Philippines

MAURO ‘MALANG’ SANTOS, 1928-2017

Renowned painter Malang passes away

Mauro ‘Malang’ Santos passed away on June 10 at the age of 89. Find out more about the life and times of the artist through the eyes of those who knew him best MANILA–Acclaimed Filipino artist Mauro “Malang” Santos died on Saturday, June 10. He was 89 years old. Malang was the creator of the 

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NICK JOAQUIN’S 100TH BIRTHDAY. Julie Lluch, sculptor of Nick Joaquin’s bust, poses beside his ‘Pop Stories for Groovy Kids.’

FEU pays tribute to National Artist Nick Joaquin

100th Birth Anniversary FEU celebrates the works of the late national artist through lectures, exhibits and a book relaunch MANILA–In honor of the late national artist Nick Joaquin’s 100th birth anniversary, Far Eastern University (FEU) recently held a series of activities including lectures, an art exhibit and a relaunch of his book. In a statement, 

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STATEMENT: On Marawi, Martial Law and internet freedom

Joint statement by CPU, TXTPOWER and AGHAM After Camp Aguinaldo spokesman Colonel Edward Arevalo warned that the military would exercise an alleged “right to censure”, DICT Head Rodolfo Salalima has announced arrests for “cyber sedition”. It must be clear by now: Whether you’re in Marawi, Mindanao or Manila, we’re all unsafe from martial law’s effects 

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Women human rights defenders from Asia Pacific in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Solidarity Statement with the People of the Philippines

We, women human rights defenders from various countries of Asia and the Pacific, gather to show our solidarity with the people most affected by the rise of growing state authoritarianism and militarism, religious fundamentalisms and the underlying exploitative economic systems designed to enrich a tiny minority at the expense of our communities. Given the current 

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Filipino LGBT

LGBT students face bullying, abuse

Discrimination and Lack of Support Undermine Right to Education MANILA–Students across the Philippines experience bullying and discrimination in school because of their sexual orientation and gender identity, Human Rights Watch said in a report released June 22. While Philippine law provides protections against discrimination and exclusion in schools, lawmakers and school administrators need to take 

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Economy loses jobs despite reported growth

The recently released labor force survey figures indicate an alarming intensification of the domestic jobs crisis with the economy losing jobs despite reported economic growth, said research group IBON. Reported unemployment and underemployment in the country fell, but so did employment and the size of the labor force – all of which indicate growing distortions 

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Andres Bonifacio

Bonifacio and Rizal: Of Oil and Water and Men of Conviction

By Alex Moises July 3, 1892: Jose Rizal organized the Liga Filipina in Tondo, Manila. He met a man named Andres Bonifacio who became one of the founding members of the organization. Jose Rizal was born on June 19, 1861 in Calamba, Laguna. His family belonged to the upper middle class of Philippine society, which 

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Tax reform should be pro-poor, progressive

Research institution IBON said that government should be willing to forge a genuinely progressive tax system instead of adopting one that remains pro-rich. The group said this upon recent Congressional approval of the first part of the Department of Finance’s (DOF) Comprehensive Tax Reform Package (CTRP).  Forging a truly progressive tax package is an important 

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Progressive groups set ‘National Day of Prayer’ on June 12

By Ian Irving Bazarte MANILA – Various progressive church, human rights and urban poor groups are set to hold an inter-faith prayer rally on Independence Day, June 12, to call for an end to President Rodrigo Duterte’s martial law in Mindanao and for a stop to human rights violations. Dubbed the “National Day of Prayer 

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Resorts World Manila COO admits ‘Lapses in security’ in deadly attack

MANILA–Resorts World Manila chief operations officer (COO) Stephen Reilly admitted their security system had lapses, allowing a lone gunman to attack the hotel-casino and cause the death of 37 people. “I say there are lapses in security. When we played the first videos, I pointed out there should have been security personnel posted on certain 

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