Friday, March 29, 2013

Visita Iglesia 2013


Visita Iglesia, which literally mean church visit,  was introduced by the Spanish colonizers where Christians would visit churches during Maundy Thursday.

Since 2010, we're practicing Visita Iglesia every Maundy Thursday as our way of sacrifice and practice of faith in lieu of the Holy Week. This year is our 3rd year to visit churches within Batangas area. My oldest sister, her husband - Kuya Michael and our cousin - Ate Joy decided to join me in this year's Visita Iglesia.



Traditionally, seven (7) churches are visited with two stations per visit. Other Christians, with more time and effort, visit fourteen (14). Let me share to you the churches we've visited this year (in order of visit):

Saint Vincent Ferrer Parish Church - San Vicente, Banay Banay, Lipa City, Batangas

St. Joseph Church - San Jose, Batangas

Basilica de San Martin de Tours - Taal, Batangas

Shrine of Our Lady of Caysasay - Caysasay, Taal, Batangas


St. Benedict Monastery -  Pinagtung-Ulan, Lipa City 

Sto. Nino Parish Church - Pinagtung Ulan, Lipa City


A6 The Divino Amor Redemptorist Church - Lipa City
The Divino Amor Redemptorist Church - Lipa City, Batangas

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 I hope that you guys are having a fruitful Holy Week. Thank you Lord for the gift of life, for the gift of wisdom, knowledge and grace and for your unending guidance to us. We LOVE you..!

"That in all things, GOD may be Glorified"



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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

EARTH HOUR 2013: Dare the World to Save the Planet!

Earth Hour is the largest movement for the planet in human history, spanning 7,000 cities, 152 countries with a digital reach of 200 million.  Earth Hour is much, much more than a symbolic action of switching off lights for an hour; it’s a continuous movement driving actions, big and small, that are changing the world we live in. - http://www.earthhour.org

It's Earth Hour once again and I would like to share to you some ways on how to make this experience Fun and Memorable! Let's have fun in the DARK!

  1. Invite your friends over for a candlelit dinner.
  2. Get those board games out and have some fun seeing how easily you can swap your scrabble counters in the dark!
  3. Go for a walk. Lie down. Look up. In all of that which you'll then see, we only have the thing you're lying on to call home. Cherish it. 
  4. Do something "crafty" by candlelight: paint, mould, stick, knit, quilt, or paint...
  5. Got kids? Get out the camping gear! Set up a tent and tell fantastical stories of a time when the earth had no artificial lights and strange things went more than just BUMP! in the dark..
  6. ....or plan a few harmless April Fool's Day pranks in advance.
  7. Play a real game of hide & seek. Now there's a challenge doing it in the dark!
  8. Take a nap - it's been a hard day and no-one will notice.
  9. Hey - since your lights are off, it would seem like the perfect time to change any old bulbs for a few new energy saving ones? No?
  10. Why not eat all the ice-cream that's sitting in your freezer? If you've turned your appliances off as well as your lights for Earth Hour, then it's going to melt anyway! (How good is that for an excuse?!)
Shut off all your lights (this is the basic way to celebrate) and when I say shut off, it means unplugged it.


Official Video for EARTH HOUR 2013



Earth Hour will be on March 23, 2013, Saturday, 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm local time.

Let's PARTICIPATE!

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Big Blog Exchange Contest: I NEED YOUR SUPPORT!



The Big Blog Exchange offers a new once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to any blogger who would like to share and be informed about what goes on in various places. Whether the country in question is in Latin America, Europe or Asia, surely there is something just waiting to be found and shared with the rest of the world. With the help of Hostelling International, 16 passionate bloggers will get to have an experience of a lifetime, exchanging blogs, cultures and places in real life.


I know I'm a newbie in blogging but having that strong passion for discovery, I think there's no such thing as professional blogger. We all know that as bloggers, we have the same goal to inspire and touch other's lives through our entries.

