Juana's body is welcomed home by family and Migrante International
I had my first article printed in the Toronto Star while on this trip about the homecoming of the body of deceased Filipina caregiver Juana Tejada. Sadly they didn’t print my photo, but it was all quite a learning experience.
The rains came and went for the few days I was in Bikol. The bus window showed evidence of this less than seasonal weather. It was dusk, and the sky was finally clearing, the clouds in my mind had also started to break.
I haven’t been taking many photos as of yet. Truthfully my inspiration has been lacking.
Luckily yesterday I could feel it beginning to leak in when I went to an event at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation in QC. There was a People Power museum there and while I was looking at the collection I started to think again about how much this country and it’s people had gone through. Continue reading
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[*note: this is a quick historical overview and thus not meant to be the full story. There is alot more of the story to tell and if you know some of it, please comment and share it with us. I originally posted this on my own site as a teaser for a history class I was helping teach at the KPC (a class which will be beginning again in April). I am reposting it here as much of what we have been doing on this exchange deals with Philippine history, and the Fil-Am War is a critical part of it. Archival images courtesy of Wikipedia, and the University of Wisconsin]
Women begging for food from Americans during the Phil-Am War.
Today’s North American news has daily reports of the debacle in Iraq. It’s just the latest in a string of US invasions into sovereign lands, but the grand-daddy of it all was in the Philippines.
So last night was the big Manila Transitio event, it was crazy.
I still haven’t had enough time to let it sink in, but one thing that I didn’t expect to be so interested in or taken by was the spoken word portion of the night.
All the readings were about World War II and the Japanese Occupation, a lot of survivors were present and a lot of the readers were actors so the intensity of the delivery was very strong, particularly the woman in this picture.
Roselyn Perez, it was her reading and delivery that got me looking for more. She read the poem of Mabi David who worked in the general registry of survivors in the battle for Manila.