Saving Manila

  Early this week, news about the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) teaming up with the Office of the Ombudsman to file charges against barangay officials who would allow the waterways to be polluted again after their Estero Blitz clean-up operation came out. I would say this must definitely be out of frustration on the part of the MMDA after…

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Nuclear Refugees

  Is the world ready for nuclear refugees? This was all I could think of on our way home from the talk, World in Danger: From Fukushima to California, held in Berkeley, CA last Sunday (November 22).  Now that the world has been facing more catastrophes than ever, with natural disasters happening almost daily over the last decade, causing countless…

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Environmental Challenges for Urban Areas

  Every day, you wake up, dress up, have breakfast, and take your commute to work or school. Oftentimes, you start your day really early not only to avoid getting caught in traffic but to inhale less of the city’s air pollution. You want to walk or bike to work or school but you would rather not – it is…

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Filipino Environmentalists We Should All Be Proud Of

The Philippines ranks third highest in the list of countries with mismanaged waste. On an article by John H. Tibbetts, Managing Marine Plastic Pollution: Policy Initiatives to Address Wayward Waste, published on Environmental Health Perspectives, he shared this: The United States makes a significant contribution to marine plastic pollution, but it’s only twentieth on the list of coastal nations that…

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Heneral Luna, Insatiable Greed

History is the greatest teacher. The other day, my husband and I, along with our friends from the Global Filipino Network, watched Heneral Luna, a courageous exposition of the “assassination” of General Antonio Luna by Emilio Aguinaldo, the first President of the Philippines. This line in the movie struck me the most… “Ekonomiya o Kalayaan? Bayan o Sarili? (trans: Economy…

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