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Gen X: The Bridge Generation

September 12, 2014

by ronvil

Beautiful piece by Mong Palatino on a generation that knows the past, sees the future, and is able to understand both and translate the language of one to the other.

We bridge the generation that experienced the horrors of war and the generation today that plays virtual wars. We were told by our elders to revive the affluent past yet we experienced only the fading away of this world. Our young could only refer to it as the mythical gilded age. Nation-building was the task of citizens who belonged in a collective (family, union, cooperative, club) but today it is supposedly the combined achievement of anonymous citizens. The mysterious “invisible hand”, it seems, has prevailed over the clinched fist at the moment.

Misconceptions against rallies

July 2, 2014

by ronvil

Great list by Mong, all of which I totally agree with. Especially No. 2:

2. Rali na lang nang rali ang mga aktibista. Wrong. We have too many meetings and only few rallies. I wish the reverse were true but the reality is that our time, energy, and attention are spent on attending and holding meetings. Meeting of community leaders and members, meeting with policymakers, meeting of mass organizations. Meetings during breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including weekends. What do we do everyday? Education sessions, lobbying, networking, community integration, forum organizing. A rally is actually the culmination of a particular campaign. It is counterproductive to hold rallies every now and then without first investigating and studying the issue, launching an awareness and information drive, and recruiting new members.

It’s okay. We had each other

July 1, 2014

by ronvil

From an article in Bulatlat, profiling the love story between jailed communist leaders Wilma Austria and Benito Tiamzon.

For years, they walked barefoot as wearing slippers at that time was considered bourgeois. They travelled on foot for days, sleep on makeshift tents and use sacks as blankets.

“Wasn’t it cold at night?” the couple was asked.

“It’s okay. We had each other,” Wilma said.

Monster Brotherhoods

June 30, 2014

by ronvil

The Inquirer:

One reason has to be the perception that the state is unable or unwilling to punish those who engage in hazing. Fraternities especially in the legal profession have consistently resisted attempts to punish even those convicted of involvement in fatal hazing rites.

This is hardly surprising, since many, of the country’s top officials are also members of fraternities and these organisations helped give a jump start to the careers of many, political or professional.

Pahayag para sa Pagpapatibay ng Wikang Filipino bilang mga Sabjek sa Kolehiyo

June 25, 2014

by ronvil

Mga guro ng Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas, Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura, Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, Diliman hinggil sa CHED Memo No. 20 Series of 2013:

Ang Wikang Filipino ay Susi, ng Kaalamang Bayan. Nasa wika ang pagtatanyag ng kaalamang lokal—mga kaalamang patuloy na hinubog at humuhubog sa bayan.

The Internet with a Human Face

June 19, 2014

by ronvil

Maciej Cegłowski gave a great talk he later wrote out in The Internet With A Human Face.

Imagine if there was only one bar in Düsseldorf, or all of Germany, and if you wanted to hang out with your friends, you had to go there. And when you did, there were cameras everywhere, and microphones, and you were constantly being interrupted by people selling you stuff. That’s the situation that obtains with Facebook today.

Surveillance as a business model is the only thing that makes a site like Facebook possible.

Read this. I don’t care if you don’t have the time to. Make time.

I’m back!

June 16, 2014

by ronvil

After a month of being away for a series of activities, I’m finally back in Manila.


Beginning in the middle of May, I stayed for nearly two weeks at Daanbantayan, Cebu to oversee a Theater and Visual Arts workshop for children-survivors of Typhoon Yolanda, as part of the Crispin B. Beltran Resource Center‘s commemoration of the 6th death anniversary of Ka Bel.

This meant coordinating with grassroots organizations, children-participants and artists for a one-day art workshop, originally meant for only forty children.

As D-day approached however, it was very difficult to say no to very eager participants so we had to stretch the little budget we had and expand the number of participants to eighty!

I never really expected how much of a success the activity would be and how that would be fulfilling until the end of the day, when the children from the theater group showed their performances and those from the visual arts group displayed their pastel painting and clay sculptures.

Children creating their pastel paintings on the theme Si Yolanda at Ako

Children from the visual arts group busy creating their pastel paintings on the theme Si Yolanda at Ako (Yolanda and Me)

Camarines Norte

A few days after coming back to Manila, I had to join a research team from the CBBRC in conducting household surveys for a community in Camarines Norte that appears to have a high concentration of child laborers due to the small-scale mining activities being conducted in their Barangay.

A miner prepares to go underground

A miner from one of the many wells that in the village prepares to go underground in search of gold

Also part of our trip was for the opening of classes for the Bata Balik-Eskwela Program of the Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research (EILER) which seeks to provide non-formal education for out of school children as a means of combating child-labor.

In the coming days, I will be posting some stories, observations and notes on being part of these activities, which, though physically draining, was very fulfilling.

Hello again, World

June 3, 2014

by ronvil

Hello again, world!

After a long hiatus and with the gracious prodding of friends, I have decided to resurrect this website and completely redesign it, transforming it into both a blog and a portfolio of my work as a jack-of-all-trades.

In order to ensure a clean break from the past, I have decided to completely erase everything I have written before in this site and begin again with a fresh, clean slate.

So, this is my first post. Fingers crossed that it won’t be my last.