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National Artist for Literature Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera turned 80 years old * Latest Posts Back Story Top Stories 

National Artist for Literature Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera turned 80 years old

On April 11, National Artist for Literature Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera turned 80 years old. Why is the man regarded as a giant in Philippine literature? What makes him outstanding as an artist? Bulatlat.com is reposting an article about Lumbera written in 2005.

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Bien Lumbera: Activist, National Artist for Literature

Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera: An Authentic National Artist

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Back Story: Urban Development and Housing Act merely meant to delay demolition of urban poor communities * Latest Posts Back Story 

Back Story: Urban Development and Housing Act merely meant to delay demolition of urban poor communities

By By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
Now 20 years in effect, the Urban Development and Housing Act is touted to solve housing and urban congestion while protecting the urban poor’s rights and welfare. But since last year it did not bar from happening the most violent demolitions of urban poor communities in history.

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Gabriela Pushes for Enactment of Comprehensive Reproductive Health Bill * Latest Posts Back Story Politics & Governance Top Stories Women & Children 

Gabriela Pushes for Enactment of Comprehensive Reproductive Health Bill

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
Data from the Gabriela Women’s Party show that there is one death every two hours due to complications during pregnancy. Eleven women are dying everyday. Gabriela’s landmark bill can provide much needed relief to poverty-stricken women and their families by ensuring full access to health services.

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Back story: Deadly Commonwealth accidents highlight exploitation of bus drivers * Latest Posts Back Story Labor & Employment Top Stories 

Back story: Deadly Commonwealth accidents highlight exploitation of bus drivers

The death on Friday of Lourdes E. Simbulan, a UP journalism professor and one of the country’s outstanding journalists, has brought to the fore yet again the issue of road safety, specifically road accidents on major highways caused mostly by bus drivers. While there is no doubt that these reckless drivers should be held criminally liable for their actions, there is also the matter of their working conditions that, for all practical purposes, ensure that accidents like the one that killed Simbulan would occur.

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What Has Been Achieved in 25 Years of Peace Negotiations? * Latest Posts Back Story Must-Reads Politics & Governance Top Stories - Featured3 

What Has Been Achieved in 25 Years of Peace Negotiations?

By RONALYN V. OLEA
It would seem to many Filipinos that the peace negotiations between the government and the Communists have achieved nothing significant. Truth is, both panels have signed several important documents that should move the process forward. Would the Aquino administration genuinely commit to these earlier agreements?

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