what i read: cultures & boundaries

In an effort to reboot my blog, I’m rounding up (yet again) things I’ve read (both on and off the internet) these past handful of days. I’m slowly easing out of a writing rut, in a manner of speaking.

Here we go.

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that storm named glenda

What a day this has been. Typhoon Glenda (international name: Rammasun) swept through the city today, uprooting trees and cutting power, affecting millions of households in Luzon. Woke at 2 in the morning to howling winds, and really, after Ondoy in 2009, nothing has been quite the same around here, has it? Howling winds kept me up until about 3 a.m., when the power went out and I was forced to sleep to save battery. When we woke around 7, the wind was still howling, and looking out our window, there was zero visibility. Approaching noon, the skies cleared up, but the power was still mostly out. Until now, many households are still struggling with the power loss.

That was the strongest typhoon since Yolanda, and you could tell we all still bear scars from that last time.

Here’s how the rest of the world reported on Glenda/Rammasun:

Here be the photos I posted on Instagram today:

Night watch

Zero visibility

Video:

Relatively clearer skies approaching mid-morning

Additional updates:

said and done

When the news broke about DOMA last night, I had just come home from class and I was trying to eat late dinner. I was idly refreshing my Twitter when one of my friends tweeted that DOMA had been declared unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court. Too many things to feel all at once, but mostly, at that moment, all I could think about was how this was going to change the lives of thousands of people in same-sex marriages and families.  Continue reading said and done

On parenting, gay kids, and other things

The other day, a column by Christine Bersola-Babao with the title “Being Gay” garnered much attention online for its controversial assertions about parenting and homosexuality among children. I was so offended by more than a handful of parenting suggestions (Arrest the situation, yun yung tama — Arrest talaga?? Like I were a criminal, or, say, a trend of dwindling sales?! My goodness.)

Anyway — don’t want to dwell on obviously misinformed opinion. So we head to some sober points raised by a couple of responses to that:

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habemus papam!

Habemus remat! PDI re-did its front page at 3 a.m. to give you this today.
Habemus remat! PDI re-did its front page at 3 a.m. to give you this today. (Photo from @inquirerdotnet)

New Pope, new layout! Chos.

Anyway, I missed the whole thing, which apparently occurred around 3 a.m. (8 p.m. Vatican time, I suppose) — when I woke at 5:30 I still had my glasses on, my cell phone’s Tweetdeck was open and there was already a new pope. Good job, Kate. Tsk.

On the upside: I totally won the Research section bet by saying the New Pope would be out by 3/13 9 p.m. Vatican time. Yes, we’re dorks. (The last betting game we had? GDP growth. Which I also won haha. All for fun, btw.)

So yeah. Rounded up a few Habemus Papam links over at the media blog (which I do have!) — Habemus Papam!: The Pope Francis Link Round-up over at Grrrl911.

A few interesting things:

  • Described as a “Latin American pope with Italian roots and German education” — best of all worlds?
  • Essentially anti-gay; described same-sex adoption as “discrimination” vs children. Described gay rights movement as “demonic.” (Well, what’s new? On the upside, I’m under 30, and already I’ve seen 3 popes; I guess that’s one pope per decade? I hope I live long enough for one who would NOT call us demonic, for a change. Simple lang naman.)
  • However: praised as a very austere “Prince of the Church” — rode public transport, cooked own food, etc.
  • Has been at odds with Argentinian gov’t. Argentina: Legal same-sex marriage, legal contraceptives, divorce.
  • Rumored to have been a runner-up in the 2005 conclave
  • Soft spot for AIDS patients
  • Criticized priests who refused to baptize children out of wedlock

Well, I do wish the new Pontiff the best of luck and blessings. Seems to me there is a LOT to be done.

manila floods echo around the world (stormwatch 8/9 on storify)

From where I sit here in Makati, the sun is already up and after so many days, I managed to see the street in front of our house sans flood water. A definite improvement. Here’s hoping for better days ahead.

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