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Poetry: Sana’y Magising kayo

Mantikang malansa
toyong nakakatoyo.
Sukang nakakasuka
ketsap na ‘alang pangarap.
Pambulag sa mata
pambusal sa tainga.
Pang-aliw sa bunganga
upang mga toto’y ‘di mag-alsa.

Makan a la Pinoy: Kabkab

Saan a kas ti pampanunotenyo, daytoy a kabkab ket saramsam a sitsaron a balanghoy (cassava crackers) dagiti Leyteño. Sitsaritsit wenno saritsit ti awagda idiay Davao del Sur, kiping idiay Camiguin, Misamis; burikit iti Zamboanga del Sur ken piking iti Palawan.

All That Fits: Identity and resistance

August 9, 2018. So we are standing under the rain in the middle of Malcolm Square, Baguio City. My feet and knees are starting to ache from the cold (kasi saanak nga naglana iti kadadaras ko a rumuar idi agsapa—sign of aging, no doubt) and I underestimated the rainfall, thus I neglected to bring my rubber boots. I try to be still under my umbrella to prevent more exposure to the rain, but it is inevitable when I applaud the speakers. Speakers whose messages and songs made me forget the cold and rain for a while by the urgency of their messages.

Bandillo: Test of sincerity

GRP-NDFP Peace Talks have bogged down indefinitely. Duterte and his generals would rant ad infinitum that the left is not sincere in entering into a peace agreement with the regime, ergo, it must be scuttled.

Statements: Journalism is not a crime

It is a dark time for democracy and freedom when journalists are treated as criminals – arrested, beaten up, threatened, charged and prevented from doing their work – as happened to our colleagues who covered the violent dispersal of striking workers of NutriAsia and their supporters in Marilao, Bulacan Monday afternoon, July 30.

Isardeng ti atake laban kadagiti nainsigudan a babbai!

Pablaak ti Innabuyog para iti Sangalubongan nga Aldaw dagiti Nainsigudan nga Umili

Kagiddan ti pananglagip tayo iti Sangalubongan nga Aldaw dagiti Nainsidugan nga Umili (International Day for the World’s Indigenous Peoples), kiddaw ti Innabuyog ti pannakaisardeng to amin a porma ti atake laban kadagiti nainsigudan a babbai iti Kordilyera ken iti intero a pagilian.

Statements: On Prof. Gill Boehringer

“The detention and imminent deportation of Professor Gill Boehringer to Australia proves yet again President Rodrigo Duterte’s intent to silence the voices of international human rights defenders for the Philippines”, said George Kotsakis, Chairperson of Migrante Australia.

Women’s Front: The embodiment of a frenzied Misogynist

MISOGYNY is defined by the Oxford dictionary as “dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women”. It is a word that aptly describes the persona of today’s president PRRD. President Duterte since his ascension to power never hid his hatred for women. Two years from the time he took over the presidency of this country, we are able to compile a number of his infamous statements, inexcusable behaviour and actions that undeniably characterizes him as a “bona fide” misogynist.

Weekly Reflections: Ate Henie: a servant of God and of the People

Many would call her Ate Henie, but she is more than an Ate to my wife Pearl and I; she is a mother to us in many ways than one. I was still a young seminary student at Union Theological Seminary (UTS) when I first met her. She was then serving as a Kindergarten Teacher in an early childhood school on campus.