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Digging The Sand: Benefits and Side Effects of Crushed Dolomite on Manila Bay

Tuesday, September 29, 2020



Amidst the current pandemic the country is going through, another controversy has stolen the spotlight— white sand. At first one might think that this is some sort of a joke but it's not. For the past weeks, Politicians, environmentalists, and even ordinary citizens have shared their fair-share of opinions regarding the 'beautification' project of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) which involves putting crushed dolostone in the shores of Manila Bay.

The project received a handful of backlash because apparently, the DENR spent a hefty P350M for the project which according to some experts, the budget could have been enough to provide financial assistance to Covid-struck areas or provide aid to unemployed and poverty-stricken Filipinos. Not only that, according to the Department Of Health (DOH) the material that can cause health issues and bring harm to humans. These claims were denied by the DENR however, the continuous information clash has caused confusion among the public.

To clear everything, we dug deep into the pros and cons of using dolomites.

Used in the Construction Industry


Obviously, we can tell that dolomite has a good reputation in the construction industry because it's already on Manila Bay's shores. The 228-year old sedimentary rock can also be made into bricks, cement, plastics, concrete, and paving materials with the right skill. It's a smart choice that DENR chose this material because of its versatility and affordability.

Livestock Nourishment


Surprisingly, dolostone is a great player in the agriculture sector. Farm animals such as chickens, cows, and sheep consume the high calcium and magnesium content of dolomite through tablets or edible wafers. Both nutrients are essential for the growth and nutrients of domesticated animals. Without it, there would be no hard shells for the eggs, milk production would be low, and sheep would not grow wools properly.

Aesthetically Pleasing View


Clear ocean water, soft white sand, and tropical trees blown by the gentle breeze of Manila Bay promise a superb experience to any locals finding joy during the pandemic. Set aside all the sacrifices and drawbacks this project has and look for its brighter side. The beautiful sunset view from this beach will indeed reduce the stress you're feeling right now. Not to mention the aromatic smell of nature that will excite any nature lover.


Dolomite is a Threat to Human Health


While white sand is an addition for a luxurious Manila Bay, the mixed varying silica levels present pose a threat to human health. According to Lehigh Hanson Inc., a Texas-based distributor and builder company, dolomite's crystalline silica content may result in cancer once inhaled. Prolonged exposure can also cause skin and eye irritation while ingesting it would result in stomach pain and diarrhea.

Disruption to Ecosystem


Manila waters are already besieged by water pollution and resource exploitation. Adding white sand means more problems for our aquatic friends since it will stress them out. If washed away by the ravaging waves, it will mix into the ocean water, making the temperature high and decrease dissolved oxygen levels, which is necessary for marine animals to breathe.

DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporada stated that there'd be no adverse effects since corals and dolomite sand are both made of calcium carbonate. However, Oceana Philippines protested that the sand does not naturally-occur so that it might destroy the coastal ecosystem and the source of sand.

The White Sand Will Be Washed Out


According to a statement by the University of the Philippines Resilience Institute executive director Mahar Lagmay, naturally, sand will always be moved from one place to another. The odds of it being washed away are far from impossible. Replenishing it with another batch of pulverized dolomite rocks would result in spending more public funds, but let's hope the project is worthwhile.


By Jared Ambrocio

 
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Will it happen: Remembering the times Duterte cried ‘I will resign’

Monday, September 28, 2020


Many Filipino netizens are now expressing their outrage against the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. #OustDuterte has been trending on social media, particularly on Twitter, not only in the Philippines but also worldwide.

With that, here are some of the moments Duterte said, ‘I will resign.’

‘I offered to resign’ because of endless corruption” – September 2020


During his nationwide address regarding the government's plans for the COVID-19 pandemic. President Duterte once again expressed his plan to step down as the president of the Philippines.

According to him, the never ending corruption in the country is taking its toll on him and he is willing to resign.

“I offered to resign as President,” He said in a televised speech Monday night. “I had everyone summoned. I said I was getting fed up. In my years in government, thee had been no end to this.”

MANILA, Philippines — “I offered to resign as President,” he said in a televised speech Monday night. “I had everyone [in the Cabinet] summoned. I said I was getting fed up. In my years in government, thee had been no end to this [corruption].”

