Manila population – APASL 2019 Manila http://apasl2019manila.org/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 05:21:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://apasl2019manila.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.jpg Manila population – APASL 2019 Manila http://apasl2019manila.org/ 32 32 Firefox upgrades private browsing mode; now comes with PDF editor – Manila Bulletin https://apasl2019manila.org/firefox-upgrades-private-browsing-mode-now-comes-with-pdf-editor-manila-bulletin/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 05:07:58 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/firefox-upgrades-private-browsing-mode-now-comes-with-pdf-editor-manila-bulletin/ The 106th version of popular open-source web browser Mozilla Firefox reaffirmed the global nonprofit’s commitment to putting people first by rolling out new features that deliver on the organization’s promise to deliver web experiences that put the privacy and needs of people first when they connect. Promote online privacy A year ago, Firefox introduced privacy […]]]>

The 106th version of popular open-source web browser Mozilla Firefox reaffirmed the global nonprofit’s commitment to putting people first by rolling out new features that deliver on the organization’s promise to deliver web experiences that put the privacy and needs of people first when they connect.

Promote online privacy

A year ago, Firefox introduced privacy protections like Total Cookie Protection and HTTPS by default. For the latest edition of Firefox, just in time for the Cybersecurity Awareness Month celebration, the web browser has added a new shortcut button that users can pin to their desktop to quickly switch to private browsing mode when they wish. On top of that, Mozilla has added a modern look to Private Browsing with a new logo and now defaults to a dark theme to make it easier to know you’re in this mode.

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To help users navigate today’s Internet with ease, Mozilla introduces Firefox View where one can see up to 25 of their recently closed tabs in each window of their desktop device. You can also see the last three (03) active tabs on your other gadgets if you have synchronized your mobile devices. Firefox View will continue to be a place where web users can quickly access the information that matters most to them.

New collections of colors and wallpapers

In 2021, Mozilla launched Firefox Colorways, a new desktop feature that allowed users to express their most authentic personalities and bring joy while browsing the web. In March 2022, the organization rolled out a mobile version of its web browser with wallpapers.

For this latest release, a collection of limited edition colorways and wallpapers inspired by Independent Voices has been added. Behind the collection is streetwear and sneaker designer Keely Alexis, designer at Nike for Air Jordans and other sneakers. The Colorways collection was her first collaboration with a tech company where she created bold and vibrant color themes.

Firefox now includes a PDF editor and text recognition

Finally, Firefox now has a built-in PDF editor and adds text recognition features. Users of the popular web browser can now write directly into online forms and even add their signatures to PDF files.

For macOS 10.15 and higher Firefox users, the web browser now has text recognition features allowing them to separate and reuse text from an image (very useful with memes). This feature is also compatible with VoiceOver, the built-in macOS screen reader.

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The political power of creative communications https://apasl2019manila.org/the-political-power-of-creative-communications/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 16:47:17 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/the-political-power-of-creative-communications/ MANY people reacted when Malacañang announced that director Paul Soriano, who is the husband of actor Toni Gonzaga and a blood relative of first lady Liza Araneta-Marcos, had been named Presidential Advisor for Creative Communications. This generated a lot of negative comments, mostly from the crowd consisting of those who voted for one of the […]]]>

MANY people reacted when Malacañang announced that director Paul Soriano, who is the husband of actor Toni Gonzaga and a blood relative of first lady Liza Araneta-Marcos, had been named Presidential Advisor for Creative Communications.

This generated a lot of negative comments, mostly from the crowd consisting of those who voted for one of the losing candidates. Foremost among these were those who focused on the fact that Soriano is married to Gonzaga, who is hated by many who supported the other candidate. Others reveled in the fact that Soriano is a relative of the First Lady, which they condemned as nepotism, although it must be said that because he is the son of the First Lady’s first cousin, he is already beyond the fourth level of affinity and consanguinity, which is the threshold set by the Constitution for the prohibition of the appointment of relatives by the president.

What caught my attention, however, was not these filial pettiness, but the disdain shown by many of the president’s detractors for the title given to Soriano, more specifically that of creative communications adviser. There is already a certain nastiness in the derision shown by critics, with some now evoking that it is part and parcel of the Marcos administration’s program to sanitize and revise history. With the relative success of “Maid in Malacañang”, there are now people who believe Soriano’s appointment as creative communications advisor would continue the bare-bones attempt to give the Marcos brand a makeover. I’ve even read some of my friends criticizing Marcos suggesting that maybe “Maid” director Darryl Yap will join the communications team soon.

