Butterfly Baby

This is Butterfly Baby, a documentary film produced by SubSelfie.com author Edma Remillano about the rare Butterfly Disease. Text by Lian Nami Buan Jhon Ruiz is five years old. But he looks small. At first glance you would guess maybe he’s two years old. He is also covered from head to toe with wounds. His mother Ayra…

When the Farmers Are Starving

Nobody takes to the streets on a whim. The scorching heat of the sun hit hard on their faces. They had been protesting for three days in Kidapawan City, Cotabato. They were hungry and desperate. Their families back home are waiting for their return, hoping that along with them is even a meager amount of…

What’s Next for Mary Jane Veloso?

Editor’s Note: We will continuously provide updates about the case of Mary Jane Veloso so that even though she fades away from the limelight of mainstream media, her quiet fight for justice will continue. She has been spared from execution. But she is still behind bars, far away from her family. The death sentence will still…

The Life of TV Network Talents

Pursuing one’s passion while being paid is a blessing. Journalism is a craft I love and I am fortunate to work for one of the largest TV networks in the Philippines. In fact, I have spent all my working years here. But in an instant, the very life I have learned to love may become…

Desaparecidos: The Effects of Their Mysterious Abductions

Desaparecidos are people who vanished without a trace and against their will. The term has roots in Latin America to describe a person who has been secretly imprisoned or killed during a government’s program of political suppression. These abductions happen in the Philippines too. The Philippine Constitution guarantees protection against enforced disappearances. Any arrest or detention needs…

Travel Virgin: Lessons from Indochina

It was terrifying and exciting. For the first time in my life, I traveled abroad. Everything was new. Every experience was something to look forward to. I didn’t have to think about writing news stories, checking scripts or going live in a couple of hours. All I had to worry about was my outfit for…

Tibak: Confessions of a College Activist

My mom reminded me not to be an activist when I passed the UPCAT. I was finally going to be an Iska (Iskolar ng Bayan). Of course I said yes like an obedient daughter. What did I know? But well, I immediately got involved in activities that brought me to the path of a true blue “tibak.” Or shall…

LGBT Pride: A Constant Struggle

It’s a choice. And yes, it’s a tough one. Deviating from what society deems as normal will always be a difficult call. That is why independent artists struggle, why the alternative media works twice as hard to create buzz, and why up until this modern age and time (while post-modern ideas abound), the LGBT community…