All posts by Bugan Ni-Rosipan

Bugan Ni-Rosipan (a nom de plume) is a feature writer and multimedia artist, a hiker and cyclist, a mystic and witch.

An Island in the Path of Storms: Have they Built Better?

Were lessons from Typhoon Haiyan learned? Do islands like Polopina in Concepcion, Iloilo in the path of extreme weather use renewable energy sources to lessen their vulnerability?

Cave women, storms and climate change

It only happens among women, that kind of ribbing, especially among those who have shared serious disruptions and ruptures, and in the retelling later, curiously laugh some more. Some 20 women, all officers and members […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Roading to Abra on an 8-Year Old’s Question: Who was Gabriela Silang’s Mother?

Questions from an eight-year old get into the start of things.  No, scratch that, they insinuate into the thick of things that you remember them long after they’ve been asked. It started with the first […]