The Big Fat Power Crisis Lie

Let us not mince words and, at the expense of truth, surrender a sliver of doubt enough to allow a big fat brazen lie to slip through. The power crisis that Benigno Aquino III Is seeking emergency powers to address, and to which the House Energy Committee has railroaded discussions on, in order to spread […]

Watch — Yolanda survivor assails Aquino: ‘Gov’t help not felt by victims’ #RememberHaiyan

“Tignan mo, di siya pumunta rito. Dun siya sa Guian. Kung tumulong siya, dapat nagpunta siya dito. Dun siya e kasi andun ang kaalyado niya,” said Bong Baronda, a Yolanda survivor in Tacloban City. Baronda is a worker helping move one of the barges which were brought aground by supertyphoon Yolanda a year ago. According […]

#DearPope @pontifex: An Open Letter from Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) Survivors to Pope Francis

His Holiness Pope Francis, Greetings of peace and love from the Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) survivors! Indeed we have the same wish: a wish of a poor church and for the poor… for we are the poor in the church. In the spirit of mercy and compassion (the theme of your visit to the Phil,) we […]

Hope Stores: Helping rebuild their lives by rebuilding their livelihood

Rehabilitation has been slow , a year after the massive Typhoon Yolanda. The saving grace are the NGOs, private indivduals and companies who have done all they can in the rehabilitation of the affected provinces. At a recent intimate gathering of bloggers, P&G shared their “Hope Stories” Documentary, showing how in their own way are […]

Yolanda Anniversary: Of hopes, criticisms, excuses, and mischiefs

In the Philippines, an anniversary equates to a celebration. For the victims of Typhoon Yolanda, though, is there anything worth celebrating a year after the devastating calamity? One year has passed since one of the strongest tropical cyclones in the world wreaked havoc. How’s the recovery progressing? How are the victims doing now? Is “blame” […]

Kwentong Barbero: Gone President

Barber Egay was back from his sabbatical, sort of. One month away from his scissors and razors. Away for 30 days from our little barangay getting famous for side mirrors of Hondas and Toyotas gone in minutes after being parked and yes, even laundry left to hang overnight. Well, also away from us barbershop hangers-on […]

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The Big Fat Power Crisis Lie

Let us not mince words and, at the expense of truth, surrender a sliver of doubt enough to allow a big fat brazen lie to slip through. The power crisis that Benigno Aquino III Is seeking emergency powers to address, and to which the House Energy Committee has railroaded discussions on, in order to spread […]

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Changing Tack: Politicians realize the need for a new approach, for better or for worse

The recent weeks in Philippine politics have been notable as political personalities shifted to new ways of handling things. Apparently, after realizing how they may not get the results they want with the ways they earlier decided to pursue, they are employing new strategies to salvage their political predicaments, change the public’s not so flattering […]

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Hell from Tacloban

“Hello from Tacloban”. It was the cover title of a slightly offbeat but certainly reputable international magazine’s anniversary issue on the crisis brought on by Typhoon Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan) on central Philippines among whose islands and cities Tacloban was among the very worst hit. “Hello from Tacloban” by the very greeting alone immediately connotes an […]

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Parents cry ‘Help’ – Idyllic JASMS soon to be steamrollered into a concrete jungle

by Julie Fuertes as originally posted at the Philippine Online Chronicles. Grasshoppers. Caterpillars. Frogs. Leaves. Stones. These were a few of the things my children brought for me from school. Not only did they bring these things home, they also came home with faces streaked with (a bit of) dirt, their socks (somewhat) black on […]

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Watch — Yolanda survivor assails Aquino: ‘Gov’t help not felt by victims’ #RememberHaiyan

“Tignan mo, di siya pumunta rito. Dun siya sa Guian. Kung tumulong siya, dapat nagpunta siya dito. Dun siya e kasi andun ang kaalyado niya,” said Bong Baronda, a Yolanda survivor in Tacloban City. Baronda is a worker helping move one of the barges which were brought aground by supertyphoon Yolanda a year ago. According […]

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The Save Palawan Seas foundation Yolanda Relief Operation Update

On November 8, 2013, the world watched as the most powerful tropical cyclone in recorded history hit the Philippines. Super typhoon Yolanda (International codename: Haiyan) barreled through most of the central part of the archipelago, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake. With a death toll of over 5,632 and 1,759 missing as of […]

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#DearPope @pontifex: An Open Letter from Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) Survivors to Pope Francis

His Holiness Pope Francis, Greetings of peace and love from the Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) survivors! Indeed we have the same wish: a wish of a poor church and for the poor… for we are the poor in the church. In the spirit of mercy and compassion (the theme of your visit to the Phil,) we […]

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Hope Stores: Helping rebuild their lives by rebuilding their livelihood

Rehabilitation has been slow , a year after the massive Typhoon Yolanda. The saving grace are the NGOs, private indivduals and companies who have done all they can in the rehabilitation of the affected provinces. At a recent intimate gathering of bloggers, P&G shared their “Hope Stories” Documentary, showing how in their own way are […]

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Yolanda Anniversary: Of hopes, criticisms, excuses, and mischiefs

In the Philippines, an anniversary equates to a celebration. For the victims of Typhoon Yolanda, though, is there anything worth celebrating a year after the devastating calamity? One year has passed since one of the strongest tropical cyclones in the world wreaked havoc. How’s the recovery progressing? How are the victims doing now? Is “blame” […]

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EB: Those mysterious and controversial letters on a stone

Two letters, E and B, are bringing an interesting discussion into the Senate hearings on the alleged anomalies of Vice-President Jejomar Binay. They may have emerged from the legally unacceptable proposition of lawyer Senator Alan Peter Cayetano but they are certainly making the Senate inquiry more intriguing. EB: Elenita Binay Senator Alan Peter Cayetano believes […]

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Kwentong Barbero: Gone President

Barber Egay was back from his sabbatical, sort of. One month away from his scissors and razors. Away for 30 days from our little barangay getting famous for side mirrors of Hondas and Toyotas gone in minutes after being parked and yes, even laundry left to hang overnight. Well, also away from us barbershop hangers-on […]

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#HLMX: Wala pa ring lupa at hustisya para sa mga magbubukid ng Luisita


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by Vencer Crisostomo, first published on Blog Watch, Philippine Online Chronicles. Gugunitain ng bayan ngayong Nobyembre ang ika-sampung taon ng masaker sa Hacienda Luisita. Noong Nobyembre 16, 2004, pinaulanana ng bata ng mga sundalo ang libo-libong nagpoprotesta sa mismong gate ng hacienda sa utos ng mga Aquino-Cojuangco. Pito ang namatay sa isa sa mga pinakamarahas […]

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