Presstitutes?

It’s easy to ditch the media, if you think the institution is biased, corrupt and useless. Regardless of whatever pushes you to make such sweeping generalizations, you can just stop watching, reading, and consuming right now. But you won’t. Because whether you like it or not, the media is just as important as you are…

“Bias”

Kababasa ko lang sa isang Facebook thread — gago raw ang media. Biased daw. Paano? We feed you quality shows, and then what? Wala masyadong nanonood. The ratings, likes and shares show. Mas gusto niyong pagpiyestahan ang mga teleserye tungkol sa mga kabit at teenybopper, mga personal na buhay ng mga celebrity at opisyal ng gobyerno, at mga…

Nanlaban

Ang dali. Ang daling sabihin: “Eh kung ‘di naman kasi sila tamad, kung nagpursige ba sila sa pag-aaral. Kung ‘di sila nag-anak ng apat, anim, siyam. Kung ‘di na lang sila umalis sa probinsya para maghanap ng trabaho sa Maynila. Kung tumanggi sila. Kung ‘di sila adik. Kung ‘di sila tulak.” Ang daling sabihin kasi…

Their Last Moments on Earth

After dusk, when darkness sprawls over the metro — thieves, murderers and drug personalities find their most opportune time to do business. And where these hooligans leave a bloody mess, that’s where my duty as a graveyard reporter begins. The dirty job takes some getting used to. But I’ve never thought that my graveyard shift will…

Her New “Kid”

She never saw it coming. It was like an undetected IED (improvised explosive device) that exploded and shattered her life into tiny pieces. She had to endure those four long hours of hemodialysis in a dialysis center in Scout Gandia. Sometimes, she would suffer from hypotension, (a low blood pressure such as 90/60), and so,…

Online Harassment: Dawn of Justice

Editor’s Note: This is the sequel to Tricia’s article: The Best Defenses v Online Harassment I was attentively observing in the mirror what the guy was doing behind me. My mind raced to recall self-defense moves from Mr. Miyagi and Mr. Han of Karate Kid movies as I remembered a number of rape cases that…

Ethics and Biases: A Post-Mortem of Philippine Media During the 2016 Elections

The votes have been cast. The mudslinging has ended. And while Filipinos are anticipating the dawn of Duterte’s presidency, this may be a good time to reflect on how the media fulfilled their roles in covering the 2016 presidential elections. Journalists who covered the elections and communication professionals who observed from the sidelines took time to step…

Courageous Hands by Vonne Aquino

Makulay at mahiwaga ang mga bagay sa paningin ng mga bata. Ganito ko maisasalarawan ang pagkakaalala ko sa musmos kong kaisipan. Kaya naman kapag nakakakita ako ng mga bata, naiisip kong kay sarap bumalik sa mga panahong totoo pa si Santa Claus at nakakalipad ang mga usa. Kamakailan, naging istorya ko ang pag-uwi sa Pilipinas ng mga…

Sa Ulo ng Nagbabagang Balita

Waring nagbibiro lamang ang tadhana nang magkakasunod na pagkilala ang inilabas ng korte at mga ahensya sa mga karapatan ng mga manggagawa sa media. Ngunit di gaya ng bungang-kahoy na pinahinog ng tubig at araw, kinailangan pang ikalburo ng ilang manggagawa sa media ang mga pagkakataon nang sa gayo’y mahinog ito nang tuluyan. Sa madaling…

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…