“There’s really no end to this corruption. It’s really hard to stop it,” he added. “Up to now, it’s being committed every day. Can you stop it? You cannot. There’s no way, I’m telling you.”

However, he also expressed his willingness to speak before the Congress to discuss how they could fight corruption. 


If the military asked him to step down – July 2019


President himself once said during the anniversary of the Philippine Air Force on July 2, 2019, that if the military tells him to step down, he will do so.

“Do not do it, please, during my term,” begged Duterte. “I told you before. All you have to do if you do not like me, do not bring your weapons and mechanized armor there. Just call me, and we’ll have coffee, and I am ready to say, ‘It’s yours for the taking.’”

But this might not happen for 100 percent of the AFP is loyal to the “flag and the Constitution.” 


If son “Pulong” vies for House speakership – May 2019


President himself stated during the oath-taking of newly-appointed government officials in Malacañang on May 27, 2019, that if his son Paolo, a.k.a Pulong would run for position he would step down.

“Itong si Paolo, sinabi ko sa kanya: ‘If you run for speakership, let me know. Kasi kung tatakbo ka, magre-resign ako.’ Kasi marami na tayo. Nandyan na ang kapatid mo na mayor. So uneasy,” said Duterte.


If he is succeeded by Bongbong Marcos or Chiz Escudero – August 2018


In a speech before entrepreneurs at Malacañang on Aug. 14, 2018, Duterte shared that he is already exhausted from never-ending corruption.

“I want you to know that I am thinking of stepping down because I’m tired,” he said.


On the same night, Duterte said he does not think Vice President Leni Robredo would be able to handle the office.

“I think deep in my heart, if you follow the succession and Robredo takes over, hindi niya kaya,” said Duterte then. “Hindi niya kaya, that’s my honest opinion ko lang. Kung sino lang sana diyan, in the likes of Escudero or Bongbong Marcos. I do not think she can improve on anything here.”

If he is given proof of God’s existence through a selfie – July 2018


He once challenged people on July 6, 2018, to prove to him that God exists and if so, he would resign.

“By the way, I believe in one Supreme God. I never said I do not believe in him, God. I am not agnostic. I am not an atheist,” Duterte said.

He said that if someone is to prove to him that God exists, he would immediately step down from the presidency.

If the drug problem in the country continues to get worse – November 2017


During the 67th Founding Anniversary of the First Scout Ranger Regiment in Camp Tecson, San Miguel Bulacan on Nov. 24, 2017, Duterte also said that he will step down as the President if he would not be able to solve the country’s problem on drugs.

“I cannot accept. I simply cannot accept it. And if I cannot control drugs then maybe it is time for me to think about resignation,” he said. “‘Pag hindi ko kaya ito, bababa talaga. Sabihin ko sa inyo.”

If federalism will be implemented during his term – July 2016


Just almost a month of being President, During a speech in an event with the League of Cities and Provinces at Malacañang on July 27, 2016, Duterte said that he will step down if federalism will be implemented during his term.

“Two years, if you have the federal set up, I will resign as President. Three years, sibat ako. Four years, ay salamat,” he said. “My advice is copy, copy the French setup. We have to because ang Filipino gusto talaga niya mag-boto ng Presidente ‘yan. Hindi mo kunin sa kanila ‘yan eh.”

The list goes on and on if we will continue to list down all the times the President cried for resignation. Imagine how tired we are. But of course, being a president is not easy so it's okay to feel like giving up sometimes.



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The Scene: Pipay Kipay And The Humor Of Subtle Shade

Saturday, September 26, 2020



The COVID-19 pandemic has put almost everything on pause. However, as we sink deeper to the quarantine period, a handful of promising and talented content creators are rising—not only to entertain—but to spread awareness as well.

With all the things happening in the country, having a content creator or an influencer who can speak our language is a breath of fresh air. Luckily, we can finally get to breathe that good air with Pipay Kipay!

19-year-old Civil Engineering student John Paul Joseph Santos, also known as Pipay Kipay, has gone viral numerous times on Twitter and have gained a huge amount of attention—all for good reason.

In his viral videos, Pipay Kipay hilariously features the different situations everyone faces during the n-month-long quarantine period. But what sets Pipay Kipay from the other content creators out there? His subtle political shades.

