NOTES FROM AN EMPTY CLASSROOM

Two weeks prior to the pandemic lockdown of March 2020, the concert hall of the Philippine Social Science Center was exulting to an ensemble of preschoolers. Dressed up in earthly costumes, the children filled the air with songs and verses of musical adaptations of “Ang mga Langgam at mga Tipaklong” back to back with the […]

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NO SACRIFICE TOO GREAT

Salem Espares-Estrada, 55, hasn’t heard from his son Dexter in four months. Her only news of his whereabouts came in Monday morning: he was one of those who perished from the C-130 plane crash. Cpl. Dexter E. Estrada, 32, has been in the Philippine Army for nine years. The desire to support his parents and […]

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“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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