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BATANG MINDANAW: Hustisya

Ilang taon na naman bang hihintayin? Umiitim na ang hangin, Umabot na tayo sa anim, Hustisya’y di parin mapasamin. Umiiyak na ang araw, Mga luha ay umaapaw, Kaluluwa ng mga...

BATANG MINDANAW: We remember, and we grieve

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 November) -- Today reminded me I once wrote a poem addressing Imee Marcos. It was October of last year, when...

BATANG MINDANAW: Ordure of a buried wax

I know what you did. You can hide behind all that silver and gold, But I can see the ugly and rotten black behind All that made up beauty. I know what you did. You promised to make me happy, That with you I'll never be lonely. I really thought you were the one, you know? I mean, it wasn't that hard. I had always been easily attracted To brilliant minds, And boy, were you brilliant. How you made love to my brain. But the brain is a deceitful friend. Had I looked into your heart, I would have seen that you didn't have one. I would have seen that inside you was A black hole that sucked everything good. Inside you was a Pandora's box that released All evil out into the world. A man with his words And his nonexistent heart. A harbinger of pain and suffering. His brilliant mind disguised his dark insides. You have cheated me once. And now you've come back To cheat on me again. Now you've come back To revive the heartbreak You once gave me, As if the first time wasn't hard enough. But like the last time, I will fight back. I will take back what is rightfully mine; Until I lose my breath; Until the last tooth and nail fall out. That day will come. Eventually. Until I no longer have to shed tears of pain, But of joy. Until the sun reflects Not the red of rage, But of love. So yes. Maybe your body can be buried. Maybe you can wear the fanciest, Whitest, Purest burial clothes. Maybe you can be placed in the grandest, Most intricate coffin. Maybe you can be given the Applause of 21 guns. But you cannot bury The anguish of the thousand mothers Who lost their children to a grim future They didn't want to be part of. You cannot bury the cries Of pain and torture From the ones who only fought For what they believed they deserved--they did Not deserve you. You cannot bury the reek of your evil; Its scent has only gotten stronger. You have cheated me Again and again. I will keep fighting Again and again. So yes. Maybe you can be buried. But I know what you did, And I know what I should do. (Alexandria M. Mordeno, 17, is a 2nd year Political Science student at Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology. She wrote this piece on November 19). 

BATANG MINDANAW: A hero’s grave for a mass murderer’s body

(The author, Reil Benedict Obinque, 19, is editor in chief of Atenews, the student publication of the Ateneo de Davao University, posted  19 November...

BATANG MINDANAW: #NeverForget

MIAG-AO, Iloilo (MindaNews/ 18 November) -- Today, I was approached by a stranger to attend a candle-lighting event to protest the burial of Marcos. I...

BATANG MINDANAO: Intervention

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 May) – A winged red ant climbed onto my neck, attracted by the laptop light. I swat, and it...

BATANG MINDANAW: Riding Toothless

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/25 August) – It was my last day in Malaybalay before leaving for Iligan City. Finally. And I wouldn’t be travelling alone,...

BATANG MINDANAW: The cruel D

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/24 April) -- Depression comes in many ways. It’s not always cutting your wrists until you’re drowning in your own blood or...

BATANG MINDANAW: Conquer the unknown

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/23 April) – Humanity has made countless great feats and it seems like we have achieved so much, but ultimately, we have...

BATANG MINDANAW: Of hugs and heaven

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/ 19 January) -- The best part of our recollection as fourth year students was not our awesome shirts, the impressive speaker...

BATANG MINDANAW: Ate Mara

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/26 December) -- At about 7:10 pm on December 9, news about the bus bombing in Central Mindanao University was broadcast on...

BATANG MINDANAW: Greek hangover

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/12 November) -- I don’t know how it feels to have a hangover from drinking too much alcohol, but it must really...

BATANG MINDANAW: Eternal Optimists

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/27 June) -- The location of the ocean is most endearing to those who seek comfort in blue. Those who want to...

BATANG MINDANAW: Eos’ Journey

TEXAS, USA (MindaNews/09 March) -- "Your name should sound more American,” says the boy across from me, grinning as he switches and replaces letters...

BATANG MINDANAW: Before the dawn

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/07 March) -- Dawn was a mystical time of day for, as the sun rose above the perfect line of the horizon,...

BATANG MINDANAW: Confessions of a Gamer

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/06 March) -- I was born and raised in an environment where technology is reaching its peak, so when I was still...

BATANG MINDANAW: Ave Atque Vale (Hail and Farewell)

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/24 February) -- My childhood was nothing but fun and adventures. I lived in an utterly blissful place where anything was possible...

BATANG MINDANAW: The big bang sans theory

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/31 Jan) -- I have been asked quite a number of times to describe myself in one word – and I’m sure...

BATANG MINDANAW: On being and becoming

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 4 December) – This is for the ones who are having a hard time. Don’t worry, you’ll make it. Nothing...

BATANG MINDANAW: Thoughts on the recent Mindanao bombings

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 Aug) -- As the news about the recent spate of bombings in Mindanao circulated once again, I was upset. We’ve been...

BATANG MINDANAW: Who Should Take the Blame?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 August) -- On July 26, an explosive device went off in a commercial area in Cagayan de Oro, leaving six dead...

BATANG MINDANAW: My Lifetime Trek

SARANGANI (MindaNews/23 September) -- In November 2010, we were happily trekking the trails of Barangay Pag-asa, Alabel, Sarangani on our way to conduct a...

BATANG MINDANAW: Between the Cross and the Crescent Moon. By Arriza Ann S. Nocum

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/04 March) -- I am a hybrid. My mother is a Muslim. My father is a Roman Catholic. I was baptized twice, of...

BATANG MINDANAW: Stories True Heroes Tell Themselves

I live mine in make believe – daydreaming has always been my hobby of choice. I would always take every chance to shift my attention to somewhere out-of-this-word. How I tell myself stories is rather childish to the point of cute. As with the egocentrism of a toddler, I would always be the protagonist. I would play a certain, sometimes-unconventional role. Doctor, fireman, soldier. Magician, jeepney driver, hermit, snake-charmer. More recently, as a psychologist (about time I did). The possibilities are always asymptotic to infinite.

BATANG MINDANAW: Christmas Wish

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 December) -- After a ‘heart to heart’ talk with my DOD this afternoon when he came early from work, I discovered that...

BATANG MINDANAW: Being Selfish Is the Better Alternative

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 August) -- My mother, a teacher, wanted to make herself look glamorous for an event at school. To complete her get-up,...

BATANG MINDANAW: Secrets of the Kill by Randolph R. Reserva

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 February) -- It would have felt like flying from Hong Kong to Moscow at sunset – looking outside the window of...

BATANG MINDANAW: Movie Review: The Guardians of Ga'Hoole. By Sage Danielle Ilagan

By Sage Danielle Ilagan DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 October) -- The books that the movie was based on were interesting and delightful to read. From the...

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