Balangiga and the IDPs in My Mind

From mid-2003 to sometime in 2006, I was part of a team that facilitated community meetings in Balangiga, Eastern Samar. Ours was one of several teams working in poor municipalities selected by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for its KALAHI CIDSS Project. The project applies community participation processes to the planning, implementation, […]

The Way of the Dragon

China invading the Philippines? That’s old news. A long, long time ago, even before the Europeans reached our shores, the Chinese were already making fortunes from barter trade with the natives. These “chinky-eyed” invaders—no need to disclose anything: I am chinky-eyed too—adapted to places wherever their journeys brought them. They assumed local-sounding names, especially for […]

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