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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.

Live out the courage of Kalinga heroes

The Cordillera peoples mass movement led by the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) unveils the heroes and martyrs’ marker on April 23, 2017 in Bugnay, Tinglayan, Kalinga despite the blatant moves of the Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army (CPLA) to sabotage the installation. Leaders of the community and relatives of the heroes namely, Macliing Dulag, Lumbaya Gayudan, and Pedro Dungoc Sr. stood their ground and constructed the long awaited monument to commemorate the three warriors.

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.

Tanglag women, the heart of rural development

LUBUAGAN, Kalinga — In a village along the Chico river bank in Kalinga, villagers have a story they tell with high pride that highlights the crucial role of their women in the concrete development of their former subsistence economy.

Statements: Drop the trumped up cases filed vs Igorot activist Sarah Abellon-Alikes

Sarah is a pioneer of the Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) and has dedicated most of her life to organizing indigenous communities for the protection of our ancestral lands and the environment against destructive projects, such as large mines and dams. She has also been delivering development services to marginalized communities not only in the Cordillera but the whole of Northern Luzon as a member of the Board of Directors of the Regional Development Center – Katinnulong dagiti Umili ti Amianan (RDC-Kaduami).

From Under This Hat: Ibaloy Day on its 8th year

Ibaloy Day on its 8th year starts with the call, “Pansigshan pan-aatngan”, which is translated as “to work together for the benefit of all”. A call that has been articulated every generation since the colonial state has systematically divided the people to be able to take over their lands, gold mines, forests and culture.

As The Bamboos Sway: Yolanda, the singer

Since I met Yolanda ‘Yolly’ dela Torre in the late 1990’s and heard her sing, I have often wondered what would have happened to the likes of Nora Aunor, Vilma Santos and their later contemporaries if Yolly stayed in the Philippines with her then flourishing singing career.

Diaries From The Field: Stories of survival and resilience in Conner, Apayao

“We did not harvest a single grain, seed or fruit from our farm. Our kitchen roof was blown away. After December this year, we do not know where to get food. But we must continue living. During these difficult times, we must rely on ourselves and our community to overcome adversities. ” – Maria Galong, one of the survivors of Typhoon Lawin in Conner, Apayao.

Apayao people’s org renews commitment for rights

CONNER, Apayao — With the theme, Strengthen and consolidate SAPO to face the challenges of times and welfare of the people, at least 200 participants attended the 4th general assembly of the Save Apayao Peoples Organization (SAPO) held at the Barangay Hall of Malama, Conner, Apayao from December 2-3.

Weekly Reflections: When snakes will no longer be dangerous

Putting it simply, a real hero is one who lovingly and unselfishly giving his life in the service of others. A fake hero is one who pretends to be giving his life in the service of others, but in reality he is doing it to satisfy his own selfish interests.

Diaries From The Field: Memories under the moon

Growing up in the mountains, the moon cycle is one of the most awaited cycles. Aside from its agricultural importance, the changing size of the moon also signals the type of play we do at the grounds.