This is once again indicative of one of the tragedies that has befallen the political opposition. In their sincere desire to unseat Marcos, they conveniently forget that their lead candidate in the last election was in fact a creature of creative communication, and that his entire campaign was nothing but a parade of conjured optics. We must remind them of their use of colorful balloons and giant pink flowers in rallies, among many others.

But a deeper root from which the bashing of the “creative communications” label stems is the common thought of many that the creative work of art and fiction cannot be used as a vehicle for politics, except unless it is to create propaganda and fantasy. Critics would liken it to the abounding fake news that they attribute to the incumbent president’s election victory.

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Indeed, creative communication can be used for propaganda purposes and to peddle lies and falsehoods. However, we cannot throw the baby out with the bathwater. In fact, popular culture is a powerful vehicle that can be used for political education and to challenge current power structures in society. A typical example here would be the potential of television drama as a vehicle to raise awareness of issues. Studies have shown that television stories can influence support for controversial political issues. If it can indeed help elect presidents, then creative communication expressed in popular cultural media can potentially mobilize people to support government agendas. The political opposition can also use it to withdraw government support.

An Egyptian scholar, Lila Abu-Lughod, in her 2004 book Nationhood: The Politics of Television in Egypt, chronicled the evolution of Egyptian television programs as they became powerful vehicles for interrogating relations between Islam, gender relations and everyday life. There are also many documented examples of how soap operas have actually influenced changes in audience behavior. A soap opera in South Africa featured in its script the risks of sexual practices, which led to increased use of condoms. In Mexico, a popular soap opera character who was shown trying to read has been identified as a contributing factor to increased enrollment in literacy classes. A noticeable increase in health insurance claims was noticed in Colorado in the United States after a soap opera featured the importance of health insurance for low-income children.

In India, a study found that one year after the introduction of cable television, there is a marked reduction in preference for male children and an increase in the prevalence of views that it is not more acceptable than husbands beating their wives. A 2008 study showed fertility rates in Brazil dropped after soap operas began showing smaller-than-average family sizes. An NGO in Pakistan uses radio dramas to educate and inform women about health and other issues. Films and television programs also began to address taboo subjects such as homosexuality, and spaces gradually opened up to challenge entrenched cultural norms, even in repressive societies.

Soap operas and television are relatively untapped resources as vehicles for “education-entertainment” or “educational entertainment” in the Philippines. The examples above have shown that popular forms of creative communication are effective venues for challenging cultural biases and supporting particular political actions or policy reforms. Although there are fears that the established and entrenched power may use television series and programs to advance its political agenda, those who espouse alternative narratives that seek to challenge them may mobilize their own resources to use the culture popular like soap operas and other programs to counter them.

I don’t know exactly how Soriano will do his job. But we can’t complain that creative communication becomes a tool of propaganda, if what’s voraciously consumed and produced as our daily fare on television programs are the usual contrived, escapist narratives of misstarred lovers, d lost children, philandering husbands and wives in constant conversation with cats. -fights. Television networks that harbor critical voices emanating from their journalists, writers and performers cannot escape the responsibility of abandoning the redemptive value of creative communication if they think only of ratings and simply limit their politics to their tweets and Facebook posts. .


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Doctors stress importance of eye screening – Manila Bulletin https://apasl2019manila.org/doctors-stress-importance-of-eye-screening-manila-bulletin/ Wed, 19 Oct 2022 08:19:00 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/doctors-stress-importance-of-eye-screening-manila-bulletin/ (EYES/ UNSPLASH) Doctors have stressed the importance of eye screening as it can help identify possible eye problems early. About two million Filipinos in 2018 had visual impairment, according to the Philippine Eye Disease Study by the Philippine Eye Research Institute (PERI). In the said study, more than one million Filipinos suffered from cataracts, the […]]]>
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Doctors have stressed the importance of eye screening as it can help identify possible eye problems early.

About two million Filipinos in 2018 had visual impairment, according to the Philippine Eye Disease Study by the Philippine Eye Research Institute (PERI).

In the said study, more than one million Filipinos suffered from cataracts, the leading cause of visual impairment in the Philippines.

That’s why it’s important for everyone to be screened for eye problems, said Dr. Jubaida Aquino, a vitreoretinal specialist at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City and East Avenue Medical Center.

