Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Monday, May 29, 2006
Monday, May 22, 2006
The rainy season is back and together with it came not the rumble and crashing of lighning bolts but the ground-shaking arrival of heavy machinery and a beehive of workers poised to forcibly demolish another informal settlement of the poor.This little girl welcomes us to the aftermath
The partial portrait or the Germo Family. Mr. Germo, the head of the family of five smaller families was a carpenter. When he retired about 20 years ago, he built this house for his growing family.Their house stands on Government property and was allowed to settle here during the term of then President Corazon Aquino.The time has come for him to settle elsewhere, the demolition of their community signals the start of a road-widening project of the government.
Their predicament; the family has staked a major part of their meager earnings in improving their home and there is no talk about where the government is planning to resettle them .School opening is barely a month away, the rains have come and there will be no roof to protect the brood....especially the children.
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
When I was small, and christmas trees were tall,
We used to love while others used to play.
Don’t ask me why, but time has passed us by,
Some one else moved in from far away.
Lyrics from an old song ....but not appropriate for todays issues...lets look for a more fitting theme.
Into the streets May First,
Into the roaring Square
Shake the midtown towers,
Shatter the downtown air.
Come with a storm of banners.
Come with an earthquake tread.
Bells hurl out of your belfries.
Red flag, leap out your red.
Out of the shops and factories
Up with the sickle and hammer.
Comrades, these are our tools:
A song and a banner.
From our hearts roll song,
Banner leap up and be free
Song and banner together.
Down with the bourgeoisie.
Sweep the city forward.
Today is a barricade.
We hurl the bright bomb of the sun,
The moon like a hand grenade.
Pour forth like a second flood.
Thunder the alps of the air.
Subways, roar out our millions.
Comrades, into the square.
Copland's setting won the Workers Music League/New Masses May Day song competition.
Blitzstein's music was later used, with new words, in the Memorial Day Parade that opens
Act II of Leonard Lehrman's completion of his opera, Sacco and Vanzetti.