Pamana ng mga Lola

Maalinsangang Sabado ng hapon, at malayu-layo ang nilakbay ng isang grupo ng mga babae mula sa Candaba, Pampanga. Suot ng mga Lola ang mga bulaklaking ternong wari’y naghuhudyat ng panibagong tagsibol, ng bagong pag-asa sa kabila ng madilim at malungkot nilang nakaraan bilang comfort women. Dala marahil ng edad at sampu ng marami nilang kasamang inagaw…

‘Huling Habilin’ of ‘Comfort Women’ for Duterte

Saturday, March 3, passed quietly without fanfare. But it is an important day in history. March 3, 1945 marked the end of the Battle of Manila to liberate the Philippines after three years of Japanese aggression. It is widely considered as one of the greatest tragedies of the Second World War where 100,000 men, women,…

8 Things I Learned in Kansai

Here are a few things worth noting when visiting what is dubbed to be the cultural and historical heart of Japan that is the Kansai region.

Freelance: The Price of Freedom

I am writing this piece with a Post-It note of my backlogs: a research proposal, three science articles, and two pitches. Not to mention my piles of papers to check (including a thesis draft) as a part-time lecturer in a university. Freelancing doesn’t sound so free after all. I decided to go completely freelance on January…

How Sendai Recovered from the 2011 Tsunami by George Gamayo

Four years ago, a catastrophic tsunami ravaged Sendai, Japan resulting to thousands of casualties. Before the tragedy, it was a lively fishery port with 7,000 residents. One of whom is Noriko Kikuchi who lived in Yuriage, Natori City, one of the worst hit areas. As we walked through the wrecked community, Noriko unveiled her stories….

Lupang Tinubuan

Ang Pilipinas, may mahigit pitong libong isla. Maraming beach (at, oo, pati bitch). Pero ang mas inaasahan at pinagkakakitaan, mga lupang sakahan at mga dagat na pangisdaan. Dalawa sa bawat limang manggagawang Pilipino, nasa agrikultura. Dalawang piso sa bawat sampung piso ng Gross Domestic Product, mula sa sektor na ito. Kung isasama pa ang mga industriyang upstream at downstream, halos…