i don’t hate indigenous peoples, but i never learned to love them either

  an essay on the absent narratives of indigenous peoples in the philippines, by jari The plight of indigenous peoples (IPs) against the reality of ethnic cleansing is a battlecry some people are willing to take to its bitter end [1][2]. Since the inception of nation-states as we know them, indigenous peoples have been fighting…

i’ve been thinking lately (on language, 1984 and the ‘bakla’)

I’ve been thinking more and more lately about language, and specifically their role in the formation of ideas and the creation of avenues of discourse. This won’t be a cohesive opinion, because I just want this out of my chest. I’ve been thinking too much. In Orwell’s 1984, the idea of crimethink (which exists in vernacular as thoughtcrime)…

Opinion: Paano na si Dolly?

There’s a lot to be said about education in the Philippines. We have the rising tuition fee, competitive education, K to 12 benefits, the lack of teacher incentives and teachers in general… valid and very concrete concerns which have echoing repercussions on the national academic community. But there are also other concerns that are more…

Sulatin: Ngayon, o ang kinabukasan ng EDSA

Mahirap tahakin ang pagtutuklas at pagbabahagi ng iba’t ibang pamamaraan at kadahilanan ng mga sakit na ngayon tumatagos sa bansa. Marahil na walang tiyak na sagot ang mga problemang hindi natin masolusyonan. Bagkus ito ang aking susubukan ngayong sagutin gamit ang sariling salita at isip: bakit nga ba naghihirap ang lipunan natin ngayon? Ilang dekada…

Opinion: Hello Homily Part Deux, also the Church again

Well the homily we heard during the 3 pm mass at Greenbelt Chapel certainly became more substantial last Sunday (though it was still very hard to pay attention, so I didn’t).Β  Given that our country holds the most number of masses, we should be experiencing prosperity…Β  60-70% [sic] of the country is Catholic, why then…

Opinion: Hello Homily

Let me rant about the church again. Sigh. The following words (bar the dictionary definition) make up a real-time commentary going inside my head and onto my phone. | Greenbelt Chapel, 28 July, 3 pm mass Homily n. a sermon or discourse on a moral or religious topic; a commentary that follows the reading of…