Luntian daw ang kulay ko, ayon sa What’s Your True Color? test ng

You’re green, the color of growth and vigor. Good-hearted and giving, you have a knack for finding and bringing out the best in people. Green is the most down-to-earth color in the spectrum — reliable and trustworthy. People know they can count on you to be around in times of need, since your concern for people is genuine and sincere. You take pride in being a good friend. For you, success is measured in terms of personal achievement and growth, not by status or position. Rare as emeralds, greens are wonderful, natural people. It truly is your color!

Marinduquenos continue to cry for justice


Boac, Marinduque – March 24 is Black Friday in this part of the country. Thousands of Marinduqueños wearing black shirts, sporting black armbands and carrying black banderitas flocked to the capital town through a circumferential caravan coming from all the municipalities of the island.

It is a day of mourning, unity and prayer in the entire province to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the infamous Boac River Mining Disaster of 1996 that wreaked havoc to their environment and livelihood. This year also marks the 30th Anniversary of the dumping of mine wastes in Calancan Bay in Sta. Cruz and the 13th year of the collapse of Maguila-guila Siltation Dam in Mogpog.

Bells tolled in every Parish as early as 5AM, followed by solemn mass celebrations as people mourn for all the losses the entire province incurred due to tragedies resulting from 30 years of irresponsible mining. People lament that despite these disasters –- which generally affected the social, economic, environmental and health spheres of the individual victims and the entire province -– the national government through the DENR-Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) responded by including the San Antonio Copper Project in the list of 23 mining priority areas in the country. Continue reading

Marinduque Declaration

Noong bata pa ako at nabubuhay ang aking inang si Evelyn Eder, nakita ko kung paano siya at ang kanyang mga kasamahang manggagawa sa Simbahan lumaban sa patuloy na pagtatapon ng Marcopper ng dumi mula sa kanilang minahan sa aming dagat. Pagkalipas ng ilang panahon, muli na namang bumabalik ang mapaminsalang minahan sa aming lalawigan.

Buo ang aking suporta sa Marinduque Declaration, na naka-post sa ibaba:

adopted on January 31, 2006 during the Second Church-Local Government Leaders’ Roundtable Discussion on Social Concerns in Boac, Marinduque.”As long as Marinduque’s mountains remain rich in desirable metals, Marinduqueños will have to remain eternally vigilant to protect the island from further mining”
(+Rafael M. Lim, D.D., First Bishop of Boac)

We, Church leaders, government officials, and civil society organization representatives, after reflecting on and scrutinizing the realities in our island-province of Marinduque specifically our collective experiences for the past 30 years of hosting large-scale mining projects, do hereby declare:

1. That series of disasters due to large scale-mining operations blighted our once culturally peaceful island and for the same period, we, as a people, through various institutions and people’s collective actions, have demonstrated our collective struggle for environmental justice as can be gleaned from petitions, resolutions, manifestos, and cases filed in the various executive, legislative and judicial institutions in the country but justice has been so elusive. Continue reading