NSPC: Four Persevering Years in the Making

Cookery, housekeeping, ICT or drafting? When I was in Grade 9, I didn’t see myself in these elective classes so I enlisted in Journalism. It was a spontaneous decision. Years later, I would find myself competing in the Olympics of Campus Journalism — the National Schools Press Conference (NSPC). Despite the COVID-19 scare, I recently…

Farewell, Unang Hirit — and Thank You

“Do you want to try Unang Hirit?” This is the question I will never forget, because it started my career, for which I will be forever grateful. It was back in July 2016 when I was asked that fateful question by one of my bosses. I was working then as producer for Balitanghali when his…

The Dangerous Life of a Rohingya Refugee

I’ve been living in Bangladesh since 11 September 2017 – I remember the exact date we arrived. I fled with my wife and four children from Myanmar. We were always threatened in Rakhine. Compared to Myanmar, Bangladesh still feels like paradise. But the conditions here are inhumane. You have to stay in a small room,…

Tuberculosis: Beyond Drug Resistant Bacteria

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…

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…

Manila’s Downtown Cinemas: Flicks and Memories

What was once a beacon of vibrant, colorful, and glamorous entertainment is now a forgotten, struggling and lonely place. Downtown Manila has been known as a center of educational and commercial activities. Movie houses were very prominent as early as 1930s with the screening of local films. First-run theaters such as Times, Dilson, Roben, Vista…

Wheel of Fate: A Short Film about Police Torture

At a secret detention facility, a criminal suspect learns that some games should never be played. #HumanRights #PoliceTorture [Entry 266, The SubSelfie Blog] About the Filmmaker: By day, Emannuel Escalona Jr. is a humble wedding videographer for Pixelfish Concept, taking accounts on conceptualizations, shoots and editing wedding videos. By night, he takes the cape of…

25

At 8 years old, it was easier to be 25. For career day, your teacher asked you to dress up like your hero. You grabbed a white coat and put it over your little shoulders, and just like that, you were a doctor. But being 8 was hard when you were 8. You didn’t know it…