In this feature, Metroscene Mag is lucky to have the chance to talk to Pipay Kipay himself. Here's why Pipay can make the basic influencers run for their money:

Also Read: 6 Content Creators Redefining What It Means To Be An Influencer


Metroscene: Have you always wanted to become a content creator? 


Pipay: Yes of course! I looked up to many content creators na hindi lang nagpoproduce ng entertaining content but also truth. I’ve always wanted to do videos na alam kong may purpose at may patutunguhan. I also love editing my own videos, it makes me happy na alam ko yung nilabas kong content is pinag isipan at nalaanan ko ng puso. 


M: Where do you get ideas for your videos?


P: Usually from news, I don’t usually refer sa social media lalo na kung hindi verified yung source, ayokong magkalat ng fake news lalo na sa audience ko. Minsan sa mga ganap din sa buhay na alam kong maraming makakarelate ganern! 



M: What’s your motivation in pursuing this kind of content? Who are your inspirations?


P:
I’m a fan of quality contents na hindi mema. I like something po na may matututunan ako as well as my audience. I really look up as an inspiration po sila kuya Macoy Dubs, Dora Dorado, Davao Conyo, etc. gusto ko yung content na may kabuluhan na may konting shadyness xhnz! 

M: How did you find the courage to publicly show your opinions?


P:
Kung hindi pa ngayon, kailan? Now’s the right time, dapat na tayong marinig. Kung may say ka, say it, kung natatakot ka that’s the sign na alam mong may pinaglaban ka. Ako personally, natatakot, I’m too young for this, but no too young to voice out my side. 

M: Have you dealt with any hater in social media? How did you respond?


P:
Me personally, di ako masyadong palabasa ng comments. Comment section are way too dangerous and hurtful. If ever man na may nakita kong hate comment, ignore, I am also a viewer, not all contents are for everyone naman. 

M: What’s the message you want to tell young aspiring content creators?


P:
Use your platforms wisely, one day you’ll become a great influencer. Make your viewers remember you as a quality content creator, that used his/her platform as a voice and did something for the country and its people. And make them remember that you used the title “influencer” the way it should be used. Discipline yourself, you can’t influence others if you don’t start it within you. 


M: And lastly, your message to the youth especially in these trying times?


P:
Work hard. Don’t waste time. Time flies so fast, so make the most out of it and be productive. There’s no such thing that can hinder you from reaching your dreams. Lastly, follow safety protocols and be safe.


 
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#StarveTheTrolls: This site helps you block internet trolls easily

Thursday, September 24, 2020



Many of us have internet access, yet few of us choose to troll. Just plain nasty. Imagine how tired we are? These little social media rats will not only tarnish your brand or reputation, but some also harass people in a traumatizing way. 

The darker side of it, in the Philippines, a paid online ‘troll’ can earn P30,000-P70,000 monthly. Imagine that? 

But that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything to #StarveTheTrolls.

How to spot an online troll?


Troll accounts are more likely new and focuses only on  few threads and post irrelevant content, and  have much lower writing quality than authentic users which isn't much of a surprise.

Luckily, a twitter user created a web app designed to help Twitter users avoid harassment and abuse by trolls, fake accounts and bots.



START BLOCKING HERE 



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6 Content Creators Redefining What It Means To Be An Influencer

Saturday, September 19, 2020

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Over the years, the online community has grown dramatically together with the influencer scene and the culture of content creation. The internet has become more crowded than ever, especially with the use of social media that has become a platform for everyone to showcase their talents and express opinions to a wider audience. 
 
However, truth be told, social media can be a drag and toxic when following the wrong influencer or content creator. With many popular personalities popping here and there, who are the best influencers you should be looking up to? 
 

Dora Dorado 

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Dora Dorado who is better known as @doracrybaby on Twitter and Tiktok became an instant internet celebrity with his videos tackling current political and social issues in the country. On his Youtube channel, Dora also sums up some of the most current and relevant issues is the country and gives his insights. His videos may be laced with political commentary, but Dora— with his witty antics and background in dancing— always delivers his message with facts and en pointe. Get it? 

  
You can follow Dora Dorado on his Twitter, Tiktok, and Instagram, and subscribe to his Youtube channel.


Macoy Dubs

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If you’ve been spending your time surfing the internet, you’ve probably seen Mark Averilla also known as Macoy Dubs, the content creator behind the woke and hilarious modern-day Filipina aunt, “Aunt Julie”.

