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Oddly named Fil-Am theater group with a big heart

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Bindlestiff is an odd name for a Filipino American theater company. But then again being somewhat odd, weird, offbeat and irreverent is what Bindlestiff Studio in San Francisco is about. Take that video clip at the top of this page. It shows some of the theater company’s members led by board chair Michael Dorado, producer Joyce Juan Manalo [...]

Posted: August 7th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos | Read More »

The Artist Abroad

A boy, a girl, manongs and musicians


A young boy through no fault of his own is deported from the very country he was born in. A teenaged girl growing up in a small, rural town imagines parricide, or does she actually commit the gruesome deed? Agricultural workers go on strike against powerful grape growers in California, resulting in the formation of a union.

Posted: August 5th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Living Abroad | Read More »

Bantay OCW (Ang Boses ng OFW)

Held hostage by her employer


Nora Ursabia of Davao City sent an SMS (text message) to Bantay OCW. Ursabia, who said she read Inquirer every day in the Department of Education office in Davao City where she worked, has a sister in Dubai whose contract ended in March.

Posted: August 3rd, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns,Global Pinoy | Read More »

No Limitation

SONA shouldn’t have been only about Aquino’s accomplishments

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For years now, Philippine presidents have been using the annual State of the Nation Address (SONA) event primarily to make themselves look good. This is not to say that a president’s claimed accomplishments in his SONA speeches are untrue. In fact, in the case of President Benigno Simeon Aquino, I believe they are true. But with all [...]

Posted: July 31st, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Global Networking

The Filipino Exclusion Act of 1934


According to federal immigration authorities, 52,193 “unaccompanied alien children” were apprehended on the Southwest border of the U.S. since October of 2013, nearly twice the number apprehended during the same period in the last year. This surge of children primarily from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are spurring demands from congressional Republicans for Pres. Obama [...]

Posted: July 31st, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos | Read More »