I blogged almost about everything. Everything -- covering Arts, Culture & EntertainmentTechnology, Gadgets & AccesoriesTravel & LeisureWellness, Sports & Outdoors, and Food Trip. But even though I have random things to say about random happenings around me, I have the following topics that's very close to my heart:

* Philippine Independent Film
* Philippine Culture
* Feminism
* Technology and Gadget Trends
* Running - Marathons




I want to WIN this UNIQUE opportunity to travel, exchange blogs, lives, places and cultures for 10 days because I have that strong passion for DISCOVERY. I am hungry for KNOWLEDGE that I can gain through EXPERIENCES. I want to touch people's lives one step at a time, in my own little ways. I want to inspire them through my blog entries and to let them know my point of views anything under the sun. Sharing my thoughts with my readers give me a sense of freedom to have that opportunity to be part of their lives. Having their feedback let me feel that we have connected and therefore exchanging of ideas will come to life. I want to represent also those people who are still a newbie in blogging and want them to know that it's possible to be part of almost an 'impossible dream'. If I'll be given a chance to be part of this once in a lifetime experience, I will forever share whatever experiences I'll gain from it to my family, friends, relatives, acquaintances etc. I'm proud to be a Filipino, a blogger, a social media evangelist and advocate.
Help me to be part of this wonderful experience! :)


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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tagle's words that struck the world



I want to share with you an article originally posted on rappler.com's website which talks about how Cardinal Tagle's words struck the world. Honestly, after reading the full article, I was inspired by how he formulates ideas, point of views and the like regarding issues that suppressing the Church nowadays. The Catholic Church needs a strong foundation through a great LEADER, a POPE. I therefore conclude that Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has a good chance to be the next Pope. Here's the article originally written by Mr. Paterno Emaquel II.



WORLD STAGE. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle holds his audience 'spellbound' – the way Vatican Radio describes it – at the International Eucharistic Congress in 2012 in Dublin. Photo from the IEC websiteWORLD STAGE. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle holds his audience 'spellbound' – the way Vatican Radio describes it – at the International Eucharistic Congress in 2012 in Dublin. Photo from the IEC website

MANILA, Philippines – Why do Vatican watchers consider Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle a papal contender?

His speeches, for one, impress them. Speaking at Vatican conferences, Tagle has driven priests to tears and captivated journalists who, even before Benedict XVI quit the papacy, considered him a papabile.

Rappler compiled transcripts from the Vatican, as well as other official sources, to paint a picture of Tagle on the global stage.

In the following speeches, Tagle – a former member of the Vatican's International Theological Commission – blasts “idols” like the “god of profit,” the “god of 'progress,'” and the “god of national security.” He also hits special treatment for priests, and says the Church needs more humility.

From key Catholic gatherings around the world, we bring you 7 of Tagle's best quotes.
Modern-day idols: profit, progress, national security
WORKERS' CRUSADER. Described as a 'bishop of the poor,' Cardinal Tagle fights for the rights of laborers. File photo from AFPWORKERS' CRUSADER. Described as a 'bishop of the poor,' Cardinal Tagle fights for the rights of laborers. File photo from AFP

“It is sad that those who worship idols sacrifice other people while preserving themselves and their interests. How many factory workers are being denied the right wages for the god of profit? How many women are being sacrificed to the god of domination? How many children are being sacrificed to the god of lust? How many trees, rivers, hills are being sacrificed to the god of 'progress'? How many poor people are being sacrificed to the god of greed? How many defenseless people are being sacrificed to the god of national security?”

