How the Philippine Embassy manipulates the news to create a nice image…  

Below is a press release from the Phil. Embassy that the economy is doing ok per the NY Times.  Below this, I have put the actual op/ed piece.  The Phil. Embassy selects only the favorable parts and prop it up as the whole article.

Essentially the actual article ends by saying the Philippines needs national industrialization and not OFWs and call centers.  Yet the Embassy selects certain quotes to make it sound like the opposite.  Read the rest of this entry »



dir. M. Night Shyamalan
107 minutes

M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable stars Bruce Willis as David Dunn, an ordinary, working class man in Philadelphia with marital problems who miraculously survives unscathed from a train wreck as the only survivor.  Helping him uncover the mystery behind this is Elijah Price whose bones are as fragile as glass, played by Samuel L. Jackson.  Elijah is a comic book collector and owns an art gallery.  Growing up in a working class neighborhood, Elijah turned to comics as a release and an escape from the harsh realities of being a disabled kid.  Read the rest of this entry »

April 24, 2009

U.S. Chapters of AnakBayan celebrate Kabataan Partylist securing a seat in the Philippine House of Representatives

The chapters of AnakBayan in the United States are celebrating the historic victory of the 1st youth representative to the Philippine Congress held by the Kabataan (Youth) Partylist.  The position will be held by 29 year old Raymond Palatino who was once chair of the University Student Council of the University of the Philippines Diliman and president of the National Union of Students of the Philippines.  This comes after the Philippine Supreme Court overturned a previous decision on partylist elections and now allows for a full representation from the 2007 elections.  In addition to the Kabataan Partylist, the decision has now increased the progressive block in Congress with an additional seat for both BAYAN-MUNA and Anakpawis.

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On Technology

“The biggest irony in the world today is that science and technology can effect industrial development and eliminate poverty but is used by the multinational firms and banks to exploit the people of the world, extract superprofits and debt service from them, deprive them of the boon of development and consign them to worsening levels of poverty.”

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BAYAN USA Limbers Up for a Great Leap Forward

Alliance of Filipino Organizations in the U.S. Marks Its Third Congress with Two Protests Against the Visiting Forces Agreement, Election of New Officers, and Launch of Three Year Action Plan

LOS ANGELES, CA–Amidst an unprecedented global economic crisis and burgeoning movement for change worldwide, the U.S. Chapter of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN USA) held its Third Congress on March 27-28 in Los Angeles, California and pledged to expand the ranks of people fighting against imperialism and for national liberation and democracy in the Philippines.  With the theme to “Strengthen our alliance and intensify our political struggle against the US-Arroyo clique and for the rights and welfare of Filipinos in the US,” BAYAN USA’s historic Congress brought together 155 women, youth and students, educators, labor organizers, artists, service providers, health professionals, unemployed individuals, and others from 14 member organizations across the country in an electrifying event which unified its participants and set the alliance’s strategic course for the next three years. Read the rest of this entry »