Category: Philippines

Buhay Migrante, Isang Tula

My favorite poet, Melanie Dulfo, wrote a poem called, Buhay Migrante, Isang Tula, and it is awesome. For my Tagalog speakers and readers, here you are.

Kiskisan

The morning before the International Women’s Alliance conference in Manila, delegates from Gabriela USA were invited to participate in the Philippine-American “friendship” day, to protest the unequal relations between the US and the Philippines. We decided that it was important to participate in a mobilization to the US embassy, or “emba” as the kasamas here call it, because after all we are from the … Read More Kiskisan

Contradictions

I love the contradictions of the Philippines. Jeeps and ignored traffic lanes Mobilization and repression Malls and poverty Drainage and floods — Just two days ago, my FiRE sisters and i went to Barangay Damayan Lagi, a shanty town next to the San Juan river in Quezon City. Most of the residents have lived in that urban poor community for 20 some odd years, inheriting … Read More Contradictions

Diwang Pinay

Sunday, March 6, 2011 – 2pm matinee and 7pm and March 13, 2011 – 2pm matinee and 7pm DIWANG PINAY: Kasaysayan sa Likod ng Babaeng Manggagawa The Story Behind the Woman Worker Hunter College-Lang Recital Hall http://WWW.FIRENYC.ORG Hunter College-Lang Recital Hall 695 Park Ave. New York, NY.10065 Buy your tickets now!!! https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/148331 Since February 2010, a group of Filipino women across generations, both age … Read More Diwang Pinay

Epifanio De Los Santos

Context: I just got back from the Philippines. Like. Yesterday. All of us climbed into a van headed to Quezon City, all 12 of us. As we passed by “Our Lady of Peace” and made a right onto Edsa, my sister, Alexie, asked our aunt, MamaNes, “What is that?” She began to tell us the story of EDSA, 25 years ago. She talked about … Read More Epifanio De Los Santos

Un-Warren-ted Assumptions

Last week, wrote a bit about the Filipino nurses in California, via California Nurses’ Association (CNA) filing a lawsuit against California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) about hiring discrimination against Filipino nurses. After the news of this discrimination suit spread through local and national circuits, Warren Browner, the CEO of CPMC released the below letter to Terry Valen, the organizational director of San Francisco’s Filipino … Read More Un-Warren-ted Assumptions

IWA!

My organization, Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE) (see http://www.firenyc.org), just went on a summer field trip to Montreal to participate in the Montreal International Women’s Conference and the founding assembly of anti-imperialist, grassroots women’s organizations from around the world, called International Women’s Alliance! This is what happened in Montreal last weekend: There are more action pictures but these were kinda my faves. That’s … Read More IWA!

maligayang pagdating

so really this is the first time, i’ve actually sat down and thought about my trip to the philippines with some type of reflection and reflexivity. and the funny thing is, i’m already here. in the real time hustle and bustle of my life in the Big Apple, i was super uber still trying to do work, tie up loose ends, save files, get … Read More maligayang pagdating