(49th International Eucharistic Congress; June 15-22, 2008 in Quebec, Canada)

Best food, wine for priests? 'I am disturbed'
FIGHTING CLERICALISM. Cardinal Tagle says bishops and priests shouldn't receive special treatment. File photo from CBCPFIGHTING CLERICALISM. Cardinal Tagle says bishops and priests shouldn't receive special treatment. File photo from CBCP

“Ecclesiastical customs and persons, when naively and narrowly deified and glorified, might become hindrances to true worship and compassion. I am disturbed when some people who do not even know me personally conclude that my being a bishop automatically makes me closer to God than they could ever be. My words are God’s words, my desires are God’s, my anger is God’s, and my actions are God’s. If I am not cautious, I might just believe it and start demanding the offerings of the best food and wine, money, car, house, adulation, and submission. After all, I am 'God'! I might take so much delight in my stature and its benefits that I might end up being callous to the needs of the poor and the earth.”

(49th International Eucharistic Congress; June 15-22, 2008 in Quebec, Canada)

No to 'triumphalistic, know-it-all' Church
TOO MUCH. For the Bacolod diocese's critics, this is an example of a church that oversteps its boundaries and meddles in partisan politics. Photo by Charlie SacedaTOO MUCH. For the Bacolod diocese's critics, this is an example of a church that oversteps its boundaries and meddles in partisan politics. Photo by Charlie Saceda

“You may be saying the right things but people will not listen if the manner by which you communicate reminds them of a triumphalistic, know-it-all institution.”

(Vatican Radio interview; Oct 24, 2012 in Rome)

Suppression of the poor in Asia: a 'scandal'
HUMAN TRAFFICKING. Filipino children, some of whom fall prey to pedophiles worldwide, campaign against the sex trade. File photo from AFPHUMAN TRAFFICKING. Filipino children, some of whom fall prey to pedophiles worldwide, campaign against the sex trade. File photo from AFP

“It is a scandal that suppression of stories is a daily occurrence in many parts of Asia. The poor, the girl-child, women, refugees, migrants, the minorities, the indigenous peoples, the victims of different types of domestic, political, ethnic violence and the environment are but a few of those whose stories are suppressed. Many are afraid of the stories they will tell. Or are they afraid to hear the truth and its demands?

“The Church tells the story of Jesus whose words often fell on deaf ears and who was executed so that he could be prevented from telling His story. So in Asia the Church pays tribute to Him by allowing itself to be the storyteller of the voiceless so that Jesus’ voice may be heard in their suppressed stories.”

(Asian Mission Congress; Oct 19, 2006 in Chiang Mai, Thailand)

On sex abuse: Hold erring priests accountable



CLOUDS LOOMING. Sex abuse cases involving priests threaten the Catholic Church's credibility. File photoCLOUDS LOOMING. Sex abuse cases involving priests threaten the Catholic Church's credibility. File photo

“The best way to care for the offender is to make him face up to the misconduct.”

(50th International Eucharistic Congress; June 10-17, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland)

'Tragic' effects of lack of listening

AT STAKE. For Cardinal Tagle, Church reform should lead to improving the plight of the poor. File photo from AFPAT STAKE. For Cardinal Tagle, Church reform should lead to improving the plight of the poor. File photo from AFP

“Events in our world show the tragic effects of the lack of listening: conflicts in families, gaps between generations and nations, and violence. People are trapped in a milieu of monologues, inattentiveness, noise, intolerance, and self-absorption. The Church can provide a milieu of dialogue, respect, mutuality and self-transcendence.

“God speaks and the Church, as servant, lends its voice to the Word. But God does not only speak. God also listens especially to the just, widows, orphans, persecuted, and the poor who have no voice. The Church must learn to listen the way God listens and must lend its voice to the voiceless.”

(XII Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops; Oct 5-26, 2008 in Vatican City)

Church 'cannot pretend to give easy solutions'
LISTENING CHURCH. Cardinal Tagle says the Catholic Church should learn compassion. File photo from AFPLISTENING CHURCH. Cardinal Tagle says the Catholic Church should learn compassion. File photo from AFP

“The Church must discover the power of silence. Confronted with the sorrows, doubts and uncertainties of people she cannot pretend to give easy solutions. In Jesus, silence becomes the way of attentive listening, compassion and prayer. It is the way to truth.”

