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Reproductive Rights for Filipino Women

Elisa - Reproductive Rights for Filipino Women

This rivetting story starts with the story of Elisa, who would have wanted only three (3) children, but ended up having with eight (8) children.

So what happened? What would have been the kind of life Elisa could have had, if she got her wish -- to have just three children?

Elisa's life story may become simply an anectode told only in this video, that will just as soon be drowned in the tens of millions videos and images already in the internet, and those yet to come.

The tragic reality is that Elisa's story is not isolated; even if each story might have their own their own unique twists and turns.

The "rosy picture" I wish for Elisa will come true, if she lives long enough to ensure her children grow up, and face the realities of life, as she did.




Sex, the Catholic Church and Explosive Population Growth in the Philippines

This three-part BBC documentary (see note at the end) uses "the interview" technique -- of the "common tao", government officials (including the former Mayor of Manila, and former President Joseph Estrada), ordinary Catholic priests -- to present the underlying and sometimes opposing forces that contribute to the explosive population growth of the Philippines.

The Philippines has the highest growth rate among the highly-populated countries of the world. Consider these statistics, in 1950 the Philippines has a population of just over 20million -- four fold less than that of Japan. By 2025, which is only 15 years away, the Philippines will have a population more than Japan. Among the 10 largest countries of the world in 1950, all had populations greater than 47million. France was #12th (42M) in 1950.  The Philippines overtook France in 1984 (PHI 56M), Italy and United Kingdom in 1985 (PHI 57.7M), Germany in 2001 (PHI 83M), and is projected to overtake Japan in 2023 (PHI 127M) and Russia in 2024 (PHI 129M).

Last Updated ( Friday, 08 October 2010 12:34 )


Pilipinas Kong Mahal

The short song, written by Francisco Santiago, while not the official pledge of allegiance usually recited by Filipinos, is a more heartfelt declaration of one's love and duty to one's country.

Most Filipinos know this song by heart; and there are quite a few renditions of this song by different Filipino artists. Read the lyrics below.



Last Updated ( Friday, 08 October 2010 20:07 )


Ako ay Pilipino

Ako ay Pilipino is a declaration of one's pride for one's county. Many Filipino artists have their own rendition of this beloved song. The one chosen here was sung by Kuh Ledesma.



Read the lyrics below.


Last Updated ( Friday, 08 October 2010 20:08 )


The Art of Juan Luna by Eric Torres

Juan Luna, like his colleague Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, was the first Filipino artist to gain international fame this way. But for Luna it was not a simple matter of gaining personal glory for himself as an artist that made him join the Salons of Madrid, Barcelona, and Munich; it was also a matter of patriotic duty. He was an active member of that band of Filipino intellectuals in Europe dedicated to the principles of nationalism in the 1880s and 90s: Rizal, Del Pilar, Lopez-Jaena, among the leading lights. It is difficult to talk of Luna without taking into account the context of Philippine political history and the unusual position he occupied in it.


Last Updated ( Friday, 08 October 2010 20:08 )




by Carlos A. Angeles

C.A. Angeles ends his walk on the beach of "Gabu" with this musing:

" ... The vital splendor misses. For here, here
At Gabu where the ageless tide recurs
All things forfeited are most loved and dear.

It is the sea pursues a habit of shores. "

Last Updated ( Friday, 08 October 2010 20:09 )

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