“What is more worrying is that of the people covered in the 2018 eye study, many who were not visually impaired suffered from glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy – conditions that can lead to blindness. “, said Aquino.

“That’s why it’s so important to have early visual screening and follow-up treatment,” Aquino said.

Meanwhile, the government has been urged to provide “adequate funding” for the national policy on the Prevention of Blindness Program (PBP).

The PBB is a Department of Health’s “comprehensive eye and vision programme” which is “designed to reduce the burden of avoidable visual impairment by ensuring equitable access to quality eye care services”.

“We can all come together to help people living with visual impairment or vision problems by ensuring that the PBP has adequate funding, especially for outpatient services, and implemented consistently nationally. and in the various local government units,” said Dr Diana. Edralin, CEO of Roche Philippines and President of the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association of the Philippines.

Edralin also said it is important to “treat eye disease at an earlier stage or at least prevent the disease from progressing to a point where it becomes a burden on patients and their families.”

“Early detection, arrest of progression or even reversal of disease would be ideal,” she said.

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Make your holiday shopping more joyful with vivo Y02s  – Manila Bulletin https://apasl2019manila.org/make-your-holiday-shopping-more-joyful-with-vivo-y02s-%ef%bf%bc-manila-bulletin/ Mon, 17 Oct 2022 07:00:41 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/make-your-holiday-shopping-more-joyful-with-vivo-y02s-%ef%bf%bc-manila-bulletin/ It’s the most wonderful time of the year again because giving season is finally here! We know you’re all excited about Secret Santa, Monito Monita, and exchanging gifts with loved ones, friends, and colleagues. While shopping for gifts for the special people in our lives is exciting, it can often be quite stressful, especially when […]]]>

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again because giving season is finally here! We know you’re all excited about Secret Santa, Monito Monita, and exchanging gifts with loved ones, friends, and colleagues.

While shopping for gifts for the special people in our lives is exciting, it can often be quite stressful, especially when you’re caught up in shopping fever. Don’t let the stress of choosing the best gift and the intensity of the holiday rush rain down on your runway with these early Christmas shopping tips from vivo.

Where and when to go “Ho ho ho”

Shopping online is definitely at the top of the list when it comes to avoiding the hassle of long lines at checkouts, problems finding parking spaces, and general large crowds. Search for your gifts online with ease thanks to the vivo Y02s’ 6.51-inch Fullview screen with 1600*720 HD+ resolution. With this feature, users can easily enjoy the products on the screen. Not to mention that the vivo Y02s works with a Mediatek Helio P35 so you can easily switch between applications to compare the gifts you will buy.

However, if you still prefer to visit physical stores, it is recommended that you do so as early as October and on weekdays so that you have enough time to check off all the items on your Christmas list. Have your list ready in a portable and easy to carry device like the vivo Y02s which has an incredible thickness of 8.19mm and a weight of only 182g. The 2.5D curvature and right-angle frame of the vivo Y02s also provide a perfect grip that can undoubtedly provide a seamless and lightweight experience, allowing you to comfortably move from store to store.

Opt for the ultimate Christmas gift

Undoubtedly, people prefer a reliable and durable gift. With this in mind, gifts should match the needs of the people you are giving. A gift that can be used for a long time is a great idea for family members or friends. Consider buying a product that offers convenience, quality, and useful features like the vivo Y02s.

The vivo Y02s has a huge 5000mAh battery which can provide the entertaining experience you want for your loved ones all day long. Users can watch their favorite YouTube channels for up to 18 hours on a single full charge, play online games for up to 7 hours, or just enjoy family bonding with great music on Spotify for up to 20 hours.

Equipped with an excellent rear camera that also supports real-time preview, vivo Y02s lets you capture holiday cheers and Christmas spirit in stunning detail. But the Christmas photo album won’t be complete without you in the photos, so why not flip the phone’s camera and snap a selfie shot? With the vivo Y02s front camera’s soft light strip, you won’t need any makeup or retouching as it promises a selfie-ready portrait even when photographed in a low-light environment.

Undeniably elegant even without gift wrapping

If you are still struggling to choose the perfect gift for your Monito or Monita, opt for a purchase that they will surely like. The vivo Y02s features a slim and sleek body that will surely match your loved one’s personality, fashion sense, and interests, no matter how diverse. Its attractive and elegant colors, Flourite Black and Vibrant Blue which represent the pattern of dancing waves and rejuvenate you with passion and vitality, can perfectly match each of the OOTDs and the style of your beloved.

