Bird Feed

Song for new beginnings

January 1, 2020

Protests against corruption, unemployment and indecent wages, lack of services, and policies undermining people’s socio-economic and democratic rights; trade wars between the world’s superpowers; and culprits’ lack of accountability to address climate change, took the global center stage in the passing year. In the Philippines, blatant military and police attacks on the poor, the basic […]

November Ends

November 30, 2019

AWIT!

November 4, 2019

Can’t afford to die

October 31, 2019

My friend’s lola died last month. She was dear to me, as I grew up without grandparents and she was the lola I never had. She once left the country to work as a domestic helper to ensure that all of her eight children would finish school. She liked gardening and ballroom dancing. She loved […]

Not a book review: Technology advancement for whom?

October 27, 2019

One afternoon two well-meaning colleagues recommended a reading for me. Well, actually there were two reading recommendations. But after a five-minute discussion between themselves, they settled with Ha-Joon Chang’s Economics: The User’s Guide published by Penguin Group in 2014. They must’ve really wanted me to read it because one morning, there was a copy on […]

Until our Mary Janes come home

October 22, 2019

Did you also feel your world stop in 2015 when we thought that Indonesia had executed overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Mary Jane Veloso? Please, not another Flor Contemplacion, not another OFW coming home in a balikbayan box. Putting her kids through school was Mary Jane’s only compulsion for leaving her family and homeland for any […]

My journey as a Jeepney operator’s wife

October 8, 2019

The year 1993 was the beginning of my journey as a jeepney operator’s wife. Two years before that, I got married to a First Quarter Storm (FQS) student activist.  In his forties, he was torn between leading a “normal life” (to marry and have kids) after being incarcerated in Bicutan for a year (he was arrested […]

Salamat po, Guro ko

October 5, 2019

Sa lahat ng Guro na maagang gumigising araw-araw kahit medyo puyat pa sa paglalamay sa paggawa ng lesson plan, salamat po. Sa lahat ng Guro na sa araw-araw ay nakikipagpatintero at habulan sa dyip at bus at nagiging isang mandirigma pagpasok sa mga bagon ng MRT at LRT para lang maka-abot sa tamang oras ng […]