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On untranslatable words from Philippine languages

My birth certificate affirms my Filipino citizenship, and I have always imagined myself as someone fluent in Filipino. But after relocating far from Manila, it didn’t take long for me to realize that my idea of Filipino — both as a language and an identity — is more construct than reality, and is far from being whole. Living in the Bangsamoro and struggling to speak in languages I am yet to learn has taught me that there was so much more to learn about myself and my country. Speaking in Filipino comes with a lifelong process of learning and becoming, and it can only be limited by our refusal to embrace the life and language of people and places still unknown to us.

Not a history of Filipinos, but histories

To say never forget and never again is to recognize Martial Law as a distant memory that we refuse to relive – an understandable sentiment, but is one that is also mildly unmindful of the fact that elsewhere Martial Law was never distant nor has it ended completely. As the fear of Martial Law going beyond the bounds of Mindanao builds, there is a need to assess where our sincere concern for those at the periphery ends and where our self-interest begins. Once Martial Law is lifted in Mindanao, will we still care about the issues that plague the south or will some of us go back to living our separate lives?

Fresh graduate among last to leave Marawi

“You’re lucky you have fireworks for your graduation,” Airah’s relatives joked, as the firefight between local terror groups and the military went on in the heart of Marawi City. Airah Mustapha, a Maranao, earned her degree in medical technology on May 28, 2017 – the sixth day of a conflict that has now been going on for ten days. Within just a few hours after receiving her diploma, she was roused from sleep and was told by her mother to pack her things.
CNN Philippines

On Senator Sotto, sexist language and how we can resist it

Let us speak out against those who speak of women, especially single moms, with prejudice. Let us call out gender biases when it comes to views on parenting roles, and remind each other that it takes a village to raise a child. Let us fight and change the system that makes single parenthood all the more difficult, instead of condemning single parents and leaving them to fend for their children’s lives and rights themselves. Together, let us assert our right to quality healthcare, livable wages, and decent housing. If we feel so strongly about the rights and dignity of single parents, let's take part in the collective struggle for rights and dignity for all.
Philippine Star

To end a struggle: The fall of Camp Abubakar and what remains

It has been sixteen years since the fall of Camp Abubukar, but the struggle did not end with the dismantling of camps and death of Moro revolutionaries. As long as there is a refusal to confront the truths of our shared history, as long as there is a failure to understand and celebrate our differences, and as long as there is a child who longs to belong in a country she calls home, the struggle will not end. The struggle never ends for the oppressed.
GMA News Online

Valedictorian from Mamasapano tearfully pleads: Invest in education, not war

"Sa totoo lang, naiisip ko na sana araw-araw na lang ang graduation, dahil walang military operation." As far as valedictory speeches go, Norombai Utto's words spoke not only of her hopes, but also that of her community in Barangay Tukanalipao — the village that became the stage of a firefight between members of an elite police force, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and other armed groups, which led to the deaths of more than 60 people.
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Inquirer apologizes for labeling Muslim woman 'security risk'

The Philippine Daily Inquirer has apologized for a lead-in caption that labeled a Muslim woman in a front-page photo wearing a traditional dress a "Security Risk?" last May 9, saying “sorry to those who have taken offense over the caption head.” According to a statement released by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), the woman in the photo is the wife of a top Muslim official in the Aquino administration and is the mother of one of the Regional Assemblymen who was sworn in that
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Her name is Jennifer

It’s a shame that it took reports of an American Marine suspected of killing a transgender Filipino for us to be particular with how the media tackle transgender issues and, by extension, LGBT issues. A quick Google search using the search term “Jennifer Laude” will show us an easily corrected but continuously peddled mistake. In identifying the victim, a network uses “Jeffrey Laude alias ‘Jennifer,’” and another settles for “Jeffrey Laude also known as ‘Jennifer.’” An online news outlet expla
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Ok luv u

After more than a decade of texting, I’ve concluded that our parents, especially our fathers, have standard text messages: “Cge” (which means they agree with whatever has been said), “Bkt?” (which means they demand an explanation), and “K” (which can mean almost anything from “sure, no problem” to “sure, go ahead but if I find out, you’re dead”). My dad uses all three. Sometimes he uses all-caps, which makes him “sound” angry or impatient even if he really isn’t. For him, text messaging is supp