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Love—and music—in a time of disaster

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An urban poor community of ramshackle shanties and perennially flooded alleys is hardly the usual setting for a musical. Neither are the themes of frustration and injustice, inchoate dreams and constricted ambitions, class and poverty considered material for a rock opera.

Posted: August 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Community resilience is key

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The closure of the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) last week in Bangkok is the next big step for global and regional work toward the 3rd World Conference on DRR to be held in Sendai, Japan, in March 2015. The Asia-Pacific region has, over the past few years, borne 80 percent of the global losses resulting from disasters.

Posted: June 30th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Investing in resilience

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Three years ago, my homeland was blindsided by calamity. The 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan was a stark reminder of nature’s power and underscored the importance of being prepared for the next time disaster strikes.

Posted: April 30th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Change and challenges

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The year 2013 was a litmus test for the Aquino administration and the nation.

Posted: January 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Chance of a lifetime

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I start the year with a greater resolve to build in tune with people of like-spirit who see 2014 as the year of reconstruction. There will be serious distractions, I am sure, as Filipinos have finally found the impetus for change long evaded. My distractions will be somebody else’s advocacy, and change demands both dismantling and rebuilding. I will fasten my seat belts, tightly.

Posted: January 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

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