Tuesday ∗ 26 May 2015

#Katakot2016: Duterte

I was never sold on the idea of the Davao Death Squads executing and salvaging “criminals.” The notion that it is the failure of the legal process that has encouraged the existence of the DDS, the idea that it is the failure of the law to bring these criminals to justice that justifies these extrajudicial killings, just does not fly with me. Continue reading »

Thursday ∗ 14 May 2015

Mary Jane #donotforget

There are at least a hundred more Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) on death row in different parts of the world. Mary Jane Veloso is still in jail. But newspapers and programs are now filled with other issues, edging out the plight of these OFWs, and the crisis of the bagong bayani in general. Here, so that we might not forget: Where lies hope, April 29. Mary Jane and government spin, May 3. Taking credit, timelines, injustice, May 6.

Thursday ∗ 07 May 2015

third world tech conundrum: or where do old printers go to die?

where do old tech stuff go to die?

Tuesday ∗ 05 May 2015

beyond boxing

Pacquiao could have been our Michael Jordan, that homegrown boxer turned global iconic athlete. He could’ve spent time and energy building training camps and schools, to provide local boxers from all over the country with the best free training possible. He could’ve nurtured the new Pacquiaos, made the Philippines known for having the best boxers in Asia, if not the world.

Sunday ∗ 19 Apr 2015

download NOW #HiMaamSir #IWBTSBNQTS

You’ve got until midnight tonight (Sunday) to download “It Will Be The Same But Not Quite The Same” for free over here. — http://www.mediafire.com/…/adam_david_-_IWBTSBNQTS_-_single… And to play with HiMaamSir. — http://himaamsir.blogspot.com/. Very sad and dismayed and angry that these sites will be going down by the end of today, because of the use of the law (and lawyers!) without consideration for appropriation, transformation, and derivative work, not to mention critical-creative engagement. These are sad times for Philippine literature, when a… Continue reading »

Saturday ∗ 18 Apr 2015

A case for creative critical engagement #OnLiteratureMonth

Here’s the statement from writers and supporters of literature on the case of Adam David who has been told to take down a website and PDF that critically engages with the book Fast Food Fiction Delivery, published by Anvil and edited by Noelle de Jesus and Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta. Here is the site — http://himaamsir.blogspot.com/ And the PDF — http://www.mediafire.com/…/adam_david_-_IWBTSBNQTS_-_single… Here’s Adam’s explanation of what his project was about — “It’s a collection of 132 stories gathered from a story-generating machine… Continue reading »

Sunday ∗ 12 Apr 2015

the voice of celebrity: love and alex gonzaga, life and bianca gonzalez*

I will always spend some hard-earned cash on books proclaimed as “bestsellers” – not by the non-existent bestseller list of local books (because we compete with uh, Fifty Shades of Grey), but based on the ever reliable, absolutely credible opinion of the National Bookstore ate manning the cash register. These two books are placed among the magazines at the cashier’s counter, and with one hot pink cover, and another that’s filled with eye-catching illustrations, these books easily catch one’s eye.… Continue reading »

Thursday ∗ 09 Apr 2015

yaya meals and the sushal indignation

AFTER gaining such mileage for being the resort du jour for fancy weddings and exclusive pictorials (READ: the Senator Chiz Escudero-Heart Evangelista nuptials) – the kind that makes you wonder if it’s even in the Philippines at all – Balesin Island Resort has gotten the kind of press any business for the wealthy and elite would love. Or hate. As the resort’s press release has inadvertently asked: What is this hullaballoo?

Monday ∗ 06 Apr 2015

Against divorce #WomensMonth2015*

One can’t believe it sometimes, the way the patriarchy is so pervasive in this country, the way men get away with being pa-cute and being pa-witty when asked about something they can’t quite wrap their heads around. And no, I’m not talking about the every man on the street. I’m talking Senators of the land, making a joke out of the question of divorce. Welcome to the Philippines. Where it doesn’t matter that the latest SWS Survey on Divorce reveals… Continue reading »

Saturday ∗ 04 Apr 2015

Game over

To the Ateneo student who continues to harass me about the P50-peso class fund from seven years ago. I’ve already explained to the best of my recollection where that class fund goes. If you tell me who you are maybe I can explain better what your class required as far as funds are concerned. But now that I know that your classroom allowed me to do powerpoint presentations, then do find out how much it cost to do those presentations, inclusive of internet fees,… Continue reading »

Saturday ∗ 21 Mar 2015

competition* #WomensMonth2015 #IAmNotMyShoes

Here’s to the friendship that could have been ours: wife of my lover, lover of my husband, lover of my lover. For women at both ends are always rivals: smiling for points at a beauty contest, icing the cake at a cooking competition, sprinting for the gold as they race to a man’s heart.

