EDITORIAL - Gun culture

In Cebu last week, police armed with a court warrant raided the home of the barangay captain of Baclayan in Boljoon town, and arrested Elderson Han Baldezamo Mabalatan on gun charges. The police reported confiscating from the village chief two .45-caliber pistols and a hand grenade......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJun 28th, 2023

EDITORIAL - ‘No damaged culture’

No president of this republic will agree with the idea that the Philippines suffers from a “damaged culture,” as Filipinos sometimes lament......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 29th, 2023

EDITORIAL — Culture of violence

The earth had not yet fully settled on the grave of 17-year-old Jerhode Baltazar when another young man was killed in northern Metro Manila......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 8th, 2023

Hero within all of us doesn’t make the news

Often remembered only when their special day is marked, the nation's heroes deserve more than passing mention in a two to three-paragraph story either buried in the inside pages or turning up in a rehashed editorial or opinion piece. It's that time of the year again when many of us take a day – or a long weekend off – for beach bums or sun worshippers, or take the occasion to do our laundry, declutter closets, reunite with old friends or relatives, catch up with reading books you meant to curl up with on a rainy day, or the time when you give your pet dog a shampoo and a brisk rubdown. It is a day all wage-earners look forward to because it means extra holiday pay or a fatter paycheck. In short, except for their kin and descendants of their closest friends who attend obligatory rites at national shrines, we often take our heroes for granted, storing them temporarily in the dustbins of history, only to be resurrected at the next celebration of National Heroes Day or Araw ng Mga Bayani. Students recite their names by rote only to pass history or related subject tests, mouthing facts and figures without paying attention to their meaning or importance in the Philippine setting. Bonifacio, Rizal, Aguinaldo, Mabini, Antonio and Juan Luna, Gabriela and Diego Silang, Jose Abad Santos, Josefa Llanes-Escoda, Maria Orosa, Gen. Vicente Lim, and countless others. Youngsters often recall these personalities only because several streets, towns, and military camps have been named after them. When the award-winning film "Heneral Luna" was shown to capacity crowds with Apolinario Mabini, often called the "Brains of the Philippine Revolution" and the "Sublime Paralytic" playing a stellar role, many in the audience wondered aloud why he was always shown in a seating position. Parents who were fortunate enough to have been raised by families with more than textbook or quiz/trivia knowledge of the making of our history through the participation of these remarkable figures decry the fact that many of today's youth are more familiar with the eating or wardrobe preferences as well as the latest squeeze or amour of their favorite Korean or Hollywood idol than the roles played by Gabriela Silang, Antonio Luna, or Llanes-Escoda in the resistance against Spanish, American, and Japanese invaders. Some young people and even adults are known to sing all of their idols' top hits by heart at the drop of a hat. Still, they need to be made aware of the contributions of Nicanor Abelardo, Lucio San Pedro, and Sister Rosalina Abejo to the richness of Philippine music. Is this sad state of affairs a result of the failure of history and arts and culture classes in our school's curriculum, a lack of trained teachers to teach these courses, or simply growing disinterest in these subjects among our students? Have the heroes who are supposed to serve as role models or inspirations not only for the young but to the citizenry in general lost their luster or have faded glory? It would be a pity if such is the case, especially in these times when we need them most to rally behind a cause, symbolize or motivate advocacy, or provide us hope in a world tottering on the brink of war, facing disease, hunger, and the disastrous effects of climate change. While we should not forget those, who led us towards the path of independence from the harsh consequences of foreign rule that destroyed countless lives, bred insurrections, and almost obliterated our sense of pride and national identity, let us not forget those in our midst who continue to tread the less-traveled road and remain anonymous. In recent times, these are the modern-day heroes like the brave and persevering soldiers who man the worn out and ready-to-fall-apart BRP Sierra Madre entrenched on Philippine soil at Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea, despite continuing threats and harassment from the Chinese Coast Guard whose government insists the Shoal is theirs. A July 2016 Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling under the United Nations said, "China's nine-dash line claim over the disputed waters is invalid." From the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, first responders or front liners like doctors, nurses, and others in allied professions were acknowledged as the heroes of the day, alongside countless supporters who donated medical equipment and facilities and organizers of community pantries that provided a seemingly endless supply of food to those in need. They are our firefighters, police and military forces (despite a rotten few), peacemakers, teachers, and rescuers in mercy missions to save lives in areas hit by floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and other violent forces of nature. They may even be a neighbor who helps the homeless or vagrant by giving him not only food but odd jobs to keep them off the streets and away from the wretchedness of begging, a friend who has opened up her home to stray cats and dogs, a plant nursery owner who donates saplings and seeds so others can learn – and profit – from the joys of gardening. These community leaders have made a difference by initiating livelihood projects in their respective neighborhoods. It could even be you. Leading by example, you can teach others that settling tax obligations, obeying traffic rules, and paying it forward is all about being a good citizen. According to one wise man: "Heroes prove to us that no matter how much suffering there is in the world, there are supremely good people around whom we can count on to do the right thing even when most people are not prone to do so." The post Hero within all of us doesn’t make the news appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 27th, 2023

EDITORIAL - Gun culture

In Cebu last week, police armed with a court warrant raided the home of the barangay captain of Baclayan in Boljoon town, and arrested Elderson Han Baldezamo Mabalatan on gun charges. The police reported confiscating from the village chief two .45-caliber pistols and a hand grenade......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 28th, 2023