(XIII Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops; Oct 7-28, 2012 in Vatican City)
CHARISMATIC BISHOP. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle is seen as deeply connected to the grassroots. Photo from Tagle's Facebook pageCHARISMATIC BISHOP. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle is seen as deeply connected to the grassroots. Photo from Tagle's Facebook page

Three months after he became a Prince of the Catholic Church, Tagle is now in Rome to elect the next pope. He refuses to answer questions on potentially becoming Benedict XVI's successor. (Read: 'Hope' for Church: Third World pope.)

How does Tagle view the papal elections? His words provide a consistent clue. The Church, for this papabile, is not about power but the plight of the world, especially the poor. – Rappler.com

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Live Your Style with adidas NEO!


How do you express your personality through your style?


Style showcases a unique way of dressing and is the reason why developing your own personal style is important – to showcase the real you! I believe in wearing comfortable set of garments rather than those stiff materials from out of nowhere. Color combinations really pumped up ones personality and mood.



I'm not a fan of colored shoes but when I see the NEO Label Spring 2013 collection, it automatically changed my mind and let me wanna try it. Comes from different color and styles, it will surely rev up ones taste in fashion.

Embrace fun, spontaneity and the unexpected twists in fashion when the adidas NEO Label Spring 2013 collection hits stores in January to March.



Living a carefree journey that lets teens make their own style, NEO will capture attention with unique and innovative fashion and design twists on Spring merchandise. Products have multiple purposes or added value.



NEO will release a fresh product offering each month, spotlighting a fashion trend interpreted in a different way. In March patterns are the highlight, featuring vibrant waves of colour, with subtle patterns that appear to be one thing but on close inspection reveal another. These will include camouflage prints and edgy takes on adidas NEO slogans with a focus on windbreakers and shirts. Sporty, street and lifestyle footwear silhouettes with strong colour and graphic links create the look.

NEO footwear is available in SM and select Robinson’s Department Stores nationwide.



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Friday, March 8, 2013

Women's Rights Advocates!


In lieu of International Women's Day (March 08) and as March being the Women's Month, I would like to share to you the following women in the Philippines who are making a difference in our society which help other individuals to have an empowered spirit, uplifted morality and assistance to achieve peace, justice and equality.

Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel  



        AKBAYAN Spokesperson Risa Hontiveros may have been some votes short when she ran for the Senate in the last elections, but it has not deterred her from being a strong and influential advocate for human rights and gender equality.

        Her time as the party-list representative of the Akbayan Citizens' Action Party in Congress has marked her as a progressive lawmaker and an impressive force that pushed for institutional change. She fought to increase the participation of women legislators in the affairs of the House of Representatives, calling on Congress to “break the glass ceiling” and give women the equal chance to lead.

        Known for defending the rights of the disenfranchised—from the LGBT community's right to representation to the reproductive rights of women—Hontiveros has not been one to back down. She continues to promote the passage of the RH Bill, which she co-authored in the previous Congress, openly addressing the CBCP and its protests, strongly urging the Administration to back its passages, and remains constant as she calls for justice and an end to abusive practices in government.

Senator Pia Cayetano


        Senator Pia Cayetano has taken legislative measures to protect and uphold the rights of Filipino women. She is credited as the principal sponsor of landmark bills such as the “Magna Carta of Women” (RA 9710) which intends to end all forms of gender discrimination and the “Expanded Breastfeeding Act” (RA 10028) which addresses practical need of nursing mothers by requiring DOH-accredited lactation stations in public places and offices. Currently in her second term as senator, she continues to keep an eye on the marginalized sectors in society, particularly on women, children and the elderly. She is Chairperson of Committee on Youth, Women and Family Relations as well as Chairperson of Committee on Health and Demography in the Philippine Senate's 15th Congress.