In one of his most recent videos as “Aunt Julie,” Macoy reminded the public that voter registration for the upcoming 2022 election has resumed has already resumed this September. 

Also, last July 30, Macoy Dubs together with other social media influencers went to the Supreme Court to file the 21st petition asking to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

You can follow Macoy Dubs on Twitter, Facebook, Tiktok, and Instagram.


Yani Villarosa 

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The one and only Yani Villarosa or @yanihatesu to her followers has become quite a household name in the local Twitter scene through the years. Her relatable skits and funny antics have caused her to go viral numerous times, and we can't really blame the internet. Yani is indeed very funny, but what makes her stand out? At her young age, she already found her voice to raise awareness to certain causes. She is an ally to the LGBTQ+ community and a strong supporter of @maykamaykaba and Save Our Schools Network's advocacy which is to spread awareness and provide welfare and safety to our Lumad brothers and sisters in Mindanao. 
 

You can check out Yani Villarosa on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube.


AC Soriano

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AC Soriano’s tweets are everywhere and we are not complaining! The Twitter personality goes with the Twitter handle @itsacslife and avidly uses his platform to speak on certain issues in the country. His relatable and unapologetic opinions never missed a beat and were always accompanied by facts.

You can check out Ac Soriano on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube.


Davao Conyo

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Phillip Hernandez, also known as Davao Conyo is the human form of Paxil, Prozac and Lexapro. His hilarious internet skit #IsangPlatitongHustisya is a breath of fresh!

But while his Tiktok videos and infamous dubbed videos have given everyone a lot of laughs on the internet, Davao Conyo has also been very vocal about certain social issues in the country. He is also a body-positivity advocate and shares his healthy journey on his social media.

You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Tiktok, Instagram, and Youtube.


Hershey Neri

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Hershey Neri’s videos are hilarious. Period! Her stories of surprising events— missing bathrooms and exposed genitals— will make you want to go out and experience life a little more. Aside from that, Hershey also uses her platform to encourage women to embrace their empowered self and be the person they are destined to be. She is also a mental health advocate and avidly uses her voice to speak towards current social issues.

You can catch Neri’s stories on her Twitter and Instagram.


 
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#MasMaramiTayo: Here's Why You Need To Register To Vote Before It’s Too Late

Thursday, September 17, 2020



There is no other day on earth in which we are truly equal other than an election day. It’s a day where everyone has the right to vote and every vote, no matter who you are, is counted as one – it’s a time where there is no man in the Philippines whose vote is more powerful than another’s. 

For many years, ever since adapting democratic process in electing nation leaders, our country’s political landscape has changed from a change-driven, public service arena, to politics stained by controversy, dynasties, a gateway for wealthy cronies, and positions ruled by power-hungry opportunists.

Not only is it exhausting to be met by the same faces, names, and promises, but it is also dangerous for our country, and the democracy we uphold, if we elect candidates whose interests and dreams are not aligned with the needs of the Filipino. We now already face the consequences of allowing a fascist to head the country, and one of the ways we can contribute in preventing this from ever happening again is to vote wisely. But first, we must register. 

Why Your Vote Matters



Registering to vote is the initial step in shaping a nation. The right to suffrage is an exercise of a constitutional right that allows ordinary Filipinos, aged 18 and above, to elect a set of leaders that would represent the nation, listen to the plight of its people, embody the image of a wise and emphatic leader, and protect the homeland from falling into anarchy.

The future of generations that would come after us would rely on our good judgment of character, wisdom, and leadership, in politicians whose decisions would define today and the future.

It’s easy not to understand how impactful our votes are when we don’t realize its effects on our lives. The politicians we elect will have tremendous powers. Some of them will have to make decisions that may affect the prices of goods we buy daily in the markets like fish, meat, and other goods, and if our purchasing power is limited only to items we need to survive, how else are we going to afford any other necessities? Some of them would author and pass laws that would define the economy, education, military, press, and other departments in which the welfare of our nation is built on. Therefore, we must vote for the right people, or else, we are risking our democracy and the future of our countrymen, by putting our homeland into the wrong hands.

