KAMPONG CHAM, CAMBODIA — Hun Heang and his six siblings were born and raised into farming. They inherited the half-hectare land of their parents in Kang Meas district, Kampong Cham province, Cambodia. He was seven years old when he learned how to plant rice. Life was easy then, according to Hun. But as years went by, farming…
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The Start of My Vegetarianism
It was a scorchingly hot Wednesday in April four years ago. Val (may his soul be in peace) and I had just finished having lunch at the monastery after a morning of meditation and Buddhist lecture. I vividly remember wearing an overused white cotton t-shirt to offset the sweltering heat, along with a favorite pair of…
When the Farmers Are Starving
They are farmers, making up more than 75% of the country’s 100 million population. But there they were, begging the government for rice that they have worked so hard for.
Paris Agreement: What We Need to Know
With updates from Bam Alegre Finally after weeks of discussion in Paris and decades of international disagreements, representatives from 195 nations have created the Paris Agreement at the United Nations climate change talks in France. This agreement is historic because it is universal — all developed and developing countries will follow its rules and regulations….
The Road to Paris: Dingdong Dantes and A.G. Sano
Mention Paris, France and most people will think about the recent terror attacks that dominated global headlines and social media timelines a few weeks ago. But Paris is now tackling a larger terror that also requires the attention of the entire world: climate change and how it can cause a literal hell on Earth if…
#COP21: The Glamorous Paris Talks and the Suffering of Filipinos
This is a story of two very different people, bound by an issue that will bring together 147 world leaders in Paris, France — climate change. Paris, France Former Philippine Climate Change Commissioner Yeb Saño is in Paris now, having spent the last six months on a pilgrimage that started out in Tacloban and across…
Ocean Deep: How Badly Are We Losing Aquatic Resources?
Find out why this ‘SEAtizen’ of the Philippines fears not life in the ocean, but the possibility of losing it.
Notes from the Arctic
A Filipino environmentalist joins the campaign against oil explorations in the Arctic region amid its alarming rate of melting due to climate change.
How Sendai Recovered from the 2011 Tsunami
In 2011, a catastrophic tsunami ravaged Sendai, Japan resulting to thousands of casualties. TV producer George Gamayo revisits one of the worst hit areas in this article.
Why Manila Is Better than London
My editor asked this question right after I went back to work: “Bakit umuwi ka pa? (Why would you want to return?)” The Executive Producer of a morning newscast asked me the same, with additional input: “Something is very wrong with you.” This was not the first time I heard these remarks. I have just returned from a two-week vacation…
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