        Outside the Senate walls, Senator Cayetano, a mother of two and a seasoned triathlete, merges her other passions with her advocacies through charitable programs. She runs “Pinay in Action” fun runs for the benefit of underprivileged women with breast and cervical cancer and “Bike for Hope” events to raise environmental awareness. She has also set up “Gabriel's Symphony Foundation” in memory of her son who passed away as an infant with Trisonomy 13, a rare congenital disease; the foundation supports the needs of children with disabilities and special needs and their parents.

        Senator Cayetano is also an ardent supporter of the Reproductive Health bill, insisting on the need to address the high maternal death rate in the country and the need for a national policy about family planning.

Remedios Ignacio-Rikken


        As Chairperson of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), Remedios “Remmy” Ignacio-Rikken is tasked to address all concerns on women's rights, women empowerment and gender equality in the country. It may be no small task but Remmy Rikken comes fully qualified with a rich history to tap into. PCW is the renewed and reconstituted realization of what used to be the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW). Interestingly, Rikken was once its      
   
        Executive Director when the NCRFW back in 1986 to 1994. With its board, she brought focus to gender equality in government policies and projects. This theme echoes throughout her other endeavors: from spearheading creation of the Philippine Development Plan for Women; founding the National Organization of Filipino Women (PILIPINA) and subsequently advocating the need for Filipinas to be placed of decision-making  positions in community organizations, civic groups and government offices; and working for the political empowerment of women in the region as one of the founders of the Center for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics (CAPWIP).

        When the Magna Carta of Women's Rights was in debate, Rikken actively lobbied for its passage. Her role comes full circle now, as the Magna Carta  paved the way for the formation of the PCW so that the landmark 

 Sister Mary John Mananzan, OSB


        Feminism in a stoutly Catholic third world country is the tricky territory that Sister Mary John Mananzan has been navigating for decades.

        Today, Sister Mary John is Prioress at St. Scholastica's Priory and Founder and Executive Director of the Institute of Women's Studies at St. Scholastica's College. Her direct involvement in the mainstreaming of women's studies as well as her steadfast stand against the oppression of third world women through violence and gender discrimination have established her as one of the backbones of the feminist movement in the Philippines. Recently, Sister Mary John was included in the Women Deliver 100 list, which honors “the most inspiring people delivering for girls and women” from around the world.

        Beginning as an activist for social justice since the Martial Law days in the 1970s, Sister Mary John's role as a passionate advocacy fighter has evolved as a defender of Filipino women's rights. The institutional church is not spared in her criticism, addressing them at various times as being unfairly hierarchical and male-dominated.

        Over the years, Sister Mary John has co-founded various organizations including the Institute of Women's Studies, GABRIELA, Women's Crisis Center, Center for Women's Resources (CWR), Institute of Religion and Culture (IRC) and the Women Historians of the Philippines.

Jean Enriquez


        Jo Enrica “Jean” Enriquez has been a human rights advocate for almost three decades now. Much of her work has focused on international women's rights

        As an international resource person on women's issues, she has spoken on the subjects of trafficking and prostitution, sexuality, health and reproductive rights, as well as women's rights in politics and development in more than 30 countries. Her insight and extensive experience have been sought by the United Nations, various governments, and in conferences around the world.

        As the Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Asia-Pacific (CATWAP), an international network fighting against sexual exploitation of women, Jean Enriquez campaigns against several severe issues—such as trafficking, prostitution, pornography, sex tourism and bride selling. The coalition brings these to global attention through its political advocacy.

        In the Philippines, Jean Enriquez lobbied for and helped draft the “Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act” (RA 9208) which made the country one of the few in Asia to criminalize the recruitment, transfer, transport, harboring or receipt of persons by use of force or abuse. The legislation was created to address, among others, the crucial need to protect women who are desperate for work, many of whom would end up sexually exploited. For Jean Enriquez, this gives Filipinas the means to speak up, seek justice and put a stop to the use of women's bodies for monetary exchange.