How to Register for the 2022 Elections



You can register to vote if you are 18 years old or will be 18 years old on May 9, 2022, has lived in the Philippines for one (1) year, and has not been disqualified to vote under any law in the country.

You can register from Tuesday to Saturday, 8 A.M. to 3 P.M, to the Office of the Election Officer closest to you. If possible download and fill out the registration form, supplementary data form, and coronavirus self-declaration form available here, but you can only sign the forms once you are at the Comelec office, in the presence of the election officer.

Make sure to bring any Comelec accepted IDs with you, and your own pen. The deadline of registration is on September 20, 2021.

Exercise your right to vote. The future of the country and people is in your hands.

Written by Kim Argosino  



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This Youth Organization Is Leading The Fight Against COVID-19 In Cagayan Valley

Tuesday, September 15, 2020



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During a global health crisis when resources are on an all-time low, what would a certain individual buy; sanitary pads or food? Both kinds of commodity are necessary, but in the conditions of people living in a fourth-class town within a third world country, they would rather buy something that is certainly a priority, something that sustains them, and that is food. 


 As one group of youth of the collective demographic among millions of Filipinos in the country, residing in a fourth-class municipality located at the Northeastern region of the island of Luzon, it was trying times for us, especially the youth to experience a problem such as a global health crisis which goes by the name of the COVID-19 Pandemic. So, we asked ourselves, “What can we do?” and in terms of doing something for the community, we gathered as one and made the decision of delivering our efforts to provide a helping hand to the people in whatever way we can. 



Masakbayan Youth Initiative


Pushing onwards, we then started an initiative of creating a youth volunteers’ hub, the MASAKBAYAN YOUTH INITIATIVE  (MYI ) first launched within the social media setting or on the online platform. The MYI being a non-partisan non-government organization is a young and newly standing association of the youth inclusive to all backgrounds as such gender, life status, religion and the overall persona. The town of Camalaniugan and the province of Cagayan needed and placed a high demand of youth leaders, volunteers and advocates to join in the workforce of generating support by any means to the people. Although only a few members of the youth are active in participating in initiatives, our association of volunteers and advocates are dedicated in bringing about the conduct of advocacy programs, campaigns and drives for the people especially during a state of emergency brought by COVID-19.


 As we shed light in performing our way of helping-hand, the MYI launched a campaign with the hashtag #ProtectWomenBeatCovid19. Upon launching our campaign, we saw gender gaps — we established the insight of calling out both the national and local governments to also prioritize women amidst this enhanced community quarantine. We have known that our girls and women are left behind, and so, they are compromised. 





Youth Action 



We received a call that there are stranded students from a State University in our location and nearby areas, and these students are from the far islands of Calayan and Batanes. That's where it all began. The MYI along with its member-advocates, pushed on with the goal of aiding the fellow girls and women thru starting an online movement which instigated the gathering of the youth; contacting local pharmacies and groceries, as we sought to seek for Sanitary Pads as donations. 

 For about three weeks of conducting the project, our initiative has provided sanitary pads for the stranded college girls. And in hopes of reaching more girls, we started to expand our efforts by reaching more communities, like the Indigenous peoples’ community in our place. And so, it continues even now in hospitals to provide sanitary pads for the patients and the frontline workers. Up until this day, we have partnered with two working organizations in this initiative. As firm as our belief and our will of helping p we won't stop in making this initiative and we plan to carry this as a major initiative or project for our growing three weeks organization. 



 

We are proud to say that even boys and men, are happy to help us make this initiative possible by delivering and donating. One by one, town by town we are making our brothers too as feminists. As a core team of nine young people, we are in high hopes of making our place advocacy center of Cagayan Province.



Text By: Isiah Mikael Gasmen


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Is Anti-Terrorism Bill another excuse for the government to silence the public?

Monday, September 14, 2020



Filipinos dismayed with the senate's approval of Anti Terrorism Bill took to Twitter their concerns and desire to junk the bill.

The topic #JunkTerrorBill trended on Twitter with keywords #OustDuterte and “ACTIVISM IS NOT TERRORISM” after the House of Representatives committee on public order and safety approved the substitute version of the Human Security Act.

The bill hands power to the government to define what constitute terrorism, who are to be considered terrorists and its penalties.

Netizens are particularly railing against the administration’s decision, calling it as another excuse for the government to silence the public. An attack on human rights, freedom, and overall democracy of the country.