Plan additional gadgets in advance

The celebration of Christmas is a time of appreciation and precious time spent with our social circles. To add fun to the holiday cheer and make gift giving more exciting, consider adding creative, personalized touches to every gift by researching DIY Pinterest gift ideas or looking at IG Reels on creative gift wrap.

With the 3GB + 32GB memory capacity of vivo Y02s which can be expanded up to 1TB, you can download apps like Instagram and Pinterest, and save photo and video gift inspirations that you would like to recreate.

You are in for a holiday treat!

The best Christmas present is already here. The vivo Y02s is a great gift option that is sure to excite and delight your loved ones. The vivo Y02s is now available on vivo official website, Shopee, Lazada and Tiktok store. Slim yet powerful and with an affordable price of only Php 6,499, the vivo Y02s will indeed make an ideal gift for anyone.

Learn more about vivo Y02 by following vivo Philippines official social media accounts: Facebook, Instagram, Twitterand YouTube.

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DOT Launches 1st Cordillera Festival Show – Manila Bulletin https://apasl2019manila.org/dot-launches-1st-cordillera-festival-show-manila-bulletin/ Sat, 15 Oct 2022 04:43:00 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/dot-launches-1st-cordillera-festival-show-manila-bulletin/ The Department of Tourism (DOT) opened the first-ever festival show in Baguio City on Saturday, October 15, which is expected to give way to the revival of traditional tourist festivities in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). Dubbed the “Festival of Cordillera Festival Shows,” DOT-CAR kicked off the festival parade of the seven most famous Cordillera […]]]>

The Department of Tourism (DOT) opened the first-ever festival show in Baguio City on Saturday, October 15, which is expected to give way to the revival of traditional tourist festivities in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

Dubbed the “Festival of Cordillera Festival Shows,” DOT-CAR kicked off the festival parade of the seven most famous Cordillera festivities – the Laga d’Abra Festival; the Apayao Say-am Festival; the Baguio Panagbenga Festival; Benguet Adivay Festival; Gotad Ad Ifugao from Ifugao; the Bodong Festival of Kalinga; and the Lang-ay Festival of Mt.

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“Let’s celebrate the resilience and unity of our region that got us through the pandemic!” It is also in celebration of Indigenous Peoples Month,” DOT-CAR said in a statement.

The Laga d’Abra Festival is an annual celebration honoring Lubuagan women weavers. It is famous for a Laga fashion show celebrated every first week of March.

The Apayao Say-am Festival is celebrated every February 14, which marks the beginning of the founding anniversary of the province and the ‘Isnag’ or commonly called the biggest festival of Isneg featuring the way traditional thanksgiving to ‘Alawagan’, the invisible Supreme Superior of the Isneg Population.

The Adivay Festival of Benguet is an agritourism festival focusing on the rich history, culture, arts, crafts and industries of the Benguet people.

The Gotad ad Ifugao festival in Lagawe typically offers the sights and sounds of ethnic life in the mountainous province of Ifugao. It is celebrated every year in June.

The Bodong Festival of Kalinga, which was previously known as the “Festival of Ullalim”, is a month-long festival to revive the custom and tradition of peacemaking.

Honoring the Kalinga practice of Bodong, the festival highlights the celebration of the anniversary of the founding of Kalinga after its separation from Apayao as an independent province under Republic Act No. 7878 signed into law by President Fidel V. Ramos on February 14, 1995. .

The mountain province’s Lang-ay festival is an Igorot word meaning a “brotherhood” where locals gather to celebrate and perform the “cañao” which involves the offering of locally brewed rice wine or tapey (tapoy) , and the slaughter of pigs, chickens, the harvest and prayers to their pagan gods.

It also signifies the traditional practice of generosity, sharing, respect and unity among the diverse tribes of Mountain Province, according to the DOT.

Meanwhile, Baguio City’s Panagbenga Festival is considered the mother of all festivals in the Cordillera region.

The Panagbenga Festival or the “Flower Festival” is an annual month-long occasion in Baguio City.

The word “panagbenga” is a Kankanaey dialect meaning “blooming season”. The festival is held every February to compliment the city’s blooming flowers and as a way to remember the tragic earthquake that rocked the city in 1990.