Dr. Junice Melgar


        The Likhaan Center for Women's Health is a collective of health advocates and professionals. The NGO works for the rights of disadvantaged women and communities to non-discriminatory health care and women-sensitive health policies and programs.

        At its helm is Dr. Junice Melgar, Likhaan's Executive Director. Here, she carries out her advocacy for women's health as a feminist-activist breaking down traditional ideologies that prevent women from having access to information about their choices in life, health and their relationships.

        Under her leadership, Likhaan's health initiatives serve poor communities in various provinces. PiLAKK assists women during maternal and other medical emergencies. Primary health clinics provide family planning, emergency obstetric care and post-abortion care. Research-based reproductive health advocacy helped build a government birthing center and contributes to debates on sexuality, maternal care contraception, unsafe abortion, family planning, and the importance of an RH law.

        Dr. Melgar is also Secretary-General of the Reproductive Health Advocacy Network (RHAN), the country's largest working network of organizations advocating for reproductive health programs and policies.

Elizabeth Angsioco


        As Chairperson for the Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines (DSWP), women empowerment, particularly of those from the marginalized sector, is the mission of Beth Angsioco.

        She has taken a very active and visible role in supporting laws that champion the rights of women such as the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) Act, the Quezon City Reproductive Health Code, and the Magna Carta of Women (MCW). These days, you will find her in rallies, debates, and hearings about the pending Reproductive Health bill of which she is a loud and unflinching advocate.

        Besides her participation in legislative procedures, Angsioco participates in projects that directly benefits disenfranchised women. Empowerment for this community needs to be in the form of something practical, tangible, and liberating, such as a micro-credit program for poor women, an anti-violence fund and assistance program for victims and survivors of rape and abuse, or a skills training program for unschooled women.

        In 2004, Angioco's persistent efforts in promoting women's rights were recognized when she received the Silver Rose Award in Denmark.



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Women say NO to Corporate Mining!


Women say YES to Development!                            
Women say NO to Corporate Mining!


International Women’s Day. 08 March 2013.  Today, we celebrate our hopes, our rights, our voices, our movements as we continue to work towards the elimination of violence and discrimination, our right to self-determination, our right to decide on our bodies, communities and natural resources. We voice out the development we want. We move towards equality and justice. We dance until we are all free.

As we celebrate this day we stand firm against those who dare to violate our hopes, our rights, our voices, and our movements.  We stand firm against those who dare to destroy the lives we choose to live and the future we dream  for our children. WE STAND FIRM AGAINST CORPORATE MINING, for mining companies dared to poison us, kill us, displace us, prostitute us, exploit us.    

Women Say NO to Corporate Mining -
Photo from CATW-AP Facebook Page

MINING POISONS our food and waters – mine tailings seeping through the water system, backhoes excavating our rice fields, coastal areas and mountains.  Women toil more than twelve hours a day to produce and secure food for their families, to bring water to their homes, to gather medicines from their forests.  Women regard the land and water as source of life; but yes, mining corporations easily disregard the value of life.

MINING DISPLACES rural women – away from their homes, their farms, their municipal waters, their forests.  With diminishing sources of income due to degradation of their natural resources, rural women have to find work in the cities or abroad, with the risk of falling prey to trafficking and prostitution.  Women are driven away from their families and communities; but yes, mining corporations easily disregard the value of family and community.

MINING WORSENS prostitution – peddling entertainment to investors and their male workers, peddling women next to the produce of the mines. Young women get attracted to jobs near the mining areas, many fall victims to empty promises of better incomes at the cost of their bodies and dignity; but yes, mining corporations easily disregard a person’s dignity.

MINING EXPLOITS workers – subjecting them to inhuman conditions and various risks to health and danger without any occupational safety hazards, without security of tenure, without decent pay. The government promotes mining for job creation but it has not delivered any impact on employment; but yes, mining corporations easily disregard the dignity of work.

