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Friday, March 14th, 2014

Appreciating true blue Filipino music

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – I was having lunch in a carinderia after covering an event when I saw this contest in a noontime show where contestants 45 years old and above were being asked to render songs from their era as well as today’s hits. After one contestant sang “Masdan mo

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Rising from the devastation

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com It has been more than three months ago when I first set foot in Tacloban City. It was unfortunate that the first time I visited the city – referred to as...

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Reality bites the Okra

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com I received a very heartwarming gift last week: a bag of okra (lady’s fingers). It came from farmers of Hacienda Luisita with a note that read: “Maraming salamat.” (Thank you very much.)...

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

They are people with stories to tell

By POM CAHILOG-VILLANUEVA Bulatlat.com They were the first people I noticed as we approached a mass burial in front of San Joaquin Parish Church in Palo, Leyte: two teenage sisters standing over an unmarked grave with only...

Monday, September 30th, 2013

How yoga supports me

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com Stress comes every day. My partner would often complain that I am workaholic. I cannot blame him. I always find myself having a long To Do list. After finishing some tasks, more...

Friday, September 27th, 2013

The killing of a journalist is an attack against press freedom

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com I will not forget that day of Nov. 23, 2009 when the news broke out that 58 individuals were reportedly killed on their way to accompany the Genalyn Tiamzon-Mangudadatu, wife of...

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Eavesdropping during an MRT ride

It was just hard not to hear them -- their voices were becoming more and more distinct.

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Dear taxpayers

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com Dear taxpayers, Good day! I was happy to see many of you at the Rizal Park expressing your disgust over the immoral, scandalous pork barrel. As I took photos and went around,...

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Where are the reported improvements in public schools?

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – As in previous years, reports reveal that there is, again, an exodus of students from private schools to public schools this school year 2013-2014. Exodus, according to the dictionary,...

Friday, April 5th, 2013

For Beng Hernandez

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA –For the past decade, I have not attempted to write a personal note about her until today, the 11th anniversary of her death. I had always been overwhelmed by sadness and...

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

You are not alone*

By PATRICIA LOURDES VIRAY Bulatlat.com MANILA — “Mom, have you heard of the UP Manila student who committed suicide because she couldn’t pay her tuition?” “Yes, I was almost in tears when I saw it in the...

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