Posted on November 9, 2005 - 12:51pm :: Good News | ISD-Philippines | Culture
09 November 2005 | TruthForce! News and Features (TNF)

Cultural Extravaganza for a Sustainable Future

Dungog Panay is attracting attention. The city of Iloilo is awash in posters and streamers announcing the event and people are taking notice.

Amidst widespread frustration, anger and despair, many are asking: "Does the Philippines have a future?" Here in Panay, many share these concerns, yet in our midst are individuals and groups, including tens of thousands of micro-entrepreneurs who, through dedication and excellence, are already creating the foundations of another, more visionary Philippines. Thus, was born: "Dungog Panay", a conference and mini festival highlighting excellence and achievement in Panay with the theme: "Celebrating Excellence for a Visionary Panay", to be held November 12-13, 2005 at the West Visayas State University Cultural Center.
Posted on November 9, 2005 - 12:51pm :: Good News | ISD-Philippines | Culture
09 November 2005 | TruthForce! News and Features (TNF)

Cultural Extravaganza for a Sustainable Future

Dungog Panay is attracting attention. The city of Iloilo is awash in posters and streamers announcing the event and people are taking notice.

Amidst widespread frustration, anger and despair, many are asking: "Does the Philippines have a future?" Here in Panay, many share these concerns, yet in our midst are individuals and groups, including tens of thousands of micro-entrepreneurs who, through dedication and excellence, are already creating the foundations of another, more visionary Philippines. Thus, was born: "Dungog Panay", a conference and mini festival highlighting excellence and achievement in Panay with the theme: "Celebrating Excellence for a Visionary Panay", to be held November 12-13, 2005 at the West Visayas State University Cultural Center.
Posted on November 6, 2005 - 11:56pm :: Editorial
By Nicanor Perlas
November 6, 2005

In recent weeks, enemies of civil society, especially those from the decadent government of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) have attacked some leaders of civil society as being too political. These enemies of civil society are not alone. Civil society leaders also increasingly hear their friends complaining that they are becoming too political. In expressing very clear and strong opinions about political developments, some civil society leaders are supposedly abandoning their civil society stance and entering directly into the realm of politics.
Posted on November 6, 2005 - 11:23pm :: Contributors
Panjee Tapales Lopez
6 November 2005

I received a letter last week that carried many disturbing insights. In it, the writer said that I could worry about morality because I’m materially blessed; he needs to survive. The writer told the sad tale of his lavandera who has to sell shabu on the side to make ends meet. No one in his neighborhood has the heart to squeal on her.

I wrote back and told him about the farmer who came to one of Pag-Asa’s gatherings and shared how close he came to crime because the government funds due him never made it. His family was starving, but he realized a life of crime would make things worse for everyone. He knew it was not the answer. I continue to hear his voice today.
Posted on November 6, 2005 - 8:14pm :: Good News | ISD-World Affairs | Society
By Angela Castellanos
October 16, 2005 | Women's e News

TF! Editorial Comment: While many have already come to recognize the skills and capacities of women to hold leadership positions--whether in political, economic or cultural life--disparities persist in levels of participation by women in most of these positions. The article below describes an innovative attempt by the Mayor of Bogota to bring governance and accountability closer to the community – and he is relying on women to do it.