“Baby factory” relocates but still with grim pregnancies

“There’s a 14-year-old girl. She was raped by her father and older brother.” Fe Madrid, the chief nurse overseeing Ward 4 of the Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, looked at the rows of girls and women […]

Wonder Woman and wondering about feminism

Entertainment news reports say that by its second month, Wonder Woman has broken box office records into becoming the top grossing live-action film, generating more than US$800 million worldwide since it opened in early June […]

The woman question in Occupy Pandi

by Maria Diosa Labiste Kadamay members on the eve of the May 1 Labor Day march. There’s an unexplored gender dimension in the occupation movement in Pandi, Bulacan that could partly explain why majority of […]

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’

Gemma, grandmother of 12 year-old Kristine Joy Sailog mourns during a funeral service inside the church  in Binan Laguna, Thursday December 29, 2016. Kristine Joy died after a stray bullet pierced her heart Wednesday night […]

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 […]