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Featured post: CokskiBlue Video

Video blogger CoksiBlue posted a mini documentary on a small bayside community in Cavite, giving us a visual illustration of rural poverty.

He then issues this call:

Now, it’s up to me and to everyone else who sees injustice, pain, and suffering, to make the whole world aware that Filipinos are one with the world, the human race, in fighting against poverty.

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Blog Action Day 2008

Blog Action Day 2008: Filipinos take a stand on poverty is an initiative of Bloggers Kapihan to invite Filipinos to a bigger, global bloggers’ initiative on the same issue and topic.

Oct. 15 is Blog Action Day 2008

On October 15, Wednesday, we in Bloggers Kapihan invite Filipino bloggers to participate in Blog Action Day 2008 by taking a stand on poverty.

Poverty is a reality that we cannot deny. We see it everyday. Many live with and in it 24/7. The imperative now is to change this situation. The Blog Action Day 2008 is an opportunity to get poverty out from under the rug where the government has consigned it. We hope that through this renewed focus on poverty, it will be a new start to better understand and not hide it, to offer real solutions not fake ones, to salve the poor people’s wounds and not give them doleouts.

If you want to join Blog Action Day 2008, there are a number of things you can do:

  1. Blog about poverty on Oct. 15. Share your your ideas on how we as a people should confront it. You may also write about the bright future ahead if we manage to finally solve poverty that, contrary to much-trumpeted statistics, continue to deny millions of our people the benefits of freedom, justice, democracy and prosperity. You may suggest links on poverty and how Filipinos are getting by or, better yet, share powerful and compelling of Filipinos taking action against poverty. Others may post photos and videos on or of our poor people that show their dignity amid their daily struggles to eke out a living. You may also start an online debate on anti-poverty measures amid the financial crisis gripping the world today.
  2. Popularize the event by inviting other bloggers to go to this site, post the some buttons and banners on your blog and make sure to link back to this site.
  3. Donate money or your personal to concrete actions that empower the poor and marginalized.

No doubt about it, now is the time to think and act on poverty.

If you choose to act, thank you in advance and kindly do the following so we and the world would know Filipinos taking a stand on poverty:

  • Register and post a comment here if you intend to join.
  • In your Oct. 15 blog post on poverty, please link to this post.

Thank you!

Vloglet #1: Remembering Edsa Dos

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Ang Aking Kuwentong People Power 2

Ederic Eder, ederic@cyberspace
January 19, 2008

Kasama ako sa EDSA2!Para sa Blog Action Week ng Bloggers’ Kapihan, narito ang aking ambag. Pinaiksi at inayos na bersyon ito ng “Liham ng Tagumpay” na unang nalathala sa Mga Kuwentong People Power 2 section ng

Enero 16, 2001, Martes

Galing ako sa isang meeting sa Makati noong gabing nagsimula ang EDSA People Power 2. Nasa meeting pa lang ako ay nagsimula nang magdatingan ang text messages tungkol sa labing-isang pangit. May magmumura — akala ko nga galit sa akin yung officemate ko na naunang nag-text–may nanggagalaiti, at kung anu-ano pa. Yung isang natanggap ko: “Remember the names of these senators; they betrayed the Filipino people: [name of the ugly senators].” That time medyo alumpihit na ako but since nasa meeting nga, wala akong magawa.

Later, nagtawag ako at nakibalita. Pero basically, naintindihan ko na na yun nga, hindi pinabuksan ang second envelope. Samantala, tuluy-tuloy ang mga text sa aking cellphone. Noise barrage raw ng 11pm at rally kinabukasan sa Senate. 11pm na, nasa bus pa ako; medyo nag-umpisa nang magkaingay ang mga sasakyan sa labas. Ako, gusto kong magwala sa loob pero siyempre nakakahiya kung para akong baliw na magsisigaw nang bigla. Nagtaka lang ako dahil kahit lagpas ng 11, tuluy-tuloy pa rin ang mga busina. Kahit magtu-twelve na ay may bumubusina pa.

