NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
FOR those who have dreamt, advocated, struggled and even died for it, social change has been so elusive all these years despite 14 years of Martial Law and two people-powered revolutions.
THERE is now an evolving consciousness that Darwin’s theory of Survival of the Fittest is flawed and must be debunked, a wrong concept that has given way to a roadmap of paradigm that has justified the gross inequities and social injustices in a world where a few oligarchs are in control, that is, if “fittest” is equated to the strongest, the most aggressive who will defeat anyone who dare to challenge to dominate. That dictum only applies to a jungle-like existence like hungry wolves competing who is the one who will eat a cornered prey.
FROM out of their ancestors’ innovative mindset loomed the 8th wonder of the world – the Banaue Rice Terraces.
What was even more awesome then that for thousands of years, the Indigenous People of Mountain Province had lived abundantly in a land oozing with ecological resources in the spirit of sharing and services to one another. They even collectively transformed the land into rice terraces, using technologies that trust in the inherent processes of nature.
MERRY Christmas! This is a wish more than a greeting, a prayer that despite the ecological disasters we are facing, we must all be happy and thank God for “sending us His beloved Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” Yes, God loves us so much that He does not want us to suffer any calamity, unless of course, we ourselves have asked for it through our actions or inactions. What we have done to Mother Earth is very glaring. Let us now all reflect.
THEY are the new breed of freedom fighters, waging a war not anymore against external forces but struggling to unfetter themselves from the bondage of hunger and poverty. This time, the call is not anymore to liberate the people from colonial rule but from oppressive structures that imprison the people from the vicious cycle of economic difficulties.