How strongly can a song impact a people’s spirit and will in the pursuit of its national aspirations? The right song inspires. It unites. It motivates people to persevere. For us Filipinos, the song “Bayan Ko” has become our unofficial second anthem, especially in times of national trials and turmoil.
To combat terrorism, transnational organised crime, and improve cooperation in border management in Asia, the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) have hosted a three-day regional workshop to deal with those issues.
The South China Sea (SCS) issue has been a bottleneck for ASEAN-China cooperation, a cause of strain in the unity of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and a reason for allegations and geopolitical conspiracies
In March 1942 US General Douglas MacArthur had been changing trains at Terowie, 220km from Adelaide, when he gave his famous impromptu speech about Allied strategy. In it he talked about the relief of the Philippines being a priority, uttering his best known quote: “I shall return”.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 September) — A recent initiative to aggressively push for the inclusion of Mindanao’s identities, cultures, politics, languages, folkways, tales, as well as traditional conflict resolution systems, trading practices, family relations and, finally the concept of peace and development into the Philippines’ formal and non-formal educational engagements has just taken off with a proposed roadmap.
Marcos does have a legitimate Guinness World Record to his name: “Greatest Robbery of a Government” to the tune of $5 billion to $10 billion. This record has yet to be beaten. Yet so many myths about the Marcoses still abound.
GAME TIME Egged on by their elders, boys in Hungduan town in Ifugao province compete in a game of tug-of-war in the community’s river in this year’s postharvest tugging ritual, “punnuk.” The tradition has been listed as an intangible cultural heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
In a speech late Sunday night, Duterte clarified that he has no specific name yet in mind. “No particular name yet but sure I would like to change the name of Philippines because the Philippines is named after King Philip (II),“ he said.
The Philippines’ first economic history museum has recently opened in Iloilo. The National Historical Commission of the Philippines has established the Museum of Philippine Economic History in what was once the Ynchausti Commercial House in Calle Real in Iloilo.
“The Pampanga was hobbled by a number of weaknesses. Fresh water supply was limited as its pumps had difficulty sucking water from its tanks. The ship’s desalination plant was badly in need of repair or replacement. The satellite phone assigned to them had many blind spots at sea. Of the four binoculars on the ship, one was borrowed, only one was reliable while the others had poor vision. But the patrol had to go on.”