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The times they are a-changin’: A tale of folk and protest songs

The Country in the Heart By Ed Maranan IN THE WINTER OF 1962, between Christmas day and the New Year, sixty teenagers from as many countries arrived in New York City to attend a world youth forum sponsored by a top American newspaper. I was the youngest of the lot, all of sixteen and a 

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Botong’s first solo exhibit

By Jasmine T. Cruz Botong Francisco: A Nation Imagined Ongoing until March 31 Ayala Museum, Makati Ave. corner De la Rosa St., Greenbelt Park, Makati City IT MAY SEEM ODD, but National Artist Carlos “Botong” V. Francisco never had a solo exhibit of his works in his lifetime.   So the exhibit Botong Francisco: A 

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Business as Usual for the Black Nazarene

MANILA, Philippines – Vendors in Quiapo stock their inventories before devotees flood the Plaza Miranda for the Black Nazarene. Towels fly. Banners line the skies. And crowds march to the beating of drums. It’s a feast for the eyes, but this small spectacle is only a taste of what’s to come for the Feast Day 

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New Year’s wish of college editors: New Year’s Resolution for Pres. Aquino

The following are some of college editors’ proposed 2013 New Year’s Resolution for President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, as compiled by the College Editors’ Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) national office: More prudent spending. The government should monitor spending especially with the implementation of the Sin Tax Law. – Patrick Ong, Editor in chief of The 

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Counterinsurgency blamed for rights violations in Cordillera

BAGUIO CITY — “It is true. Oplan Bayanihan has succeeded; it has succeeded in violating human rights.” This was the statement of Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) secretary general Jude Baggo during a press conference on the state of human rights in the region, December 7. (Read story…)

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Aquino administration’s human rights policy: Big in words, too little in action

MANILA – Early on, President Benigno Aquino III vowed to put an end to the killings and bring perpetrators to justice. Aquino signed in November Administrative Order No. 35, creating a nine-member “Inter-agency committee on Extra-Legal Killings, Enforced Disappearances, Torture and Other Grave Violations of the Right to Life, Liberty and Security of Persons.” The 

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SC junks case on Comelec and dynasties

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court affirmed on Tuesday, January 8, its earlier dismissal of a petition that asked the Commission on Elections to implement the constitutional provision against political dynasties. SC acting spokeswoman Victoria Gleoresty Guerra said the SC junked the motion for reconsideration filed by businessman Louis Biraogo on its decision in a 

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Over 1,000 hurt during Nazarene procession

MANILA, Philippines – At least 1,485 devotees were given medical attention during the procession of the image of the Black Nazarene, the Philippine Red Cross said. PRC said at least 577 devotees had their blood pressure checked, while 860 sustained minor injuries. At least 36 devotees sustained major injuries, while 12 had to be brought 

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New law gives some hope to kin of victims of enforced disappearance

The new law, the first of its kind in Asia, imposes a punishment of life imprisonment on those directly involved in the crime of enforced disappearance as well as on superior officers who order or are otherwise implicated in a disappearance. By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – “It’s a small relief,” Belith Batralo, whose 

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Most Filipinos hopeful for 2013

MANILA, Philippines – The year 2013 brings hope for most Filipinos, according to the Social Weather Stations survey released Friday, December 28. The yearend survey, conducted between December 8-11, showed that 92% of adult Filipinos are feeling hopeful, rather than fearful, for the year ahead. This is just a slight drop from last year, wherein 

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