“Bury Caesar”

Editor’s Note: This is a direct reply to a recently published article of SubSelfie.com entitled A Hero’s Burial? Dear Alaysa, I read your article detailing the events of how your family ‘suffered’ under Martial Law. It would be preposterous if I say ‘I feel your pain’ and that whatever ‘injustice’ was done is too trivial. I…

A Hero’s Burial?

The incoming president, Rodrigo Duterte, tells us that for those who suffered abuses during Martial Law: “It’s just a matter of distributing the award. So anong problema? Patay na ‘yung tao.” (So what’s the problem? The person is dead.) Well you see, Mr. President-elect, my late granduncle Dr. Johnny Escandor died under the dictatorship — his…

Isang Bukas na Liham para sa Ika-16 na Pangulo ng Pilipinas

Magandang araw! Mainit na pagbati po sa naging tagumpay ninyo sa nakaraang halalan at matapos ang siyamnapung araw ng isa na marahil sa pinakamapanghating eleksyon sa ating kasaysayan! Ngayong tapos na ang bangayan at pagtatalo ng magkakalabang kampo, panahon na po marahil para simulan nang linisin ang putik at duming itinapon ninyong lahat sa panahon…

Bata, Balota, Meron Bang Magagawa?

Ilang araw na lang bago ang halalan at haharap na naman ang mga Pilipino sa papel na magtatakda ng kandidatong maaaring mag-ahon o maglugmok sa kanila sa kahirapan. Bilang isang kabataang hindi pa maaaring bumoto, batid ko ang problema at sakit ng aking bansa. Batid ko ang kahirapan at walang katapusang korapsyon sa aking bayan….

Agriculture: What Do the Presidentiables Have to Say?

If you ate today, thank a farmer. Food is crucial for survival, and yet, the agriculture sector remains the second poorest sector in the Philippines, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority. We are dubbed as an agricultural country, blessed with water teeming with fish, thick forest for vegetation, and hectares of land that extend from…

Less Is More: The True Value of Vote-Poor Places Like Batanes

In a faraway province in the northernmost parts of the Philippines, Ryan Cardona is excited for the month of May. The clear blue skies, pristine waters of the Pacific, and the warm winds from the ocean during this month are all good signs for his business. Ryan works as a tourism officer in Batanes, ushering…