerns to national security, and in turn knowing the enemies of the state. The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its respective political and armed wing – the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) – is an established adversary of the government’s Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The two parties has been at war for 48 years and counting, with neither camp showing signs of defeat.

Tanglag stories of courage: Seeds of hope (2/2)

Manuel Elizalde Jr. still rings a bell among the I-Tanglag as he was the (in)famous personality representing the Presidential Arm for National Minorities (PANAMIN) who went to their village professing that PANAMIN will help them progress.

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.

As The Bamboos Sway: Easter, Christ, Christians, and the Commie Pope

The current supreme head of the Catholics, Pope Francis had said “It has been said many times and my response has always been that, if anything, it is the communists who think like Christians. Christ spoke of a society where the poor, the weak and the marginalized have the right to decide. Not demagogues, not Barabbas, but the people, the poor, whether they have faith in a transcendent God or not. It is they who must help to achieve equality and freedom”.