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 - 7:52pm :: ISD-Philippines | Culture
By Antonio M. Claparols
October 30, 2005 | Philippine Star

TF! Editorial Comment: A growing body of evidence is pointing to sustainable agriculture as the only solution to agricultural development and genuine food security. In spite of this, some corporations continue to push for genetically engineered crops with their accompanying human, social and ecological risks. In the article below, civil society groups are raising an alarm over the proposed introduction of genetically engineered rice in Asia where it plays a central role in the cultural, social, [and] spiritual life of communities throughout Asia."
Posted on October 30, 2005 - 8:00pm :: ISD-Philippines | Society
Nicanor Perlas
29 October 2005 | TruthForce! News and Features

The Peoples Assembly for Genuine Alternatives to Social Apathy (PAG-ASA) yesterday launched its Resign Immediately Peke! (RIP) Signature Cammpaign calling on Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) to resign and stop pretending she is the President of the Philippines. PAG-ASA expects to gather 1 million signatures nationwide asking the Peke (fake) President to step down from office amidst a litany of allegations ranging from cheating, to lying, to stealing.

PAG-ASA's campaign is part of its cultural and spiritual mobilization to provide a deeper meaning, relevance, and practice to All Souls Day and All Saints Day, two of the major religious events of the year.
Posted on October 30, 2005 - 7:05pm :: ISD-Philippines | Society
By Walden Bello*
October 26, 2005 | Philippine Daily Inquirer

TF! Editorial Comment: The Philippines has gained a global reputation for, among others, non-violent people power as a means to overthrow corrupt, authoritarian regimes. In the article below, well-known sociologist Walden Bello analyzes the present trajectory of Philippine democracy from the promise of people power to elite capture of electoral politics and the current chaotic struggle for the soul of the nation. Among several contending visions, he places hope in the emergence of a "new left" of progressive forces pursuing democratic renewal and social reform.