What's in the Philippines' New Anti-Terrorism Act?


Here are the activities that can be interpreted as "terrorism" under the new bill: 

1. Damage or alleged damage to gov't property;

2. Assault or attempted assault;

3. Purchase or carrying a knife or anything that can be used as a weapon;

4. Meet-ups, suspicion of plotting against gov't;

5. Donating or helping relief drives that aren't government/state-recognized;

6. Participating in a rally or any movement that can cause a "serious risk to public safety";

7. Posting, writing, sharing and/or retweeting posts (even memes) related to "terrorist activities";
Punishable by 12 years in jail to life imprisonment; warrantless arrest minimum 24 days; wiretapping and/or state surveillance."



Here are some of the reactions online:



Under the current administration, the Philippine government has been targeting activists through propaganda, crackdowns, violence. Activism is not terrorism and it’s time the government accept that.


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Calling All Komik Junkies! Penlab.ink Let's You Read Filipino Komiks for free!

Saturday, September 12, 2020

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As early as the turn of the 19th century, Filipino-made komiks have already taken an part in the Philippine pop-culture. From being an effective outlet of political expression to a simple source of entertainment, komiks have gone through a number of phases. The industry of local komiks in the country has had its ups and downs over the years and this time, indie komiks seem to be having a resurgence. 

Through the efforts of dedicated creators of Kalabaw Kolektib , Filipino-made komiks have found a new life in the digital age. Last September 5, the creative group launched Penlab.ink, a website wherein Filipino creators, writers and komik junkies can share their love for komiks together. 

“We collaborated with other creators who wanted to share their comics to more people. We wanted to create a digital space for our shared love for Pinoy komiks, in the same way that cons let you find your favorites and discover new gems,” the creators said.


 
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Penlab.ink is finally up. Read now at: https://penlab.ink/ A website was always in our plans, but with all the work and effort to create just another website for a limited resource of comics, it felt like it wasn't enough. So, the idea grew into something bigger than us. We collaborated with other creators who wanted to share their comics to more people. We wanted to create a digital space for our shared love for Pinoy komiks, in the same way that cons let you find your favorites and discover new gems. Penlab.ink is a place where you can read and share all styles of Pinoy komiks. We're putting it up for free, but there are bigger plans in development to help open options for readers to further support their favorite creators. Okay, tama na drama. TL;DR: Support our community that believes in sharing our own stories. Read on Penlab, tell your friends, and share to the whole world our homegrown Pinoy komiks! #pinoykomiks #komiks #artph #comics #webtoon

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Komiks for Everyone

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According to Kalabaw Kolektib, the initiative aims to provide an avenue for both creators and readers of komiks through Penlab.ink. Interested Filipino-Komik creators can submit their finished works on the Penlab website to give their stories and creations a digital home. 


Penlab.ink features a wide collection of Filipino komiks with different styles and stories—for free! 
Among the top picks on the website are Katipunera Warrior, set in the Philippines during the colonial era, Nagmamahal, Maria Clara which follows Maria Clara in the modern day Manila and Super Proxies with a superhero-esque storyline. Check out Penlab here and support local artists! For more information you can check their Facebook and Instagram.

 
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National Artist Virgilio Almario Has Been Writing Poems Every Day Since March 22

Monday, September 7, 2020

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Respected poet, literary critic, and writer, Virgilio S. Almario, also known by his pen name Rio Alma, has been writing poems every day since March 22.

According to Esquire PH, the National Artist for Literature has been publishing new poems everyday online and plans to write until the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) is lifted. That means we will be having new poems till May 15-unless it gets extended, again. 

 Almario has composed and published 42 poems since March 22.




His latest work, titled Maskara explains how we all wear masks that disguise our true selves. It's a metaphorical take on the facade we carry in front of people and how we mask certain emotions and desires.


Another poem, titled May Paminsan-Minsang Ulan Sa Tag-Aráw (There is Some Rain in the Dry Season) talks about the unseen acts of heroism in this trying times.


You can read more of his recent works on his Facebook page.


Apart from his new poems, Almario's works include the children's story "Ibong Adarna," and Filipino translations of Jose Rizal's "Noli Me Tangere" and "El filibusterismo." He was conferred the rank of national artist in 2003 by then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.



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