Tiempo Muerto: Why Are Sugar Farmers Protesting?

Negros Occidental is the sugar bowl of the Philippines but why are sugar farm workers in the streets protesting? We are in what they call the “Tiempo Muerto” or the dead season, and sugar farm workers have no other means of livelihood meanwhile. They don’t own the lands they toil and because it’s the dead season,…

Who Run the Farm? Girls!

In the hottest place in the north of the Philippines, farms are drying up and animals are dying. Men are getting old, or sick, or too weak to till the land. Their able children, in the meantime, have no interest in farming, and instead want a better chance at life outside the province. But life…

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.

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…