LeadershipRebuilding our Nation

The Final RORO

Sunday evening. The PPCRV quick count confirms that the final choice of the Filipino electorate is RORO: Rodrigo-Robredo. I first heard this version of RORO last April. An anti-martial law activist, who knew I was for   Roxas-Robredo, teased me: “I am also for RORO,” he said. “But Rodrigo-Robredo.” Like many activists, we agreed to

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The Other RORO

I started writing this third blog on the night before election day. It is part of my attempt to understand those with whom I disagree – those who prefer the other RORO. The idea of the other RORO comes from a mischievous Facebook post that used the yellow symbol of The Silent Majority to promote

LeadershipRebuilding our Nation

RORO and Patient Impatience

People have asked me: “What have you learned from the nine years you spent in prison under martial law?” My stand-up comedy answer: Don’t forget to remember not to forget the 11th Commandment – “Thou shalt not get caught!” Joking aside, of the many lessons learned from prison, the one I value most is this:

LeadershipRebuilding our Nation

RORO: Between Honesty and Hope

“Tatay, bakit hindi ka pa nag-post ng personal declaration mo for Mar and Leni?” My daughter Ayen reminded me three days ago. “Obvious na naman sa mga posts ko sa Facebook,” I said. “Kailangan pa ba?” She persisted: “Sige na, may mga nakikinig sa iyo. Makakadagdag pa rin.” Passionate and public This campaign has engaged

LeadershipRebuilding our Nation

Remembering Ka Pepe Diokno

Tomorrow, February 27, Ka Pepe Diokno would have turned 94. A few days back, I received this invitation via Facebook:  On the occasion of the 94th Birth Anniversary of the “Father of Human Rights in the Philippines”- the Honorable Jose W. Diokno- the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) will honor his legacy by dedicating and

Family and Friends

How Do We Keep Remembering?

Seven years ago, I remember staying up till early morning in our house in Naujan, struggling to finish a blog. It was about my mother who had just died that noon of February 13, after a lingering illness. I called it “The End of a Long Goodbye.” Tonight, at the same house, I think back

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Lifelong LearningSustainable Agriculture

Art and Self-Confidence

During the Philippine Natural and Organic Products Expo, I was asked to create some line drawings on organic agriculture, for an adult colouring book. At one of the Expo learning sessions, I gave a short talk on the line drawings I made and gave tips on how to color them. For example, don’t fill up

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Lifelong LearningRebuilding our Nation

Yaya Dub and the Lumads

“Tatay, why don’t you blog about Aldub?” Ayen asked me the other weekend, as she and her cousins savoured their kilig experience of Aldub: Sa Tamang Panahon. And also tried to figure out why. That got me reading commentaries and analyses of the “Aldub phenomenon.” The first extended comment I read, and liked, is Michael

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Renewing our spiritTheology of struggle

September 21: The Way We Were

Every year, on September 21, we gather to remember the declaration of martial law in 1972. That’s 43 years ago! For a senior citizen, that is more than half of my life. That’s why when I think back by my lonesome, the details blur. Sometimes, even the emotions. It helps to remember in the company of