IMHO – VFA and the Dumping of Toxic Wastes in the Philippines

For today’s daily prompt, we are asked to post a link of a news and try to create an op-ed about it. So after reading a news published by The Philippine Star , here’s my long opinion about VFA and the current controversy. There has been a series of discussion and debates regarding the VFA. The RP-US Visiting Forces Agreement is a bilateral agreement affected last 1998 upon ratification of the Philippine senate. However, it was not ratified by the US government as it considered this only as an executive agreement, which became one of the reasons for the continuing Read More …

Will you share your blessings to these people?

Last Sunday, I was informed that October is the Indigenous People Month in the Philippines. This annual celebration aims to provide venue for indigenous peoples to celebrate the richness of their cultures; allow cultural exchanges that will foster deeper cultural understanding to sustain a culture of peace; provide opportunity to discuss IP rights; give students and other people a chance to deepen their awareness and appreciation of indigenous cultures; recognize the expertise and contributions of indigenous communities; and advocate for the preservation as well as integration of traditional culture into the national cultural mainstream (NCCA, 2012). When I heard that, Read More …

30-day Blogging Challenge: Day 9 (A photo you took)

I like to take photos though I am not good at it. For today’s challenge, I am to post a photo that I have taken. This photo was taken last May when my friend and I went on a trip to the north. I forgot to bring my digital camera so I settled taking photos using my mobile phone. Many Filipinos have not been in this place as it is difficult to go to. There is no nearby airport so the “fastest” way is an approximately 12-hour car ride. I love this place. As a city girl, I always want Read More …

Philippines: A Waterworld

The country has been experiencing continuous rain since last week with Typhoon Gener (international name Saola). It has been reported that more than half of the rain expected for the month of August has already fallen in Manila, the country’s capital, for the last 24 hours. The entire National Capital Region and neighboring provinces are being hit by torrential rains which cause extreme flooding in the areas. Most roads are impassable – from ankle to chest-deep of flood, contributing to lots of people stranded outside. Not only that, rivers like Marikina and Tullahan got swollen and made bordering cities submerged Read More …

jaunt to the Capital

April 15, 2012 (Sunday) Mr. Sun was up and about so early, providing yet again a warm and cheerful day for everyone. I put on SPF 100 sun block cream to my already chocolate-brown skin – didn’t want to have it darkened to black chocolate LOL. My partner did the same – he spread SPF 50 all over his face and limbs. Well, you might assume that since he is already white he wanted to have higher sun protection to maintain being fair, but this crazy dude wanted to have a tanned or brown skin. After eating our midday meal consisting of Read More …