Noong una, nagpasya akong English ang gamitin sa aking personal website sapagkat kako’y ang audience nito ay pandaigdig. Dati ay mayroon pa akong pahinang may salin sa Filipino. Ngunit mula ngayon, Filipino na pangunahing wika sa Ederic@CyberSpace. Ito ang pambansang wika ng Pilipinas, ang kaluluwa ng lahing Pilipino na kinabibilangan ko. Filipino ang wikang ginagamit ko sa pag-iisip at pagsasalita, at buong layang dumadaloy sa aking diwa ang wikang ito sa tuwing ako’y nagsusulat.
Sa text ko sa ilang kaibigan, sabi ko’y “Ang pinsan ko’t kababata, pamilyadong tao na, samantalang ako’y tila musmos na naglalaro pa rin sa masalimuot na mundong ito.”
Sabay kaming lumaki ni Kuya Alidan, second cousin ko. Tatlong buwan lang ang tanda niya sa akin. Lumaki kaming magpinsan, magkabarkada, magkalaro. Sabay kaming nag-grade one at magkaklase kami sa halos buong elementary at high school — minsan lang yata kaming nagkaiba ng section. Minsan may konting tampuhan at selosan din, lalo na nung maliliit pa kami. Pero malakas ang buklod ng pamilya Penaflor kaya anuman ang mangyari, andyan pa rin kaming magpipinsan para magtulungan.
Labor day bukas, Mayo 1. Karaniwang sigaw sa mga rally ang “Uring manggagawa, hukbong mapagpalaya!” Mga manggagawa, sa pangunguna ni Gat Andres Bonifacio, ang nanguna sa naantalang Himagsikang naghangad ng kalayaan ng Pilipinas. Ngunit mananatiling panaginip na lang kaya ang paglaya ng mga manggagawa mula sa hilahil ng kapitalismo? Kung ang P125 na pagtaas ng suweldo nga lamang ay patuloy na ipinagkakait ngayon sa mga anak ni Bonifacio, paano pa kaya ang kanilang tuluyang pagsulong?
I was invited to teach a one-day journalism course to participants of a youth summer camp in Anda, Pangasinan last Saturday. The summer camp was organized by volunteers of the University of the Philippines Social Action and Research for Development Foundation, Inc., an affiliate NGO of UP College of Social Work and Community Development. When I was invited, I eagerly said yes for three reasons: first, the opportunity to travel outside of Manila; second, I love to teach students who are younger than I am and I love to be in the company of campus journalists; and three, the compensation–I am always in need of cash these days, hehehe.
I really expected to see this scenario: UP students and graduates unselfishly spending their precious time with the rural community, sharing their knowledge and organizing the people. But it was different to actually see them in action. There they are, products of the country’s premier school, actually eating what the people eat, living without the comforts of city life, living a simple life while earning a very modest salary. They are considered by the people as part of their community, adopted sons and daughters of the villagers. It is not an easy thing to spend the days of your youth in the boondocks or in coastal communities while empowering the community with knowledge on how to preserve the environment, teaching them about sustainable development, while your contemporaries go to work in Ayala or Ortigas in the morning and gather at Starbucks after partying at night. I salute Pao, Zoe and other Iskolar ng Bayan who live with the communities for the sacrifice they are making to be able to live the life of a true iskolar ng bayan. They make me proud I am their schoolmate.
The Department of Finance is reportedly considering an increase on taxes on text messaging. We in TXTPower vehemently reject this proposal. Should this be implemented, Globe and Smart would definitely pass on the cost to us. As TXTPower spokesperson Tonyo Cruz said, this is ironic. Remember how the Generation Txt helped in ousting Erap Estrada that led to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s assumption to power? Now, her government is thinking of betraying the Generation Txt by burdening us with more taxes even as we suffer from text cuts. No to text tax!
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