DOT-CAR Regional Director Jovy Ganongan led the opening of the festival show with CAR National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NICP-CAR) attorney Atanacio Addog; Department of Trade and Industry-RCA (DTI-CAR) Dir. Juliet Lucas, Deputy Regional Director of OCI Samuel Gallardo; Department of Science and Technology-CAR (DOST-CAR) Dir. Ralph Pablo; Department of Interior and Local Government-RCA (DILG-CAR) Dir. Araceli San Jose; Governor Melchor Diclas de Benguet; and other local officials.

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HRC denounces ‘attacks by NPA rebels’ in Visayas – Manila Bulletin https://apasl2019manila.org/hrc-denounces-attacks-by-npa-rebels-in-visayas-manila-bulletin/ Thu, 13 Oct 2022 04:17:00 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/hrc-denounces-attacks-by-npa-rebels-in-visayas-manila-bulletin/ New / National / CHR denounces “attacks by NPA rebels” in Visayas CHR denounces “attacks by NPA rebels” in Visayas The Human Rights Commission (CHR) has denounced the recent attacks perpetrated by suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Jipapad, eastern Samar, where two soldiers died on October 7th. Human Rights Commission (CHR) […]]]>

CHR denounces “attacks by NPA rebels” in Visayas

The Human Rights Commission (CHR) has denounced the recent attacks perpetrated by suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Jipapad, eastern Samar, where two soldiers died on October 7th.

Additionally, the CHR said it recognizes the sacrifices and courage of two other soldiers who were killed in clashes with suspected NPA members in Barangay Carabalan, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental on October 8th.

Based on reports, the CHR said Staff Sergeant John Claire Flores and Private First Class Mark Edupancho Siscar of the Army’s 8th Infantry Division’s 52nd Infantry Battalion were killed during the attack on Eastern Samar.

The attack also injured two other soldiers from the same group and a 10-year-old girl who was hit by a stray bullet.

The atrocities “deserve strong condemnation,” the HRC said in a statement.

He said the HRC in Region VIII has launched its own investigation to help secure justice for fallen soldiers and their families.

“Even in a conflict situation, non-state actors are governed by international humanitarian law and have an equal human rights responsibility. We reaffirm that no ideology or circumstance can justify atrocious attacks that deliberately violate the right to life, especially when innocent civilians are harmed,” the CHR stressed.

“We express our heartfelt condolences to the family and colleagues of the four fallen soldiers who sacrificed their lives in faithfulness to their mandate to provide peace and security to communities. The Commission also prays for the speedy recovery of the wounded soldiers and the girl caught in the shooting,” the CHR said.

He then called on relevant government agencies to ensure “prompt accountability” against the perpetrators and prevent the escalation of hostilities.

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Emerging Giants in the ASPAC Region – Manila Bulletin https://apasl2019manila.org/emerging-giants-in-the-aspac-region-manila-bulletin/ Mon, 10 Oct 2022 20:59:00 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/emerging-giants-in-the-aspac-region-manila-bulletin/ Every first week of October, the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX) celebrates the annual FINEX Week with various activities revolving around a central theme. In the decade before the pandemic, it was highlighted by the annual FINEX conference held at one of Metro Manila’s hotels. During the 1990s and 2000s, the conference venue […]]]>

Every first week of October, the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX) celebrates the annual FINEX Week with various activities revolving around a central theme. In the decade before the pandemic, it was highlighted by the annual FINEX conference held at one of Metro Manila’s hotels. During the 1990s and 2000s, the conference venue shifted to major provincial cities like Cebu, Davao, Baguio, and Subic every two years, but this practice was stopped in the 2010s.

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak in 2020 and 2021, FINEX week became a series of webinars hosted by global and regional guest speakers whose sessions were all virtual. With the easing of restrictions this year, a hybrid format was used consisting of webinar sessions on October 3, 4, 6 and 7 plus an in-person event at the Fairmont Hotel Makati on October 5. The conference theme for the 2022 edition is “Reshaping the Future with Transformational Change”.

“Emerging Giants in Asia-Pacific: The Secret to Business Success” was the topic of the final virtual session of this year’s conference. The four speakers were: Philip An, co-founder of Homebase, headquartered in Vietnam; Darius Cheung, CEO of 99.co, based in Singapore; Dr. Roberto Galang, Dean of the John Gokongwei School of Management at Ateneo de Manila University; and Darren Yong, head of technology, media and telecommunications at KPMG Asia Pacific. FINEX President Michael Guarin was the forum moderator.

