SI ERNIE

SI ERNIE

SI ERNIE, ANG KAIBIGAN KONG ITA Sa alaala na lang malinaw ang dating yaman nila Ernie. Ang imahe ng dating malawak na lupaing tinutubuan ng samu’t saring mga gulay at prutas na makakain ng mga hayop at tao ay isang alaalang nananatiling buo sa kanyang pusong puno pa rin ng pag-asang matatamasa muli. Sagana sa pagkain at tubig ang buhay noon, bukang bibig ng kaibigan kong Ita nang magsimula siya magkuwento tungkol sa buhay nila noon bago pumutok ang Bulkang Pinatubo. Nakatingin siya sa malayo, kaliwa’t kanan ang pagtuturo habang pilit pinaiintindi kung gaano kalawak ang lugar nila noon. “Ang daming pagkain noon. Nagtatanim kami ng ampalaya, gabi, pinya. Madami!” Pagmamalaki ni Ernie habang ipinapakita kung gaano kalalaki ang mga gulay na naaani niya noon. “Ganito kalaki!” Idiniretso ni Ernie ang kanyang humigit kumulang limampung taong gulang na braso para ipakita na ganoon kalaki ang mga ampalayang inaani niya noon, ga-braso. Ganoon din daw halos kalaki ang mga isda na hinuhuli nila...
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On MMK’s recent episode

On MMK’s recent episode

On MMK’s recent episode: The true story of Roman King revealed On Maala-ala Mo Kaya’s (MMK’s) recent episode which aired on March 24 2018, we were promised a dramatization of the life of Norman King, the first Aeta who graduated in the University of the Philippines (UP). The achievement of Norman King received positive reactions by the general public and on social media; Despite the reality such attainment is never the usual case for an Aeta because of systemic and socio-economic factors, we are among those who were pleased with the education that Norman King attained, as we also believe that all Indigenous People have a right to higher education. But in the actual episode, instead of merely celebrating Norman King's achievement, the limelight and the lead role falls unto Norman’s father, Roman King, portrayed as a hero. Here we had to draw a line and expose the truth, for as much as we are glad of Norman King's achievement we cannot...
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ChaCha: The casualties

ChaCha: The casualties

ChaCha: To More State-Sponsored Land Grabbing and Imperialist Plunder. On Photo: KAMANDAG Artists joined mass-movement against charter change. The supermajority of the Congress is taking its steps to amend the constitution as per the precept of President Duterte. The focus of the amendment is the shift of the Philippines to a Federal Government, that will divide the country into five states: The state of Luzon, the state of Visayas, the state of Mindanao, the state of Bangsamoro and the state of Metro Manila. The Philippines for Sale On the declaration of Federal-State Principles and Policies, it will remove our two current economic principles that states, “the State shall develop a self-reliant and independent national economy effectively controlled by the Filipinos” and “The State shall promote comprehensive rural development and agrarian reform”, thus, the 60-40 limit of foreign equity will be removed, so the Philippines will allow 100% ownership of lands and companies from foreign investors. The result of this action leads to more oppression,...
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Obliterating A Race

Obliterating A Race

Projects, to Obliterate Aeta Race  Aeta Tribes currently live on the mountain range in Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, and Tarlac. Various tribal elders reveal that they once lived in the plains: The men were hunters that provided meat for the family; while the women worked on farms, took care of the kids,and cooked the meat from the hunt. The Aetas lived peacefully; nature provided all of their needs --from clothing, shelter, up to their daily necessities. Colonizers tried to steal their ancestral lands but none was successful. Unfortunately, because of the widespread dominion of our colonizers, the Aetas have been gradually pushed from the plains to the mountains ranges. Since then, Aeta Tribes continued to struggle because of their displacement from their initial location. In today’s time, Indigenous people continue to suffer from the imminent plunder of their ancestral domains; and the constant threat of displacement; and worse, the obliteration of their entire history, culture, and race. The struggle for the right to self-determination...
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