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.
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”.
Democracy is not something that popped out of thin air. The concept and practice of democracy evolved and continues to progress through social processes. While the development of the concept comes naturally with the advancement of human society, the contents and benefits of democracy are not readily available. The people can only claim the space for participation, criticism, and dissent it provides through organized assertion and ardent struggle.
April 24 remains a historic and significant date for the Cordillera peoples. It was in the evening of this day in 1980 when soldiers belonging to the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division, under Lt. Leodegario Adalem, fired at two houses in the village of Bugnay, Tinglayan, Kalinga.
Finally, spirituality for mission will also require us to realize God’s abiding presence. When Moses said to God, “I am nobody, how can I go to the King of Egypt and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” God answered him saying, “I will be with you “. When Jesus Christ our Lord gave the Great Commission to his disciples, he also concluded saying, “I will be with you always to the end of the age” (Mt.28: 16-20).
Barangay Buanao in Malibcong town of the province of Abra was recently shaken by a bombing run by the AFP and on going military operation since March 14, 2017.
MALIBCONG, Abra — The barangay council of Buanao village in Malibcong town of Abra province expressed support to the continuation of the peace negotiations between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and called for a ceasefire declaration.
MALIBCONG, Abra — Isabel Saboy, 58 is a widow with seven children. She took on the task of providing for five of her children since her husband died in 2016 due to sickness. She said her two older children already have their own families to take care of.
MALIBCONG, Abra — The Peace Mission in Malibcong, Abra despite attempts of soldiers of the 24th IB of the Philippine Army to block the team from holding community meetings.
BAUANG, La Union — Napasamak ti maudi a public hearing ti panangapruba iti Municipal Ordinance a panangipatakder iti Marine Sanctuary wenno Marine Protected Area (MPA) iti Bauang, La Union. Kontra ditoy nga ordinasa ti Timek ken Namnama dagiti Babassit a Mangngalap ti La Union (Timek-LU).
Abused, tortured, discriminated, divided but never broken. Their collective strength was tempered by the never ending turmoil since Martial Law. Their political resolve grows sharper through time.
BAGUIO CITY — Conservation of Cordilleran culture does not only involve preservation of artifacts. Much must be focused on efforts for raising awareness on the culture and understanding it in-depth. One way of doing such is experiential learning.