Discriminate This

Let us talk about discrimination. Let us talk about being categorized, labeled, branded, or generalized – Muslim, Jew, Christian, black, brown, Asian, Indian, fat, gay, native, nerd, Abo, and more. Let us talk about grouping people based on the color of their skin, the religion they practiced, the … [Read more...]

Children In Crisis

When I was waiting to board, I listened to passengers of Cebu Pacific grumble (not just in one, but two airports on the same day) about the delayed flights and lousy service they were receiving from the airline’s staff, I watched frustratingly how their children were fiddling with their gadgets, … [Read more...]

Why Not

Let’s acknowledge it. Women are weavers of the social fabric of our communities. Everyday, a woman surmounts incalculable challenges – preparing meals, breastfeeding a child, giving birth, laboring to put food on the table, nursing the sick, helping with the homework, dealing with the teenage … [Read more...]

We Are Humanitarians

August 19 is just around the corner, Humanitarian Day, and for a country that celebrates a minimum of twenty-eight (Yes, 28! excluding local observances) holidays  a year, it will probably go unnoticed. But, for thousands of aid workers out there, this day is worth celebrating. While lazing about … [Read more...]

How Are You, Tacloban?

I had a long conversation with a close friend last week. Like most of my volunteer friends, she was one of the aid workers based in Tacloban who were continually fighting a good fight to rebuild one of the Philippines’ former fastest growing cities. She said that they were celebrating because it has … [Read more...]