Thursday ∗ 19 Mar 2015

different women* #IAmNotMyShoes #WomensMonth2015

Six months since she’s arrived And yet she does not speak. She must have been chained; This I guess from the bruises On her wrists. But she will not Let me touch them. She trembles at the sight Of tall men, more so at those With shadows on their lips.

Monday ∗ 16 Mar 2015

relationships and freedom* #WomensMonth2015 #IAmNotMyShoes

I. You are the earth and all that earth implies: The gravity that ballasts me in space, The air I breathe, the land that stills my cries For food and shelter against devouring days. You are the earth whose orbit marks my way And sets my north and south, my east and west, You are the final elemental clay The driven heart must turn to for its rest.

Sunday ∗ 15 Mar 2015

motherhood in a time of war* #SAF44 #WomensMonth2015 #IAmNotMyShoes

… mourn a woman’s bitter lot: to give birth to men who kill and are killed.                               Grace Monte de Ramos                                               That morning alone he had sunk ten warships, downed four planes, marched countless armies across unseen territories, borders mapped only in his… Continue reading »

Friday ∗ 13 Mar 2015

the decision to be alone* #IAmNotMyShoes #WomensMonth2015

Babae akong namumuhay na mag-isa Hiwalay sa asawa Matandang Dalaga Kerida Puta. Ang aking pag-iisa’y Batik na ituturing ng aking lipunan Latay na pabaon ng nakaraan, Pilat na taglay hanggang sa kasalukuyan.

the violence of choice* #WomensMonth2015 #IAmNotMyShoes

To this harlequinade I wear black tights and fool’s cap Billiken, make me three bright masks For the three tasks in my life. Three faces to wear One after the other For the three men in my life.

Thursday ∗ 12 Mar 2015

the violence of words* #WomensMonth2015 #IAmNotMyShoes

Ginahasa ako ng mga salita, Paulit-ulit, Paulit-ulit, Hanggang magutay ang diwa. Buntis ang alaala Sa mga alimura, Pasa-pasa ang puso’t Lama’y salanta. — Ruth Elynia Mabanglo, 1992.

#IAmNotMyShoes Redux #WomensMonth2015

I am in awe of this National Youth Commission campaign In Her Shoes because it is so wrong, so offensive, so sexist, and is being sold to us by the male commissioners, including actor Dingdong Dantes in bright red high heels. Oh yes, at 1;27AM on March 12, I have the privilege of seeing him on 9News, in a replay of Pia Hontiveros’s News.Ph show. He and NYC commissioner Perci Cendaña have brought the heels they’ve been wearing for this campaign; Hontiveros has… Continue reading »

Tuesday ∗ 10 Feb 2015

the President’s confidence level: the Mamasapano clash

sometimes one becomes unclear about whether or not the presidential spokespersons are actually on the President’s side, painting as they do some of the more unstable images of PNoy. with regard the question of the President seeking and listening to advice of a suspended official like ex-PNP Chief Alan Purisima, for something as critical as the Mamasapano operation at a time of peace negotiations with the MILF, Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda is quoted to have said: “No law prohibits the President from exercising… Continue reading »

Thursday ∗ 29 Jan 2015

the tale of the absent President: the Mamasapano clash (updated)

today, the nation watched and cried and grieved as the 42 slain police commandos of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police arrived in Manila in coffins. the members of the cabinet were present, as were Senators Bongbong Marcos and Nancy Binay, former First Lady Imelda Marcos, former President Fidel Ramos, and Vice President Jejomar Binay. President Noynoy Aquino was nowhere in sight. there was no member of the Aquino family representing him. there is no valid reason for this absence.

Wednesday ∗ 28 Jan 2015

taking stock: Mamasapano clash

yes, a statement, not a question. because there’s just too much not being said, or being spun? about the Mamasapano clash that has killed 50 policemen (as of last count) 44 police commandos of the Philippine National Police’s Special Action Force and an unreported number of MILF and / or BIFF fighters. and yet there is also an overload of information — such is the nature of social and online media in this country — and some of the more basic questions and answers get… Continue reading »

Friday ∗ 23 Jan 2015

The end of the (art) affair*

My tendency in the past four years that I’ve been writing about and reviewing local art has been to be kind. I stopped reviewing art I didn’t like unless my editors assigned it to me; I would look at art events and could not but appreciate the effort that organizers put into it, even when it was clear to me that celebrating local art in this way is the height of superficiality. Artists earn money in these events, after all,… Continue reading »

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