The woman question in Occupy Pandi

There’s an unexplored gender dimension in the occupation movement in Pandi, Bulacan that could partly explain why majority of the marchers who joined the recent May 1 rally are women. It must be the falling […]

Women and power: being politicians without posts

 The situation of Vice President Leni Robredo resonates throughout the lives of many women. Some women who have found their voice and attained some kind of power are in predicaments of being given opportunities to […]

Mothers and widows on the warpath against Duterte’s ‘drug war’

A group of mothers and widows have filed cases against policemen believed to be behind the killings their sons and husbands. The court cases were the first legal challenges to the massive anti-drug campaign of […]

AIDS 101 and painting a pregnant woman with HIV

This article first appeared in Rappler MANILA, Philippines – “A friend of a friend,” was how visual artist Boyet de Mesa described his closest encounter with a person living with HIV – knowing someone with this […]

Abra: If there is no road, make one by traveling it (Part 1)

The road ended an hour off Bangued in Manabo, Abra.  For many travelers, tourists particularly, the lack of a road is a discouragement and a dead end. The current of the Abra River was too […]

Persistence of memory of Acacia Lane?

When you leave a small city in the Central Visayas whose university town avenues are graced by old and venerable tropical raintrees, and go to live in the capital city of the country that has […]

You Gotta Walk-It, Walk-It

In this age where everything is fast and convenient, walking seems to be passé. Unless you live in the remotest villages and do not have your choice of transport, people have become cargo. We are […]

Leticia Ramos-Shahani: Her journey to women’s rights for the women of the world

“A practice is accepted as valid until you challenge it.” Career diplomat, senator, critic, and up to her last years, a farmer mulling over a better agricultural method to produce carabao milk and cheese, Leticia […]

War, Peace and Maternal and Child Health in the ARMM

Most Philippine regions, despite nuances in language and culture, agree that pregnant women have borrowed lives.  Conceiving is akin to a death threat for pregnant Filipinas for whom “isang paa ay nasa hukay” (one foot […]

Pregnant 13 year-olds and the Crisis in Family Planning Supplies

Vulnerable.  The 13-year old was admitted to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City not for complicated mumps or gastroenteritis or even severe acne. She was there to give birth. It happened all […]