What has become of celebrating the beauty of flowers and the city? Is it now devoured by the beast of over commercialization? And local bureaucrat capitalists.
At several points in Ka Angie’s talk in the book launch of Bungkalan last Monday, I felt transported to my college years of EDs (educational discussions) and the sense of amazement that goes with it. This amazement has at least two sources.
I cannot get over the feeling that I missed being within a nodal point of Philippine history – that of being amidst the sea of people at EDSA that faced tanks with bare bodies; gave flowers to soldiers vent to shoot them if ordered to; prayed the rosary in front of phalanx of soldiers ready to pounce on them, and millions more from walks of life of lower strata from those being shooed out of Malacañang – Yes, I missed being in that February 22-25, 1986 episode when the murdering thief dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos and his family had to flee from the wrath of People’s Power, news headlined across nations as the Peaceful “revolution that surprised the world.”
Indigenous Peoples’ youth clothed in their Indigenous attire beat a traditional rhythm on Cordillera gongs as Supreme Court Justice, Maria Lourdes Sereno entered the University of Baguio Cardinal’s gymnasium. Legal luminaries from all over Cordillera stood and welcomed Sereno with applause and smiles along with cheers from the College of law students and other youth; along with Non-government representatives. The din of applause and cheers momentarily halted when UB BIBAK Alumni, Gary Donggayao, purified the gymnasium with an indigenous prayer, an “Ugayam”.
February 24, the anniversary of the EDSA Revolution where Baguio City’s people power had a role 32 years ago, coincided with the Panagbenga Flower Festival parade this year. Let’s talk of grand display of creativity and Baguio’s flower power. Let’s talk about a monumental irony – that jarring spectacle of the Marcos siblings Bongbong and Imee flaunting their presence and political agenda.
March 8 of every year, International women’s day is celebrated by women all over the world. The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day during the promulgation of International Women’s Year in 1975. By 1977, the United Nations General Assembly called on its member states to declare March 8 as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace. For the UN and member states, this day marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
Ub-ubbo is a traditional Ifugao practice to strengthen the unity of women by helping each other. This practice should be nurtured and valued. However, it has eroded mostly due to the cash economy. It is not just the cash economy that has hurt Ifugaos, national policies and programs have adversely impacted their lives. Recently, women came together to listen, understand and each attested to the worsening plight in Ifugao.
We are all gathered here today for this initial consultation to look into the mission and ministry of lawyers in the church. Our gathering today is founded on a firm conviction that there must a big difference between Christian lawyers and lawyers in general. For Christian lawyers, law practice is not simply a profession, a means to earn a living. But rather it is a vocation, a calling from God.
Inday Espina-Varona talks on the Charter Change of Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte during a forum last February 23, 2018. Baguio City, Philippines.
BAGUIO CITY — February 23 marked the 32nd anniversary of the historic People Power uprising in 1986 which toppled a dictator. Now, in 2018, people from different sectors, mostly from the youth have put it upon themselves to work for the downfall of another tyrant because as they say: “dictators fall.”
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan — Hinuli si Kevin Nilo, isang magsasaka, sa kanilang bahay sa Sitio Anuhan, Brgy. Jose Ancheta, Maddela Quirino, umaga noong ika-15 ng Pebrero, ng isang sanib-pwersang yunit sa ilalim ng 5th Infantry Division na binubuo ng PNP Regional Office 2 (PRO2), Quirino Provincial Police Office, CIDG at AFP-PNP Intelligence Units.
BAGUIO CITY — Tackling issues on press freedom and “fake news”, a group of nationalist artists and writers, held a forum February 22, at the University of the Philippines Baguio.