Category: Opinion

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Blood and fire and happy endings

El Nino phenomenon hits Philippines. Drought ravages lumad (indigenous peoples) farms. Lumad farmers ask help from government. Government provides assistance to farmers. Farmers no longer hungry. Farmers plant for next year’s harvest. Farmers harvest rice. Everybody eats. They live happily ever after. End of story.

Except it didn’t exactly happen that way.

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On grieving for not-so-bright futures

I have a very bright and inquisitive 16-year old nephew. He plans to graduate from high school two years from now (he was supposed to finish high school this year, but the new K12 program caught up with him), take a science-related course or music (he still hasn’t decided),  and then take on the world with a relish only people his age have. I smile as I imagine what he can become.

And then I grieve. Not for my nephew. He has it practically made, lucky him.