MINING KILLS indigenous women – Juvy Capion’s and Cheryl Ananayo’s children sleep at night grieving the loss of their mothers, whose last cries were for their ancestral domains.  Indigenous women laid their lives for their ancestral lands not because they wanted to merely benefit or profit from it, but because they wanted to protect the ties that bind them as a people, their cultural identity and integrity.  This is the reason why there is the free prior informed consent (FPIC) that would protect indigenous communities from threats of encroachment; but yes, mining corporations easily disregard the right to self-determination, and bastardize the very spirit of FPIC.


Women Organizations in the Philippines performs a flash mob as they say 
"Yes to Development, No to Corporate Mining!"


With all its dominance and violence, corporate mining perpetuates patriarchy.  It has deprived women’s voice to be heard in the communities. It has justified militarization in the country side.   With all its capitalist greed, multinational mining corporations perpetuate wanton exploitation of the environment, and undermines national sovereignty.  It has worsened impacts of climate change. It has threatened food sovereignty and national patrimony. But mining corporations cannot do it by themselves; but yes, government has long been by their side.

Today, in one voice, women from different communities, and languages, say –

Mining poisons our food and water.
Mining kills indigenous women.
Mining exploits workers.
Mining displaces rural women.
Mining worsens prostitution.
STOP corporate mining!

Pursue a development path that uplifts the dignity and lives of the Filipino communities, nurtures the natural resources and environment, and eliminates all forms of violence against women.

Akbayan–Youth • Alliance of Progressive Labor • Amnesty International • Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) • Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) • Asian Circle 1325 •  Bagong Kamalayan • BATIS • Batis-AWARE • Buklod • Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino – Kababaihan •  CATW-AP • Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA) • Children's Legal Rights and Development Center, Inc • DAKILA Palawan Collective • Development Action for Women Network • Filipino Deaf Women Health and Crisis Center (FDWHCC) • Focus on the Global South • Free Burma Coalition • Freedom from Debt Coalition • Initiatives for International Dialogue • Kababaihan-Pilipinas • KAISA-KA • KAMP • Kasibulan • Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center (LRC-KsK/Friends of the Earth-Phils) • LILAK (Purple Action for Women’s Rights) • Medical Action Group • MFA • Partido Lakas ng Masa • Partido ng Manggagawa • PAHRA • PEACE • Philrights • Piglas Kababaihan • PKKK • PREDA • RENEW • Rice Watch and Action Network (R1) • SARILAYA • Transform Asia • Unlad Kabayan • WEDPRO • WomanHealth Phils. • Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau • Welga ng Kababaihan • Women’s Crisis Center • Youth and Students Advancing Gender Equality (YSAGE) • World March of Women – Pilipinas • numerous courageous individuals who joined through the event's facebook page


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Friday, March 1, 2013

Cinemalaya 2013 Finalists Named



Now on it's 9th year, Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition announced recently through the Cinemalaya Foundation the Finalists for the New Breed category and the Directors Showcase for the 2013 .



The 10 finalists for the New Breed category are:



·               Diplomat Hotel by Christopher Ad. Castillo


A disgraced reporter seeks redemption by leading his documentary crew to spend one night and tell the story of what really happened at the haunted and infamous The Diplomat Hotel in Baguio City.

·               Transit by Hannah Espia


Moises, a single dad working in Israel, must now accompany his 4-year old son, Joshua, back to the Philippines after the Israeli government declared that children of foreign workers will be deported.

·               Siyam/Nuwebe by Joseph Israel Laban


Inspired by the actual story of one of the youngest mothers in Philippine history, “Siyam” follows the story of Krista who at the tender age of 9 got pregnant from the sexual abuse perpetrated by her own father. Her story is complex. Krista refuses to see herself as a victim. With an almost documentary style, “Siyam” follows Krista’s story as she demonstrates a level of resilience uncommon for her age. Her mother, on the other hand, is torn between her love for her child and her love for her husband.

