Philippine national hero Jose Rizal wrote to the women of Malolos once, expressing his admiration for their courage in standing up to authorities for their right to education. I’ve never read that letter — I suppose the nuns and priests running the Catholic schools I studied at would not have thought it A Good Thing for us to be something other than Maria Clara types — till I saw Red’s article today at the Filipino Freethinkers site which had the full text of Rizal’s letter.
No longer does the Filipina stand with her head bowed nor does she spend her time on her knees, because she is quickened by hope in the future; no longer will the mother contribute to keeping her daughter in darkness and bring her up in contempt and moral annihilation…
The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines hosted a dinner forum with LGBT advocacy groups on The Struggle for LGBT Equality in the U.S. on Friday, May 27, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. in the Botero Dali Room, Sulo Riviera Hotel, Quezon City. The speaker for the event was Ms. Christine Sun, former senior counsel, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation.
“Just because we are a predominantly Catholic country doesn’t mean we can impose Catholic dogma on every Filipino. That is the job of the clergy and they can do as they please in the Church and its activities with their flock. But, in the halls of Congress, the Constitution is clear, – – there must be a separation of Church and State. If for the sake of argument, 99.9% of Filipinos were Catholic and every single one expressed a certain view, I would still be standing here today to fight for the rights of that 1 Filipino who is entitled to choices based on his religion and not the religion of the majority … because that is the mandate of our Constitution — that we make laws respecting the freedom of religion of all without the Church interfering with matters that should be left with the State.”
Apparently, it only takes feminist rage for me to get off my ass and write something for our org’s website. From FilipinoFreethinkers.org — National misogynist hero:
An undisputed national hero and distinguished gentleman representative from Sarangani, Manny Pacquiao was staunchly against the RH Bill. He quoted the Bible, and said, in effect, that any attempts to curb reproduction was against the will of his god. While we’re not sure how the personal religious beliefs of this pregnancy-challenged man have to do with us uterus-carrying citizens, people pointed out that his wife Jinkee has admitted to being on the pill. Now he’s bragging that he made his wife Jinkee stop taking pills and have more kids.
A week ago on Thursday, my favorite shop Space Encounters launched its new line of furniture, dubbed “Hunting Season”. No animal prints, but there was faux fur and gorgeousness all around. Check it out.
“Happy Even After” is a forum for solo parents defined as those who were married, once married, widowed or are raising other people’s children as their own. During these talks, a guest speaker shares their own experience about surviving and loving solo parenthood. Experts who provide advice on a range of topics from the serious like legal and financial concerns—to the essentials of looking good on a tight budget are also invited.
Every year on the first Saturday of May, comic bookstores give away free comic books. Geeks and anyone else who wants to sample a bunch of comics for free line up as early as 7-8 am so as not to miss out. Admittedly, the only comic book I’ve been reading recently is the Buffy one, but that’s mostly because I haven’t been reading much lately (will rectify this soon!). However, I always enjoy the stuff I get from FCBD. I wonder how many free comics I can score this year. It will be hard to hit all the shops that have FCBD, but I’ll try! [Read the full article on The Entropy Blog]
Every month, somewhere in the Metro, there is Geekfight. A bunch of, well, geeks gather in groups at a bar (usually Quantum) to compete in a live trivia contest. The prize? Who cares. This is for honor.
I’m not a tea drinker, but my friend Dek loves Twinings so much I thought I’d try it. Not anytime soon, but I was at the grocery tonight and they had this free limited edition mugs which came with boxes of the stuff, and the mug was soooo cute, I couldn’t resist.
Dinner (sort of) at Coffee Bean today with T&W and W’s team. Apparently that lovely mixed green salad at Sweet Bella last Monday wasn’t enough to fulfill this weird salad craving I’ve been having these past few days. (I don’t eat salad. And I make fun of people who eat salad.) So I had this, the chinese chicken salad:
After Jeiel’s birthday lunch last week in Amici, we went to Bfast for dessert. I didn’t know what to try, so Karlo suggested I try the pavlova. It didn’t look like much, especially since they didn’t add the mangoes till right before they served it, but it turned out to be amazing.