Tuberculosis: Beyond Hospitals and Towards a More Effective Patient Care

Inaccessibility to treatment and drug resistant bacteria are not the only factors that make tuberculosis challenging to address. This is what I’ve learned when I was deployed in 2017 to Zhytomyr Region, Ukraine as Project Medical Referent for Doctors Without Borders or Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). Zhytomyr is one of the regions in Ukraine with…

Living as a Millennial Bipolar Warrior

Have you ever felt like two mad wolves were inside of you on a seesaw? One day you could be full of energy and optimism, feeling invincible. Then another day, you could be so down, cynical, and sluggish and could barely get out of bed. That is my life. In my highs, I would do…

Skinned Injustice: Christine Silawan, Rest in Peace

It was a viral news story that gripped the entire nation. Last March 12, the authorities discovered the corpse of 16 year old Christine Lee Silawan in a vacant lot in Sitio Mahayahay, Barangay Bangkal, Lapu-Lapu, City Cebu. Her undergarments were missing. She had around thirty stab wounds. Half of her face has been skinned….

A Filipina in the Time of Walang Ligo

What a bad time to have your monthly period. As a woman implored on a live television interview recently: Maawa sila sa’min. Ano, magbabahuan na ang mga kipay namin? Gan’un na lang? Is self-care a luxury nowadays? Should I feel guilty washing my pasador? Should I revert to sanitary pads for now? What about the…

Pamana ng mga Lola

Maalinsangang Sabado ng hapon, at malayu-layo ang nilakbay ng isang grupo ng mga babae mula sa Candaba, Pampanga. Suot ng mga Lola ang mga bulaklaking ternong wari’y naghuhudyat ng panibagong tagsibol, ng bagong pag-asa sa kabila ng madilim at malungkot nilang nakaraan bilang comfort women. Dala marahil ng edad at sampu ng marami nilang kasamang inagaw…

Balance that Works: The Fallacy of Work-Life Balance

Two years ago, I wrote an article for SubSelfie.com entitled False Balance in Journalism. It points out how journalists commit false balance by giving equal space or equal exposure to at least two conflicting sides of a story, even when one side is an utter lie (has no basis in science, history, or human experience),…

Inside a Refugee Camp

Filipinos are among the minorities living in deplorable conditions in one of the oldest refugee camps in Lebanon set-up in 1949: the Shatila camp. The vulnerable population, mostly comprised of Syrian and Palestinian refugees, suffers less from the acute trauma of war than from shifts in family dynamics and relationships caused by displacement. To address…

A Bangsamoro Millennial’s Reflections on the Plebiscite

The campaign period for the BOL (Bangsamoro Organic Law) Plebiscite has a lot of twists and turns for us. If I were to summarize some of the lessons I learned during the campaign period, it would be the following: 1. ‘What Works’ Overrides ‘What’s Right’  We may have an ideal way of persuading the public…

Why I Left My Job as a TV News Reporter in a Popular Network

It’s not the pay. To be honest, it’s the pay that had held me back. For years, I postponed any pursuit of relatable opportunities because of bonuses and pay raise that were at stake. Bills and payables were also powerful grounding forces. Then one day, everything imploded into a thought: kung puro pera at bayarin…

Mula sa Buwan’s #HulingLipad: Wounds Cut Anew

Raw, vivid and emotionally haunting—that was how I felt when I first saw Pat Valera and William Manzano’s Mula sa Buwan two years ago. This majestic Filipino Zarsuela was an adaptation of Edmund’s Rostand’s timeless piece, Cyrano de Bergerac but instead of 17th century France as its setting, the play brought us to Manila during the 1940s…

The Reason for Frat-Related Violence Could Be You

By all means, rage against the corrupt, elitist, mysoginistic, padrino system-loving culture of fraternities — but please do not forget to check on the company you keep. This culture of toxic masculinity is alive and well because it feeds off from our own inaction, our being complicit, if only because we refrain or refuse to…