Poet Tita Lacambra Ayala writes 30 BAGUIO–“Paalam Nay…10:37” was all musician Joey Ayala wrote on Facebook, and the Filipino literati understood. Tita Lacambra Ayala, the poet much loved from Ilocos Norte to Davao City, died at 10:37 pm Wednesday, January 9, while combatting pneumonia in Davao City. She just turned 88 last January 2. She is the mother of Joey 

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10 uniquely Filipino Christmas traditions

No one celebrates the Yuletide season better than the Filipinos! Resilient, jubilant and charming, Pinoys are known all over the world for their long, lavish, animated and one-of-a-kind holiday season celebrations. Although our motherland doesn’t have a wintry backdrop that echoes a quintessential Christmas feel, the Yuletide season is still very much alive all over 

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Shades of Gray: Nerd, musician, black belter MANILA, Philippines — A self-confessed nerd who can rearrange in her head the tune of a song note for note has been crowned Miss Universe 2018. Her being a black belter might have been highlighted at the pre-coronation of Miss Universe, but the universe ought to know that at heart Catriona Elisa Gray is 

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‘A nation of orphans’

On human rights day, progressives mourn ‘bayan ng ulila’ as killings, rights violations continue By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO MANILA — The scorching heat did not deter Filipino progressives from commemorating International Human Rights Day, today Dec. 10. “This day is not for the government that spit on human rights and the documents it 

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Salugpungan Defense of Pantaron
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The real target of military operations in Mindanao

By Anne Marxze Umil On Monday, Dec. 3, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. publicly tagged Bayan Muna former representative Satur Ocampo and ACT Teachers’ Partylist Rep. France Castro an “active members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).” In a news report, Galvez claimed 

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From left: Ezra Acayan, Jonathan Cellona, Basilio Sepe, Howie Severino (representing Atom Araullo), Maria Ressa, Fernando Sepe Jr., Inday Espina-Varona and Manuel Mogato receive the trophies and caricature from LODI. (Photo by Ronalyn V. Olea / Bulatlat)

Journalists vow to continue telling the truth amid gov’t harassment

MANILA — Journalists have vowed to continue their work amid Duterte administration’s relentless attacks on press freedom during an event organized by media and arts alliance LODI (Let’s Organize for Democracy and Integrity), Dec. 6. Dubbed Sikato! Sigaw para sa Katotohanan, Pagkilala sa Malayang Pamamahayag, the tribute held at Rappler’s office honored eleven Filipino journalists 

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Ocampo et al released on bail, vow to file countercharges against perpetrators

“Make no mistake about it: while we welcome this victory, those responsible for these despicable acts cannot just rest yet because they will be surely held accountable.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL MANILA – Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo, ACT Rep. France Castro and 16 others who were released on bail vow to file 

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No need for nationwide Martial Law declaration, there is de facto martial law On November 22, Rodrigo Duterte said there is no need to declare Martial Law nationwide. This is the nth time he said this. But his Memorandum Order 32, which is patterned in Martial Law in Mindanao, is not short of a martial rule. Ordered in the memo were redeployment of Armed Forces in the 

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Drop ‘politically motivated’ criminal charges vs Rappler, Maria Ressa

‘This attempt to silence a highly regarded news website is just the latest example of the administration’s contempt for free and vibrant news media,’ says Human Rights Watch Asia Director Brad Adams MANILA–Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday, December 1, called on the Duterte administration to drop the “politically motivated” charges against Rappler Holdings Corporation 

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Rappler’s #AnimatED: Huwag nating kalilimutan si Kian

Hindi pa tapos ang laban, ang susunod na yugto: ang pakikipagbuno sa paglimot. Dahil kaluluwa natin bilang isang bansa ang nakataya. “Breakdown in humanity.” ’Yan ang tawag ng isang senador sa pagkamatay ni Kian delos Santos, ang 17-anyos na binatilyong binaril ng mga pulis sa Caloocan habang nagsasagawa ng kampanyang “one- time, big-time” laban 

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