The session was an offshoot of a recent study conducted by KPMG Asia Pacific and HSBC involving 6,472 tech-focused startups with valuations of up to $500 million and considered potential emerging giants in 12 key markets: Mainland China , India, Japan, Australia, Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Of this group of companies, 10 have been identified as the top emerging giants for each of the 12 markets, as well as the top 100 emerging giants in the Asia-Pacific region. Companies from mainland China (32.8%), India (30.1%) and Japan (12.7%) dominated the latter list.

One of the key takeaways from the study is that more than a billion Asians will be middle class by 2030, according to Austria-based World Data Lab. China’s current middle class of 900 million will grow to 1.2 billion by the end of this decade, followed by India which will double its middle class population from 400 million to 800 million.

The rest will be made up of Southeast Asia, led by increases of 76 million in Indonesia, 38 million in the Philippines and 23 million in Vietnam. ASEAN countries have proportions of millennials and Gen Zers who consider themselves digital natives – eager to try and adopt new technologies.

“Asia-Pacific is in the midst of a major business shift as fast-growing companies harness the potential of new technologies. Across the region, not only is the number of startups growing, but also their size and importance. At the same time, new verticals are emerging that are attracting investment dollars and inspiring more and more startup founders to enter the space,” the joint KPMG-HSBC study said.

Unfortunately, the Philippines is not among the 12 key markets identified as targets for venture capital investments. Thus, no Philippine company appears in the list of emerging giants for the entire region. Are we going to miss the boat again?

J. Albert Gamboa is a life member of the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX). He is Chairman of FINEX’s Media Affairs Committee and Editor-in-Chief of FINEX Digest. The opinion expressed here does not necessarily reflect the views of these institutions and the Manila Bulletin. #FinexPhils www.finex.org.ph

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Mountains can break deadly winds, but can also cause deadly floods and landslides https://apasl2019manila.org/mountains-can-break-deadly-winds-but-can-also-cause-deadly-floods-and-landslides/ Fri, 07 Oct 2022 16:43:34 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/mountains-can-break-deadly-winds-but-can-also-cause-deadly-floods-and-landslides/ An aerial view of a flooded area in central Luzon after Super Typhoon ‘Karding’ wreaked havoc on the region on September 26, 2022. PPA POOL PHOTO AFTER the threat of deadly winds from Typhoon “Karding” was interrupted by the mighty Sierra Madre mountain range, we are now seeing renewed attention being given to the role […]]]>

An aerial view of a flooded area in central Luzon after Super Typhoon ‘Karding’ wreaked havoc on the region on September 26, 2022. PPA POOL PHOTO

AFTER the threat of deadly winds from Typhoon “Karding” was interrupted by the mighty Sierra Madre mountain range, we are now seeing renewed attention being given to the role of mountain ranges in risk reduction and management of disaster, particularly with regard to the threats of super typhoons.

People started singing odes to the mother of all mountains, as if it were a new discovery.

We must remember that for centuries the Sierra Madre and all the other mountains have repeatedly protected large areas of the archipelago from the effects of disastrous winds, especially those coming from the Pacific Ocean. The Sierra Madre, which stretches from Cagayan to Quezon Province, is perhaps the best known, but mention should also be made of the lesser-known Diwata Mountains that lie in eastern Mindanao facing the Pacific, straddling the province of Surigao del Norte to the region of Davao. .

The presence of mountains further decreases wind speeds, which by nature are expected whenever a typhoon makes landfall. They may not be able to protect the coastal areas facing the Pacific, but they practically become a shield for the more populated urban centers of the central and western flanks of the archipelago. There is actually no mystery as to why there are fewer urban centers on our east coast and why there is a higher population density in the central and western provinces of the country. . This is mainly the result of the pull factors provided by more favorable climatic conditions which make these areas relatively more hospitable.

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The Bicol region has always been characterized in official statistics as one of the poorest regions of the country despite its fertile volcanic soil. It can safely be hypothesized that this is because the region is prone to extreme weather events and is also vulnerable to volcanic eruptions. Thus, its ability to generate surpluses and accumulate capital would be impaired, even if people do not live in abject poverty. As a careful observer of the region, which I consider my home because it is where I was born, I can further hypothesize that despite what the economic statistics suggest, the region is still blessed in Due to its fertile lands and relatively slower rate of industrialization, much of its cultural ecology and political economy remains rooted in cultures of reciprocity, where traditional institutions allow people to live well despite the deprivation of material and measurable wealth.

