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Trolls and Duterte’s Promise of bringing OFWs Home

With the GDP of the Philippines steadily plummeting but the remittances increasing every year, one wonders who else the OFWs are providing for. One has to wonder how Digong could afford a jet that is worth billions – without any visible improvement in income generating industries in the Philippines.

Englishized Dal-lit Moments

In this issue, I’ll try Dal-lit
Ilocano kind of writing,
four lines, each with eight syllables
to convey matters worth saying.

Wordsmithing as a Hobby and Lending a Voice

I don’t really recall when exactly my embryonic tendency to write started to develop. I just know that I believe I was in Grade III, when a teacher named Miss Lasquite praised my opening lines for an essay we had to write on How I spent my Summer Vacation. While most of my classmates started with different shades of ‘Last Summer…,’ mine was ‘The sand was burning under my feet but the lapping waves mercifully drenched them for comfort…’ This lady teacher did not know how that praise still reverberates in my mind till today.

Pagtaengan wenno pagnaedan?

Adu dagiti mabuybuya iti telebisyon nga itsura ti urban poor iti Manila ngem para ken ni Dandan daytoy ti umuna a gundaway a makakita ti balay dagiti pudpudno a nakukurapay nga umili iti syudad. Dagiti barung-barung a naaramid babaen iti pinagsisilpo a sim (yero), karkarton ken no ania pay ti mabalin nga isilpo tapno maaramid laeng a pagnaedan.

Shades of Martial Law’s naked truth

The Marcoses were never tired or lazy and have always defended themselves. They also, unfortunately, still have a considerable following, and, with the fortune, they still have not returned to the coffers, still are able to oil political machinery that could corrupt officials to make decisions favorable for their whims and caprices.

Repinking my toes and snuffing smoking

Then two months ago, I woke up with an inch-long open wound on the top side of my right foot. I don’t remember having bumped on anything and the tongue of my shoe did not show any sharpness that could cause any abrasions. The wound was just there, gaping at me. When I showed it to my wife, she tried to be calm, but I could feel the horror she was having. I got scared.

The Tortoise, Hare and Monkey – A Tot’s version

Most of us are familiar with the stories of The Hare and the Tortoise; and The Monkey, Turtle and the Banana Tree. From each, in their simplicity, we draw lessons against laziness and its consequences, of being slow but deliberate and its rewards, and being critical in making decisions where the obvious is not always the correct way to go (where ‘Tuso man daw ang matsing, napaglalangan din’ – A monkey maybe shrewd but could also be outsmarted).

An open letter to the wife, family, and friends of Brandon Lee

AFP has the strongest motive. Years before the incident, Brandon and his colleagues were already in danger from frequent threats of the AFP. Threats directed against indigenous people’s rights defenders that continue their advocacy for the rights of the people of Ifugao.

A theology of miracles

“You ask me for a miracle?  No!  The only miracle you will be given is the miracle of Jonah”- Matthew 16:4

Duterte and Bato’s downfall are already set in ‘bato’

If Digong, Bato, and their cohorts want peace and the students to be disciplined, all they have to do is learn from the downfall of Diem. Easier that done and out of their character, Digong, with his henchmen, should fulfill his campaign promises: eradicate corruption, institute land reform, industrialize the nation, shoo foreign domination, stop the drug lords, remove contractualization or ENDO, protect the environment.

A theology of heroism and martyrdom

“The thief comes only in order to steal, kill, and destroy.  I have come in order that you might have life – life in all its fullness.” – John 10:10