‘‘Indies,” they are called for now, but a shared hope within their community is that, someday soon, they will no longer be regarded as distinct from the “mainstream.” Cinema is cinema, two out of three independent filmmakers invariably point out in the middle of any interview on the subject.
With “Yolanda” in 2013 and, earlier, “Ondoy,” “Sendong,” “Pablo” and other frightening storms, disaster preparedness is now an indispensable part of the Philippine handbook of survival. And with climate change an official reality, with world powers America and China agreeing to cut greenhouse gas emissions, disaster preparedness now ranks among the top priorities of any nation, big or small.
The National Bureau of Investigation marks its 78th anniversary this week, if not with uniformly glowing marks, then at least a number of commendable high-profile successes to its name.
President Aquino’s decision to skip Tacloban City in the series of commemorative activities marking the first anniversary of Super typhoon “Yolanda” was an egregious mistake. It reminded citizens across the country of the politically toxic atmosphere that hung over Tacloban immediately after it was devastated by the strongest storm to ever make landfall, and renewed questions about whether
November is National Reading Month, and at the kickoff last Monday Education Secretary Armin Luistro urged schoolchildren to let books unleash the wonders of their imagination. “There are books that will take you anywhere in the world… Books open up new and strange worlds that we might neither know nor reach. They can give us anything we imagine,” he told his audience at Pasig Central Elementary School.