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As The Bamboos Sway: My first dance after Seminary life

As our Saint Louis University Boys High School (SLUBHS) Class ’68 Golden Reunion is approaching this January 26-28, 2018 in Baguio City, my mind is surging with many recollections that I find myself smiling with the thoughts even as I am typing this story.

Weekly Reflections: A Christmas and year-end message 2017

Year 2018 has come! Whenever another year comes, we always consider it a new year. And so, we greet each other, “Happy New Year!” But as we end one year after another it seems that the word new remains an unfulfilled dream. Things remain the same or even worse. The lives of ordinary people are not getting better, despite claims to the contrary. Prices of basic commodities are going up, while the value of human life is going down.

Joanna Cariño, an Ibaloi activist

A true-blue Baguio girl, Joanna is the second eldest of the eight children of Josefina Kintanar Cariño and Atty. Jose Cortes Cariño Jr. She is also among the direct descendants of Mateo and Bayosa Cariño of Kafagway, the traditional owners of Baguio City. Back in her days as a schoolgirl, she excelled academically while attending Baguio Central School and Baguio City National High School. A proud Ibaloi, it is participating in canaos during her childhood, she says, where she learned to dance tayao and ate demshang (roasted pork), pinuneg (blood sausage) and pising (boiled gabi stalks). She proudly wears the Ibaloi divit especially in protests. “We should wear our indigenous attire and dignity in struggle,” she says, amidst current criticism that indigenous attire should not be used in rallies.

From Under This Hat: Peace man!

It does not hurt to dream and look forward to the new year with high hopes but it does when we have to mourn the loss of a loved one or a friend. My late mother’s youngest sister, Rebecca or Ebek has decided to go last Friday evening, and it broke my heart because I knew very well I already missed her very much that angst may last a lifetime.

From Under This Hat: I am an activist

I participated in numerous fact-finding missions to many communities of Northern Luzon that were attacked in military operations that disregarded the lives of the community people. Restricting people in hamlets, encamping in their residences and schools, harassment and sowing terror among the people were the cases that we would document each time. Red-tagging, illegal arrests and fake or forcible surrender would also follow.

Mountain Province adopts Liza Maza

BONTOC, Mountain Province — Liza Maza, lead convenor of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), is now an adopted daughter of Mountain Province. She was named Kuliplipan.

LGBTs celebrate victories vs discrimination

BAGUIO CITY — The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community here welcomed the passage of an anti-discrimination ordinance and the progress made in passing its national equivalent, House Bill No. 4982, and called for a continuing education on gender equality in a program and in the pride parade on Sunday, December 3.

From Under This Hat: I am an activist

On this issue, we accommodate Sherry Mae Soledad’s article, a first person account of the widespread reality under the 16 month old dispensation of the present president of the Philippines.

Women’s Front: Binnadang keynote (2/2)

Irusrusuat ti nailian-demokratiko a tignayan ti pannakawayawaya ti babbai iti amin a porma ti panangidadanes ken panaggundaway ti tao iti tao. Adda nagdumaanna daytoy a women’s liberation movement iti burges peminismo a naggapu kadagiti Western nations iti ballasiw-taaw, nga addaan tendensya a mangpadakkel ti kontradiksyon iti baet it babbai ken lallaki.

Cordillera gives tribute to Mother Petra

BONTOC, Mountain Province – Women leaders gathered in Bontoc on September 30 to celebrate the life and struggle of 87-year old Chico Dam protest veteran, Petra Macli-ing. The activity was led by Innabuyog-Gabriela and its Mountain Province chapter, Binnadang.