Month: September 2017

Filipino poet wins literary award

  Vancouver Karla Lenina Comanda wins Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writer award By Ted Alcuitas LiterAsian has awarded the Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award for Poetry  to Karla Lenina Comanda. Comanda is the second Filipino to win the literary award by LiterAsian, an  annual festival of Pacific Rim Asian Canadian writing launched in 2013 by the Asian Canadian Writers Workshop (ACWW). ACWW publishes the online Ricepaper where Comanda is Fiction Editor. Comanda is graduating  next month with a Master of Fine Arts (MFA)  in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. She completed a degree in Comparative literature with a minor in Creative Writing from the University of Alberta. Born and raised in the Philippines, Comanda left for Canada in the middle of a Journalism course at the Unviersity of Santo Tomas. She obtained a degree in Comparative Literature, with a minor in Creative Writing (with distinction) from the University of Alberta. Comanda has been featured in LitFest: Edmonton’s Nonfiction Festival. Her works have appeared in Contemporary Verse 2: Poetry Lives Here, Glass Buffalo, and Paragon. Her short play ‘Medium’ was performed at Studio 1398 in Granville Market in March this year. This year, the award has been renamed the Jim Wong-Chu (JWC)  Emerging Writers  Award in honour of the pioneering efforts of Jim Wong-Chu who died in July. Its previous winners include  Rita Wong who  burst on to the...

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Miguel Syjuco : It’s as if we Filipinos haven’t learned.

   Duterte’s Enablers By Miguel Syjuco Contributing Writer New York Times Sept. 20, 2017   The body of an alleged drug dealer killed during a police operation in Manila, in August.CreditNoel Celis/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Rodrigo Duterte is not to blame for the thousands of Filipinos killed during the 15 months of his presidency. That’s what his supporters claim. His popularity is pitched as proof of his mandate, and his iconoclasm is cast as an effective antidote to a dilapidated democracy that has always thrived on inequality. Many of the president’s actions, however, remain indefensible. But he is not the only one to blame. Mr. Duterte’s allies in the government, his die-hard supporters and well-rewarded propagandists — the cogs in his political machinery — have been revved up to great momentum. Their drive to quash opposition has been taken up with a righteous zeal that may outpace even the president. The recent murder of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos fits a pattern we’ve seen repeatedly for more than a year. Closed-circuit television footage, witnesses and an autopsy all testify to police culpability. Yet in the days following the public release of this evidence, Mr. Duterte’s most vocal supporters joined the police in casting the victim as a drug runner and his father and uncle as dealers. Even the secretary of justice stonewalledagainst calls for investigation, wielding the usual excuses that...

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How the diaspora struggled against Marcos martial law

  A plea by Ted Alcuitas Today is the 45th year since Marcos declared martial law in the Philippines. We are posting images of the struggle during that era and will continue posting images from the past. It is important that we recall what happened because it is now coming back to haunt us. The current administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is virtually putting the country under martial law. He runs rough shod over the lives of the poor , so-called ‘adiks’, mowing them like chickens in his demented ‘war on drugs’ while the ‘elite’ drug lords are spared  from his murderous rampage. Is the diaspora  going to stand idly by and watch our brothers and sisters  being butchered by a murderous president? No! We will not! Use the modern tools of the internet. We maybe far from the ground of the struggle but we have the power in our fingerstips. Magkapit visit! Huwag Matakot!  ...

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Blog: Manny’s Grill and Silog House

 whatsinmymouth Getting a mouthful at Manny’s  By Monica Urrutia A new Filipino restaurant opened up in my neighbourhood recently and I finally had a chance to try it: Manny’s Grill and Silog House, Authentic Manila BBQ by Kayturing. For full disclosure, I will say up front that I do know the owner but I believe I still provide an unbiased review below. I have often driven by this site on 6th Street commenting that it would be a perfect spot for a Filipino restaurant given the few alternatives nearby and the growing Filipino presence in the neighbourhood, so I was pleasantly surprised when I heard about Manny’s opening up. We started with lumpia shanghai for an appetizer. The quantity of spring rolls and the price met industry standard. It came to us piping hot, with a crispy exterior and flavourful stuffing. The kiddo enjoyed it, which is always a good gauge for us. For our main, we ordered bilao, which means woven tray. You choose from among three different sizes and it contains a variety of food offerings. Given we were a party of three, we ordered a small bilao. It came with two barbeque skewers, shrimp, stuffed squid, grilled eggplant, choice of fish (fried marinated milkfish or tilapia – we choose the milkfish), and choice of rice – we went with garlic rice. A couple of dipping sauces and atchara completed the...

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Never Again: No to Martial Law

Updated: 8:04 PM, Sept. 20, 2017 Stop the Killings By Ted Alcuitas Today is the 45th anniversary of martial law in the Philippines when the dictator Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law on September 21, 1972. But while martial law happened 45 years ago, we see the spectre of martial law happening under President Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte has threatened to impose martial law for the whole country while still maintaining martial law in the city of Marawi in Mindanao. Disparate opposition forces in the Philippines and abroad have mobilized to express their opposition including the extra-judicial killings (EJK). We have to stand against the killings and the threat of martial law. In 1984, I stood against the Marcos dictatorship. I stood again against the killings done during the Arroyo regime. Today I make the same stand. Will you? Editorial: No to martial law!...

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