It had been nearly 5 months since a war between government troops and Maute group terrorists triggered in Marawi City when the military attempted to arrest Isnilon Hapilon, the veteran terrorist leader who is regarded as the emir of ISIS in Southeast Asia when he was spotted in a safe house in barangay Basak Malutlut.
The toll of the controversial War on Drugs has reached 12,000—coming from both police operations and vigilante-style killings. News of extrajudicial killings in the present administration has reached most of the headlines of newspapers and TV networks across the country. In these trying times, institutions such as the Catholic Church and other religious pro-life organizations, find themselves at great odds with the ideals and priorities of this government.
The Manila International Book Fair has returned for its 38th year. Students, readers, publishers, booksellers, distributors, authors, and illustrators have gathered dutifully to get to celebrate the written word.
The 2017 remake of Stephen King’s IT has again shocked and awed thrill-seekers around the world. It has, in such terrifying fashion, made apparent the looming excitement that awaits lovers of Halloween.
As President Rodrigo Duterte revealed late last August, the family of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. has mulled over returning allegedly stolen wealth to the country, in exchange for immunity from prosecution.
“I can’t see a way out.”
“The challenge for me is how to connect the gap, how to entice the students to be religious, to take them seriously as Catholics.”
Ang wikang Filipino ba ay atin pang pinahahalagahan? Nabibigyang pansin pa ba ito? At kung magiging wasto pa ba ang paggamit ng wikang Filipino ng mga susunod na henerasyon?
Nitong Hulyo, naging usapin sa social media ang Wikang Filipino. Nag-ugat ang diskurso dahil sa mga larawang umikot na nagpapakita sa mga produkto’t kumpanyang nakatala ang mga pangalan sa makalumang sistema ng pagsulat o script na Baybayin. Samu’t sari ang naging reaksyon. May mga natuwa sa layunin ng larawan na ilahad at ipalaganap ang makulay nating wika’t kultura, at may mga nag-amok dahil daw di-umano’y mali ang pag-presenta at paggamit ng nasabing sistema. Gayunpaman, nagkaroon ng diskurso sa ating wika at nahimok ang atensyon ng kabataan patungkol ditto.
Sa mundo ng nobelang Pilipino, malimit ay tumatayo ito bilang salamin sa ating kasaysayan. Matatandaang libro ng isang Gat Jose Rizal ang nagsilbing dagitab sa isang rebolusyon. Hindi maikakaila ang kahalagahan ng aklat.