Winning my 46th book project in 25 years with MIESCOR 50th anniversary book

Exactly a week ago on 15 June, I had a contract signing with Meralco Industrial Engineering Services Corporation to produce its 50th anniversary coffee table book. It was such a delight and honor to meet with its top executives and the editorial book committee to record the book signing event. This book project negotiation was started mid-November 2022 when I received a call from MIESCOR’s procurement department to inquire if I was interested to produce its 50th anniversary book. Of course, I said “YES” and finally after six months of discussions, we arrived at a win-win solution to all the many details that needed to be addressed. Creating the book content for my many books has always been such a journey of discoveries and education for me. Going through the gamut of all the stages of production, from the many interviews and photoshoots to discussions with my great book team on the concepts of the cover and styling, produces such a “high” that enables us to capture the spirit and the message of each book. [caption id="attachment_148137" align="aligncenter" width="599"] PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF BING CARRION | MIESCOR contract signing for the company’s 50th-anniversary coffee table book.[/caption] Each of my books varies from design to content as the materials we gather dictate the outcome of the book’s narrative. However, every time I submit a complete book proposal to a client, that particular book project is done in my head. Only the execution of the details for all the pages remains to be done. Why do I do what I do best — that is capturing the milestone moments and defining stories of each of my book projects? It is because we can never underestimate the power of the written word. Long after we are gone from this earth, the books I produce create legacies of the wonderful journey of each of my subjects that are forever etched in the annals of Philippine history, life and culture. My books become the stories of generations of Filipino families, international and domestic corporations, NGOs and distinguished Asian leaders. The honor that each of my collectible coffee table books, found in select libraries around the world, accords to my many featured subjects that become part of the annals of Philippine history. As generations pass, these legacies of dreams, of character, of education, of honor are the forces that build kinship, binds our culture together, drive our people to new and challenging heights, thus creating a vibrant, a driven and innovative society with a conscience. The pages of my books always endeavor to capture the legacies that bring light, color, joy, honor and glory to each of my subjects. Their narratives become sources of deep inspiration, commitment, learning and abiding faith that produces life-defining changes and the anchor that brings meaning and direction to our lives. I shall always endeavor to write strong narratives that inspire the readers to become the best versions of themselves. This is the main reason that I write. I wake up each morning with deep joy and a grateful heart in thanksgiving to God Almighty who inspires me to do the books that uplifts the human spirit which creates a kinder, happier and wonderful world for us all. The post Winning my 46th book project in 25 years with MIESCOR 50th anniversary book appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2023

EDITORIAL - Heritage conservation

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts deserves support in its push for a prize for the rice terraces in Barangay Maligcong in Bontoc, Mountain Province......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 27th, 2023

EDITORIAL - Present realities

Is the Philippines ready for divorce?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News11 hr. 5 min. ago

EDITORIAL - A matter of enforcement

If the government wants to keep e-tricycles and e-bikes off national roads and highways, it should strictly enforce the ban on such vehicles, whether gas-powered or electric......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2024

[OPINION] What is needed is culture change, not charter change

'Instead of just tinkering with the system, we need a common frame for understanding and interpreting our own past, for defining who we are and what we stand for as a nation'.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2024

EDITORIAL — ‘Very rotten’

A process has long been in place for the approval of the national budget. Malacañang, through the Department of Budget and Management, submits its proposed national expenditure program to Congress, and both chambers deliberate on the NEP to come up with their respective versions of the budget bill......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2024

Editorial: Revisit snake encounters

Editorial: Revisit snake encounters.....»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2024

EDITORIAL - Safer internetfor children

Apart from national security and the need to protect government information networks, there is another reason to boost capabilities for fighting cyber threats: protecting children from sexual predators......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2024

EDITORIAL — Finally, a world-class airport?

The Philippines was one of the first countries in Asia to have a modern airport......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2024

No St. Valentine’s Day massacre

In crime history, the murder of seven men lined up against a wall by assailants using machine guns in a Chicago garage is known as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and it happened on Feb. 14, 1929 during the Prohibition era. The incident has been reenacted in numerous movies, spawning a legacy often translated in popular culture as a one-sided contest in sports......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2024

EDITORIAL - Compromised data

The Department of Education is verifying reports that its information system has been breached, with a hacker claiming to have harvested 750 gigabytes so far of DepEd data including banking details and information on students and teachers. Meanwhile, the Philippine Coast Guard took down yesterday its account on X, formerly Twitter, after its tweets were wiped out......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2024

Marcos honors Whang-od, outstanding government servants

President Marcos yesterday honored centenarian traditional tattoo artist Whang-od and outstanding government workers in a ceremony that recognized their contributions to culture, heritage and public service......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2024

EDITORIAL - Ash Wednesday tragedy

Religious devotion turned to tragedy yesterday after a portion of the balcony of a church in Bulacan came crashing down, hitting people attending Ash Wednesday mass......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2024

EDITORIAL - Roadmap for the maritime industry

In an archipelago of 7,641 islands, development of a maritime industry has been a necessity since pre-colonial times......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2024

New UP volleyball coach Almadro eyes to cultivate winning culture

Changing the culture of the UP Fighting Maroons will be the priority this season for new coach Oliver Almadro......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2024

EDITORIAL - Disruptive threats

Schools suspended classes and work was disrupted in government agencies that were hit by bomb threats yesterday in Metro Manila, several provinces in Luzon and in Cebu......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2024