“ATE BEBANG”

Amalia Alcantara is the epitome of “so others may live.” “Ate Bebang” to many, Ms. Alcantara is a human rights activist, urban poor organizer, and leader to Nagkakaisang Residente ng Pook Malinis — a depressed community on the skirts of UP Diliman. Troubled by an impending demolition, pandemic crisis, politics and police issues. Since the […]

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UPSHOTS

Six typhoons in two months. “Ulysses” for the swan song. Looking back at the congregation of storms — from my quarantine window.          

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BURNED TO THE GROUND

At the height of Typhoon Rolly’s onslaught in Calabarzon, a fire was raging at a fishing community in Bacoor, Cavite. Good thing a forced evacuation prior to the typhoon was placed, saving the families from the inferno. Now the same people are asking the question: was the fire done deliberately while everyone was away? The […]

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PLAZA MIRANDA

We stand here together in the patio. For the most part, the stage setting for affairs of the church and the state; of indignation and proclamations. Also of con men and lawmen. Peddlers and beggars. Tarot readers and believers. Looking over, the Minor Basilica of Black Nazarene. We stand together amid social isolation, loneliness, and […]

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