An Igorot activist, labeled by the Philippine government as “terrorist”, is the first Filipino to receive the prestigious Gwangju Prize for Human Rights for defending human rights and promoting democracy from the May 18 Memorial Foundation.
Journalists in the City of Pines honored Kathleen T. Okubo, the editor-in-chief of Northern Dispatch (Nordis) Weekly, as one of the 12 Most Outstanding Senior Citizens of Baguio City and the Province of Benguet in the field of journalism.
One of this year’s seven Bantayog ng mga Bayani honorees, Alfredo Celi Cezar, Jr., an ordained deacon and teacher, did more than joining the parliament of the streets. The namesake of the New People’s Army’s provincial command in Ilocos Sur, joined the list of Martial Law heroes and martyrs in the Wall of Memorial.
After Typhoon Ompong, news on the tragic landslide, the relief and assistance from government and private institutions and the DENR’s closure order field the the airwaves. Two months after the disaster, the people of Itogon continue to face the hardships brought not only by Ompong but by the national government’s lack of comprehensive action to resolve the people’s safety and economic wellbeing. These are some of their day-to-day struggles to survive that remain unknown to the public.
The resolution mentioned that Joan Carling won the award “for her work as one of the world’s most prominent defenders of environmental and indigenous rights”.
BAGUIO CITY — An activist with an unwavering commitment to defend indigenous peoples’ rights who has been labelled by the Rodrigo Duterte administration as a terrorist, is given a lifetime achievement award by the United Nations.
BAGUIO CITY — Bishop Emeritus Juan Marigza of the United Church of Christ of the Philippines (UCCP), a vocal critic of dictator Ferdinand Marcos and staunch human rights defender, was laid to rest on September 12 in his hometown Aringay, in La Union province.
BAGUIO CITY — Guava is known to be a rich source of vitamin C and a potent antiseptic. Patani on the other hand is rich in protein. But what is not known to many, extracts from these plants were also among those used for mummification in ancient Cordillera.
BAGUIO CITY — The Baguio Filipino-Chinese Community and the Baguio Museum will hold the 1st Baguio Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival on Sept. 22, 5-9 p.m. at the Baguio Museum, Gov. Pack Road.
A few days from this writing (September 11) we are already counting 10 years since the abduction of Cordillera activist James Balao on September 17, 2008. We are also counting 10 years of injustice for James, his family, his clan, the Cordillera communities he served and his organisation, the Cordillera Peoples Alliance, of which he was a pioneer.
Many of his children in the faith would fondly call him “Papa Bishop”, but I would like to remember him as a good pastor and a true prophet of God. The entire ecumenical world is deeply mourning the passing on of Bishop Emeritus Juan A. Marigza last September 6, 2018 at the age of 89. He had been in the Christian ministry for the past 61 years! But it is not just the long years he had been in the ministry that matters, but the kind of life that he lived to the full as a faithful servant of God.
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan — “Kung magnanakaw ako magnanakaw tayong lahat!” Ito ang mga salitang binigkas ni Cagayan Provincial Governor Manuel Mamba sa harap ng mga empleyado ng Provincial Capitol noong ika-3 ng September, Lunes dito sa gitna ng flag ceremony.