Ang Resureksyon ng ROTC

Pormal nang inaprubahan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang sapilitang pagpasok ng lahat ng mag-aaral sa Grade 11 at 12 o Senior High School sa Reserve Officers Training Course (ROTC). Sa pagbubukas ng Palarong Pambansa sa Antique noong Abril 24, nagbanta pa ang Pangulo sa mga umaalma sa ROTC na posible pa siyang magpatupad ng sapilitang pagsisilbi sa…

The Music Scene of UST: What Needs to Happen (and to Every Other Music Scene, Too)

Before becoming the national favorites, they were artists in their infant stage. Your local bar’s stage entertainment. Your performers at campus events. The competitors in your barangay battle of the bands. The undervalued, underappreciated and underpaid life-force of music. The local artists. As with everything, music needs a sustainable environment to survive. With little incentive…

The Siege of Zamboanga’s Youngsters by Makoi Popioco

A little boy cowered behind an overturned wooden chair, avoiding gunfire. The other boy breathed heavily, he dashed his small feet forward and with his frail hands, he fired. The boy hiding behind the chair got shot, fell down, and played dead. I raised my hand, pointed my index finger, pulled the invisible trigger in my thumb,…

Have to Go

I have now left a place I considered my second home for almost five years. A few weeks ago, I received a phone call informing me that I have been fired. I was no longer required to report for work the next day for the morning newscast, News to Go. A few days later, my contract with the afternoon newscast GMA…

Oda sa Telebisyon

Black and white at de-pihit pa noon ang lipatan ng channel ng TV at mauuso pa lang ang remote control, isa nang ritwal sa aming pamilya ang panonood ng balita sa gabi. Salimpusa pa lang ako sa Barangay Day Care Center at kasagsagan ko pa lang sa pagtuklas sa ba-be-bi-bo-bu nang makilala ko ang balita. Dahil…

How I Outgrew the Night Life

Where do broken hearts go? They say this is the perfect place — because you can barely hear your own heartbeat. There I was in a bar, hoping I could heal myself. I was all set. I put on heavy makeup to look a bit more mature and wore the tightest dress I’ve ever tried…