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Text power and People Power

Tonyo Cruz,
January 18, 2008

In commemoration of People Power 2, I am posting here a copy of my contribution to a still-unpublished youth compendium of articles on the event.

I wrote this piece way back in 2002 (or 2003?). It deals with the use of technology in Edsa 2 and succeeding events.

Forward the message, answer the call for change

By Anthony Ian “Tonyo” M. Cruz

Much has been said about the role of texting and the People Power 2 uprising. Some quarters have even gone to the extent of calling it a “texters’ revolt.” They cast aside People Power 2 as nothing but “mob rule” that was helped in a big way by texting and a flowering of websites and mailing lists which were all directed against one common enemy called Erap.

However, they are right only on one point: That the most vocal, most determined and most organized participants in the uprising were armed with cellphones and sent out a heretofore unimaginable number of text messages for about three days.

These critics of People Power 2 were wrong everywhere else.

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EDSA Dos: Remembered & Reflected Upon

Shari Cruz,
January 18, 2007

Beterano ako ng EDSA2!Here’s an entry dedicated to commemorate People Power 2,

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in support of the Blog Action Week spearheaded by Bloggers’ Kapihan.

I was a freshman student at Quezon City Science High School (map) back then. I wasn’t politically inclined (stop grinning, I wasn’t as obsessed in politics when I was a youngster as you think I was!), but I did like to watch the news and make side comments about the politicians. I mean, who didn’t? Politics was so much of a grand circus that I had come to like it enough to talk about it!

No one in my family remembers the things that happened the night we went to EDSA to participate in the uprising. Whenever I ask my mom, who, by the way, used to be a militant herself during her college days, she’d tell me she’s forgotten the date. My dad probably has no recollection whatsoever of what transpired that fateful night.

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EDSA DOS: Remembering My Own Battle

Bleue, Color me Bleue
January 17, 2007

The whole world already knows the chronology of events that led to the Filipino people uprising seven years ago. From the accusations of Senator Teofisto Guingona, the transmittal of the impeachment complaint from the House of the Representatives to the Senate led by Speaker Manuel Villar, the historic roles of the Senators then who acted as trial judges, the dramatic display of emotions of Senator Loren Legarda and unforgettable bop of Senator Tessia Aquino-Oreta that made her an instant “Dance Diva” when the Impeachment Court said “NO” for the opening of the envelope, the spontaneous build-up of people in EDSA, and all the who, what and when of People Power 2. But there are stories that were not written in the history and facts that were not known to the world. My story is one of those.

This is actually a response to the call of Bloggers Kapihan in reminiscing EDSA People Power 2.

Seven years ago, I went to EDSA. I went there alone with my personal fight, my very own battle.

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Seven years

Mong Palatino, Mongster’s Nest
January 17, 2008

Many people wanted President Cory Aquino to stand for re-election but she has chosen to step down after six years in power. President Fidel Ramos wanted to extend his term but failed to amend the Constitution on time. President Joseph Estrada “dropped out” after three years of partying in Malacanang. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo can boast to her predecessors that she has managed to stay in power for seven years already.

The framers of the 1987 Constitution wanted to prevent overstaying presidents of the republic. They hoped that an authoritarian leader like President Ferdinand Marcos will be the last in the country’s history. They decided that a president should only rule for six years and he/she is barred from seeking re-election.

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Always But Never There

January 17, 2008


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a good part of my life, at least for a few minutes almost every day, I am at EDSA. But talk about EDSA in another breadth and I can tell you I was never there.

I’m old enough to have witnessed the 3 EDSA events unfold.

EDSA for me will always be the 1986 People Power Movement. I was a high school senior then who considered the coup a breather from classes. The country stood still then. People stopped working and went to EDSA. My family stayed home but prepared food for heroes. Although they had to wake me up from slumber when Marcos left, I felt proud of what happened in the country. For a while there, my favorite song was Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo.

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