In the face of the constant threats of seasonal destructive typhoons, organic institutions of resilience may have been deeply embedded and taken root in Bicol and other similarly situated regions. The same goes for the provinces of Aurora and Quezon in Luzon, Samar and Leyte in the Visayas, and the provinces of Dinagat, Surigao and Davao Oriental in Mindanao. It would be interesting to see the level of organic resilience and the presence of social capital in these areas, and compare them to those of more protected communities, including those protected by vast mountain ranges like the Sierra Madre.

It is also important to emphasize that mountains alone, as a physical entity, cannot be the only shield that can protect people from the destructive effects of extreme weather events. While the Sierra Madre and Diwata mountain ranges can break away and effectively reduce the intense winds brought by typhoons, they cannot protect low-lying areas from the destructive effects of floods and landslides. These equally destructive events are the result of the lack of adequate forest and vegetation cover that can help regulate water drainage during heavy rains and retain soil to prevent landslides.

Indeed, logging, both legal and illegal, has caused the loss of forest cover. But it is wrong to blame the forest industry alone. Other activities such as mountain agriculture, mining, ranching and conversion of mountain slopes into housing estates, human settlements and golf courses have contributed to the transformation of our mountains into mothers of disaster. during extreme weather events. The entire Baguio metropolitan area and even the Tagaytay highlands sit on landslide-prone mountain ranges, whose bare, cemented slopes have spawned deadly flash floods, like what we just saw in Banaue recently. .

Human activity, both for subsistence and for capital accumulation, and for leading a comfortable life, cannot escape responsibility. In fact, the bare mountain slopes are not the only reason why the plains are flooded during the rainy season. It is a scientific error to generalize that every flood is caused by bare mountains since there are natural floodplains. Flooding is actually nature’s way of distributing soil nutrients to fertilize farmland, and its seasonality can also feed inland lakes and rivers for fishing activities. This however was disrupted and the floods ceased to bring seasonal blessings wreaking havoc when people started building settlements in these areas which effectively blocked natural waterways and turned the ground into cemented causeways which greatly reduced their absorptive capacities while increasing surface runoff that contributes to urban lightning. floods.

Indeed, we need mountain ranges like the Sierra Madre to protect us from the winds brought by extreme weather events. But they must be sufficiently covered with trees and adequate and appropriate vegetation to prevent them from causing such deadly and destructive floods and landslides. We also need to re-examine our land use policies and practices, even in urban areas.

Catastrophic floods and landslides are not only due to logging, but are also caused by unecological land use practices both on mountain slopes and in cities where people live comfortably . Much of the killer flooding in “Ondoy” originated from the slopes of the Sierra Madre, while the flash floods that inundated the city of Santa Rosa and nearby towns spawned by “Milenyo” originated in the highlands of Tagaytay. We cannot rest in total comfort. We cannot always rely on mountain ranges to protect us from the deadly effects of time.

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Motorcycle gunmen kill Filipino radio commentator https://apasl2019manila.org/motorcycle-gunmen-kill-filipino-radio-commentator/ Wed, 05 Oct 2022 04:15:21 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/motorcycle-gunmen-kill-filipino-radio-commentator/ MANILA, Philippines — Gunmen on motorcycles killed a longtime radio commentator in metro Manila in the latest attack on a member of the media in the Philippines, considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists . Police said Percival Mabasa, 63, was driving his vehicle Monday night when two men on […]]]>

MANILA, Philippines — Gunmen on motorcycles killed a longtime radio commentator in metro Manila in the latest attack on a member of the media in the Philippines, considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists .

Police said Percival Mabasa, 63, was driving his vehicle Monday night when two men on motorcycles approached and shot him twice in the head in suburban Las Pinas City.

The attackers escaped and an investigation is underway to identify and locate them, police officials said. They said investigators are trying to determine the motive for the attack.

Mabasa, who used the broadcast name Percy Lapid, criticized former President Rodrigo Duterte, who oversaw a deadly crackdown on illegal drugs, and his successor, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son of a dictator who was ousted in 1986 pro-democracy uprising.

Media watchdogs have condemned Mabasa’s killing, saying the attack underscores how deadly the Philippines remains for journalists.

“The fact that the incident took place in Metro Manila shows how brazen the perpetrators were and how the authorities failed to protect journalists as well as ordinary citizens,” said the National Union. journalists from the Philippines in a statement.

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Amnesty International said the attack “bears all the hallmarks of an extrajudicial execution and an attempt to silence voices critical of the government”.

