Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Tag: June 30

BBL: Make up to break up?

WHEN it was signed early last year, the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) was welcomed albeit cautiously as a road map to peace. Nowaways it is often held up as an effigy of hate, a clarion call for war. It appears that Filipinos, Christians and Muslims, have made up to break up.

But could “lasting peace,” a term thrown around these days casually, be attained through the legislation of a 99-page document that many observers believe would literally make or break the peace?

Campus power bills rise

Illustration by  S.I.R. MacaisaAggressive expansion and the use of power-hungry air-conditioners may have jacked up UST’s electric bill in the past few years, but the rising power consumption trend appears to have stabilized, data obtained by the Varsitarian showed.

Agricultural ‘underinvestment’

A woman selling NFA rice amid long lines of consumers in a wet market near UST. Photo by P.N.P. DIMERIN EVERYDAY, housewife Lorna Galang of Silang, Cavite braves the heat just to get her supply of cheap but poor-quality rice from the state-run National Food Authority (NFA).

Writers, where art thou?

PERHAPS one of the perks of belonging to the Varsitarian’s Literary section is meeting creative writers, most especially Thomasians. These writers not only conduct poetry reading sessions and crafting book collections, but most of them actually end up in the academe as creative writing professors.

Ironically, more often than not, I find myself having to go out of the University just to scout and interview Thomasian writers. As a matter of fact, these writers are highly successful in other universities, being appointed as directors or associates of creative writing centers.