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For the second time in as many years, the Quezon City government has swooped down on the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation (MSBF) garden and padlocked it, preventing customers from entering. The timing is very unfortunate because it is during the Christmas season that many customers buy plants and flowers, especially poinsettias. The closure will mean [...]
By Amando Doronila
Panfilo Lacson, the Aquino administration’s overall “manager and coordinator” of the reconstruction of areas devastated by monster Typhoon “Yolanda,” took office on Monday, in the midst of a tumultuous controversy between the national government and local authorities over Manila’s slow-motion relief and rehabilitation assistance to the stricken communities. The discordant note not only threatened [...]
By Rina Jimenez-David
By some coincidence, just days after Supertyphoon “Yolanda” hit our shores, an international conference was convened in London in which 13 governments agreed “to assume that women and girls are in greater danger of violence after natural disasters than men and boys, and that organizations should act quickly to prevent and treat it rather than [...]
By Ambeth R. Ocampo
Two years ago I took a train from Berlin to Dresden to visit the bodega of the Ethnographic Museum where some 19th-century artifacts from the Philippines were kept. The name of Alexander Schadenberg appeared repeatedly in the catalogues and the inventory cards for the Philippine objects, which was not surprising because this German pharmacist who [...]
By Michael L. Tan
Let’s take a break from disasters—natural and (wo)manmade—for now and deal with something still somewhat stressful: managing your panic this weekend as you realize you still have a long list of people you need to get gifts for. It’s tempting to send someone to Divisoria and pick up cheap giveaways, but you’d be surprised [...]
By Oscar Franklin Tan
Life’s most fascinating encounters happen by chance. I was walking out of Greenbelt with heavy packages when someone offered to help me. He turned out to be Jerson Samson, a painter who was my contemporary at the University of the Philippines and who had just raced down from Antipolo on a motorcycle to Ayala [...]
By Jose Ma. Montelibano
Supertyphoon ‘‘Yolanda’’ is like tropical storm ‘‘Ondoy’’ in a very special way. As natural calamities, Yolanda and Ondoy affected a wide area that both rich and poor – and all in between – were adversely affected. Yolanda hit several provinces while Ondoy flooded Metro Manila – and Metro Manila as the imperial metropolis of the [...]
By Peter Wallace
I visited Aklan last week on the invitation of Rep. Ted Haresco to witness the groundbreaking for a new concrete bridge. The new bridge is important not only because it will improve traffic from Kalibo to Caticlan and then on to Boracay but also because it signaled new life after the devastating effects of Supertyphoon “Yolanda/Haiyan.”
By Conrado de Quiros
Frankly, I don’t know why P-Noy didn’t go and join the other heads of state to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela.
By Randy David
When one looks at pictures of the devastation wrought by Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” it is easy to be overwhelmed by the enormity of the rehabilitation work that is required to make the affected cities and towns livable again.
By Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
One of my favorite autobiographies is “Long Walk to Freedom” by Nelson Mandela, published in the 1990s after he came out of 27 years in prison (where he was known as 46664) and rising to become the first black president of South Africa.
By Christine E.V. Gonzalez
In1982, one of our community services in California was visiting orphanages. In one orphanage, we met a boy named Bryan, from the Navajo-Hopi tribes, who was particularly attached to us. He would cry whenever we left the facility. After a number of visits, we learned that the US Social Services had picked him up from a tiny apartment, where his mother lay dead. She was only 28.