The victim’s family condemned the “brutal and brazen killing” and demanded that the perpetrators be brought to justice.

Mabasa is the second journalist killed under Marcos Jr., who took office in June. Broadcaster Rey Blanco was stabbed to death in an altercation last month in the central province of Negros Oriental. The suspect immediately surrendered to the police.

Nearly 200 journalists have been killed in the Philippines since 1986, when Marcos Sr. was ousted, according to the journalists’ union. The group led a protest on Tuesday night and called on the government to do more to stop the killing of journalists.

In 2009, members of a powerful political clan and their men killed 58 people, including 32 media workers, in an execution-style attack in the southern province of Maguindanao that horrified the world.

The massacre, linked to a political rivalry, demonstrated the dangers facing journalists in the Philippines, which has many unlicensed firearms, private armies controlled by powerful clans and weak law enforcement, especially in rural areas.

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Ginger Minj & Manila Luzon on Dragstravaganza https://apasl2019manila.org/ginger-minj-manila-luzon-on-dragstravaganza/ Sat, 01 Oct 2022 16:55:49 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/ginger-minj-manila-luzon-on-dragstravaganza/ ComingSoon editor Spencer Legacy spoke with drag superstars Ginger Minj and Manila Luzon about their work on Huluween Dragstravaganza and what Halloween means to the drag community. Huluween Dragstravaganza is now streaming on Hulu to launch Huluween. “Two world-renowned drag superstars, Ginger Minj and Monét X Change, are trapped in television – and the only […]]]>

ComingSoon editor Spencer Legacy spoke with drag superstars Ginger Minj and Manila Luzon about their work on Huluween Dragstravaganza and what Halloween means to the drag community. Huluween Dragstravaganza is now streaming on Hulu to launch Huluween.

“Two world-renowned drag superstars, Ginger Minj and Monét X Change, are trapped in television – and the only way out is to host a hilarious special on Huluween,” reads the special’s synopsis.



Spencer Legacy: Ginger, you and Monet have amazing chemistry on the special, and you’ve known each other for a while. Was it easy to break up together?

Ginger Minj: It’s super easy! My first introduction to Monet was that I was hired to do the show she was hosting in New York long before she was even on drag race, and we got on well. I think if you’ve ever been in that kind of situation where you’re just with someone you really like and appreciate and trust on stage in front of a large audience, you’re just allowing yourself to have fun. That’s what I’ve always been able to do with Monet.

Manila, which sketch is your personal favourite? There are so many different types and different performance. Which marked you?

Manila Luzon: Ooh… you know, I love sketch comedy and so doing it in drag was a lot of fun. I got to do a lot of the fun skits but I think my favorite is the skit with Lady Bunny and Jackie Beat, the legend, hanging out with mum because, honey, they look really good when they play someone younger than they actually are.

What does Halloween mean to the drag community, to be able to do a special like this?

Ginger Minj: Halloween is the great gay holy day. It’s, it’s the day all new drag queens are born. It’s one of those times when it’s okay to dress and express yourself the way you want and go out into the world like that and see how everyone reacts. So we’ve always really loved and enjoyed Halloween, and I think now it’s so fitting that we can show that to the rest of the world, who may not know how special it is to all of us.

Manila Luzon: Yeah, I agree with that of course. One of the first times I went out in drag was on Halloween because it’s a safe place. So if you can dress like a zombie or a mummy, you can also dress in drag and without judgment anywhere. It is therefore an open space. Having a special like this helps people find that part of their expression is fantastic and awesome and a good time!

Which of your Halloween costumes was your favorite?

Manila Luzon: You know, I’m a simple girl. I am really. After doing years and years of Halloween shows, I realized I liked being more docile, like putting on cat ears and calling it a day. For a working drag queen, it’s Halloween every day. So on Halloween I like to take a nice break and put on little mustaches and call it an easy day for sure.

Ginger Minj: She said, “I’m a mouse, duh.”

Manila Luzon: Exactly! Exactly!

Ginger Minj: I’ve always been obsessed with The Wizard of Oz and when I was probably around nine or 10, my mom let me dress up as the wicked witch with the striped tights and the ruby ​​slippers and the little witch dress. I guess this is really the first time I was in drag. It was something that was a defining moment in my life and it made me feel like no matter what I did or who I became, my mom would always be by my side. So it’s the one that really strikes me as my favorite.

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