·               Babagwa by Jason Paul C. Laxamana


An internet scammer falls in love with a rich old maid while trying to swindle her using a fake Facebook profile.

·               Primera Bella by Richard S. Legaspi


 “Primera Bella” is the story of a young man haunted by a tragic past who escapes from his childhood to mend his ways and make up for all the wrongdoings he had done for the sake of his one true love, Bella.

Update:

Richard S. Legaspi’s “Prima Bella” has pulled out of the Cinemalaya festival’s New Breed section and was replaced by “Instant Mommy,” Tess Rances, deputy festival director, told the Inquirer.


·               Instant Mommy by Leo Abaya


Story of a summer's journey of Bechayda amidst a highly visualized world where the video screen reigns supreme. Bechayda is a wardrobe mistress in TV commercials who pretends to be pregnant to keep her Japanese fiance.

·               Purok 7 by Carlo Obispo


“PUROK SIETE” is a countryside dramedy (drama-comedy) that follows 14-year-old Diana and her younger brother who live by themselves after their mother went abroad and their father lived with another woman. Set in a remote purok, where people display positive outlook in life despite daily struggles, the film features the light side of country lifestyle as the main characters take advantage of the fun and thrills of the town festival to take hold of their sweet childhood.

·               David F by Emmanuel Palo


"DAVID F." is the story of the Afro-American solider who sided with the Filipinos during the war.  It's a 3-stories-in-one film about blacks.

·               Rekorder by Mikhail Red


 “REKORDER” tells the story of a former 1980's film cameraman who now currently works as a movie pirate operating in present day Manila. He routinely smuggles a digital camcorder into movie theaters in order to illegally record films. One night he records something else... And the footage goes viral.

·               Quick Change by Eduardo Roy Jr.


Various stories of transgenders in the Philippines.

·               Debosyon by Alvin B. Yapan


Mando, a Bicolano devotee of Ina, Virgin of Pe├▒afrancia, injures himself.  He will be nursed back to health by a mysterious woman, Salome, living at the foot of Mount Mayon.  They will fall in love with each other. Salome holds a secret that will devastate Mando's love for her; while Mando relies on his devotion to the Virgin of Pe├▒afrancia to lift a curse that involves his life.

The 5 finalists for the Directors Showcase are:



·               Porno by Adolf B. Alix, Jr.


“PORNO” is a powerful story about individuals linked by pornography.

·               Amor’y Muerte by Cesar Evangelista


Set in 16th century, "Amor Y Muerte" (means "love and death") is an examination of the initial encounter between the Indios (natives) and their colonizers (Spaniards) and their conflicting views on love, passion, religion, and sexuality.

·               Extra by Jeffrey Jeturian


A socio-realist drama-comedy about a woman who works as "extra" or bit player in indie films. A tribute to the small people in the indsutry (extras).

·               The Liars by Gil M. Portes


 Based on a real-life sports scandal, “THE LIARS” traces the incredible rise and the humiliating fall of a humble Filipino baseball team of young boys in an international baseball competition in 1990s.

·               Sana Dati by Jerrold Tarog


“SANA DATI” is a love story about a woman whose wedding is thrown into disarray when a mysterious person arrives and reminds her of the man she really loves. It is the third part of JERROLD TAROG's Camera Trilogy after CONFESSIONAL (Cinema One Originals 2007) and MANGATYANAN (Cinemalaya 2009).



Cinemalaya is an all-digital film festival and competition that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers.  In addition to New Breed category, which is the main competition category, and the Directors Showcase, Cinemalaya has a Short Film competition and other sections for exhibition films.  Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Film Development Council of the Philippines and Econolink Investments, Inc.


This year, Cinemalaya will be held on July 26 to August 4, 2013 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Greenbelt 3, and Trinoma.

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