Hello, Journalism, Goodbye

My journey in the humanitarian sector has ended. I am grateful for the fulfilling experiences I had at Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) – Hong Kong and the self-discoveries that convinced me to move forward. A path to coming full circle as a broadcast journalist emerged, and I have decided to take this road….

Tuberculosis: Beyond Drug Resistant Bacteria

Inaccessibility to treatment and drug resistant bacteria are not the only factors that make tuberculosis challenging to address. This is what I’ve learned when I was deployed in 2017 to Zhytomyr Region, Ukraine as Project Medical Referent for Doctors Without Borders or Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). Zhytomyr is one of the regions in Ukraine with…

Living as a Millennial Bipolar Warrior

Have you ever felt like two mad wolves were inside of you on a seesaw? One day you could be full of energy and optimism, feeling invincible. Then another day, you could be so down, cynical, and sluggish and could barely get out of bed. That is my life. In my highs, I would do…

A Filipina in the Time of Walang Ligo

We poke fun at people who skip baths, especially those not from our motherland. But for those who experienced water interruptions for more than a week, none of them found it funny.

Pamana ng mga Lola

Sa isang exhibit sa Ateneo De Manila University sa Quezon City, malinaw ang panawagan ng mga Lola sa mga Pilipinong kabataan—mga itinuturing na nilang mga apo—na muling buhayin ang tila nalimot at nabaon na ngunit wala pa ring resolusyong usapin sa Comfort Women.

Balance that Works: The Fallacy of Work-Life Balance

Two years ago, I wrote an article for SubSelfie.com entitled False Balance in Journalism. It points out how journalists commit false balance by giving equal space or equal exposure to at least two conflicting sides of a story, even when one side is an utter lie (has no basis in science, history, or human experience),…

Why I Left My Job as a TV News Reporter in a Popular Network

It’s not the pay. To be honest, it’s the pay that had held me back. For years, I postponed any pursuit of relatable opportunities because of bonuses and pay raise that were at stake. Bills and payables were also powerful grounding forces. Then one day, everything imploded into a thought: kung puro pera at bayarin…

Crossing Borders

“We meet people for a purpose, and it is up to us to define that purpose.”

Hagdan: A Docu Film on Drug Rehabilitation

The “war on drugs” forms a huge part of Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s government platform when he was elected as President in 2016. For the past two years, at least 4,814 deaths have already been recorded in police anti-drug operations—or an average of about six people killed every day. Human rights groups claim way 300% more,…

Bagani

Editor’s Note: This piece placed 1st in the Short Story Category of the 2016 Chronicle Literary Awards of Adamson University. While this is a work of fiction, some details are based on the experiences of a Martial law rape victim. Images used are from the film “Ang Mga Alingawngaw sa Panahon ng Pagpapasya” (Echoes in the…

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…

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…

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…

The Policies of the Presidentiables

Here is a summary of the major policy points mentioned by the candidates during the second and third legs of the Presidential Debates held in Cebu and Pangasinan respectively. The candidates are listed below according to the alphabetical order of their surnames. Because Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago was absent during the Cebu Debate, we included her positions…

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….

Minority Report: Where Is Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution Now?

September 28 marks the anniversary of the pro-democracy gatherings for genuine universal suffrage in Hong Kong at the Admiralty District (the compound of their government offices), Causeway Bay and Mong Kok. At exactly 5:58 pm in 2014, police hit young people with batons and fired tear gas canisters onto what was otherwise a peaceful protest. It…

Finding Peace in Zamboanga City

The plane ride to Zamboanga was partly different from my previous travels: no overly excited, loud tourists taking selfies and no foreigners. I can tell that the passengers were mostly locals because they were speaking Chavacano, the city’s Spanish-based local dialect. When the plane landed in Zamboanga, it meant many things for the group I was traveling…