Archive for September, 2011

Revisiting the almost forgotten

VERA Files first photobook,”Silenced: Extrajudicial killings and torture in the Philippines,” is an example of the power of images and words combined. Launched yesterday, the book is a collection of images of human rights victims as sensitively captured by the talented Mario Ignacio IV. “The two young daughters of a women’s rights advocate try to […]

September 30, 2011  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Human Rights, Vera Files  16 Comments

In the aftermath of “Pedring”

The world is filled with stories of opportunities resulting from adversities. There is one report that gives me hope Manila’s landscape would improve after the destruction caused by Pedring. A Facebook entry mentioned that many of those ugly, multi-colored lamps along Roxas Blvd have been destroyed. That means, the city government would be allotting millions […]

September 28, 2011  Tags:   Posted in: Malaya  51 Comments

Buko talk

Much as I’d like to join in the excitement of President Aquino over the interest of American businessmen in coconut water or buko juice, I have my reservations. Upon his arrival from the United States, where he attended the official launch of the Open Government Partnership in New York – an initiative by US President […]

September 26, 2011  Tags:   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Malaya  459 Comments

‘Kung nahuli mo ang karelasyon mo na nagtataksil sayo, saang SM branch mo sya babarilin, and why?’

Nilagay ni Joey Reyes, direktor ng pelikula, sa kanyang Facebook wall ang natanggap niyang text tungkol sa magkasunod na barilan sa magkaibang branch ng SM at patok na patok. Ang daming nag-repost. Ito ang nasa FB status ni Direk Joey:”Miss Universe question: Kung nahuli mo ang karelasyon mo na nagtataksil sayo, Saang SM Branch mo […]

September 25, 2011  Tags:   Posted in: Peace and Order  29 Comments

Presence of mind

My sharing of my experience as a victim of snatching last month elicited amusing ways to deal with the petty crime which is alarming in the boldness of the criminals. They choose no time and it seems they are everywhere. My earrings were snatched by a woman, in her thirties, who held my ears hard […]

September 22, 2011  Tags: ,   Posted in: Peace and Order  13 Comments

An afternoon of Laughter Yoga

I came across two articles on the benefits of laughter last week. One was through e-mail about a study conducted by the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine which was presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Paris last August 28. The article written by Rick Nauert PhD, senior news editor of, […]

September 19, 2011  Tags:   Posted in: Health, Malaya, Science  37 Comments

Minsan lumalabas ang katotohanan sa bibig ng sinungaling

Hindi natuwa si Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile at Sen, Jinggoy Estrada sa pasirko-sirko ni Judge Nagamura Moner ng Shariah Court tungkol sa kanyang papel sa dayaan noong 2004 eleksyun. Noong 2005 kasi, na-interview ng Probe TV ni Cheche Lazaro si Moner at marami siyang kuwento tungkol sa ginawa niyang pandaraya sa 2004 na eleksyun sa […]

September 18, 2011  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2004 elections, Abante, Philippine National Police, Senate  3 Comments

Tatlong salita lang –solb na!

Dennis Garcia writes for Abante every Friday. Enjoy ako sa kanyang column tungkol kay Manny Pacquiao. Minsan nanggigigil ako sa pangulo natin. Pagka’t, tapos ng isang taon, wala pa ring sinasampulan at pinakukulong. Nanggigil pagka’t hinahayaang manggulo ang mga illegal settlers. Hinahayaang lumaganap ang mga salot tulad ng “Bukas Taxi Boys”. Nanggigigil pagka’t nagtiyatiyaga sa […]

September 17, 2011  Tags:   Posted in: Politics  23 Comments

Former Abra municipal officer takes on the powerful Luna family

One brave soul has mustered the courage to bring the powerful Luna family to court. Bernadine S. Joson, concurrent secretary to the Sangguniang Bayan of Lagayan, Abra and until recently municipal planning and development coordinator, filed before the Ombudsman charges of plunder, graft and corruption, technical malversation, unethical conduct, and violation of the government procurement […]

September 17, 2011  Tags: ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption, Local government  43 Comments

Azkals play to kick breast cancer

All the more that I love the Azkals. Not only have they brought honor to the country and revitalized football in the Philippines without depending so much on the government, we are about to experience their concern for others. On the third week of this month, there will be a 3-team friendly soccer tournament at […]

September 13, 2011  Tags: ,   Posted in: Health, Sports  9 Comments