IRIN News: Faces of HIV grow younger

This article was originally published in the IRIN News website on March 8, 2011. MANILA, 8 March 2011 (PlusNews) – Newly reported HIV infections among young people have increased 10-fold in the past three years in the Philippines, one of only seven countries worldwide where overall infections continue to climb, according to the government. While […]

IRIN News: Food for cash goes mobile

Photo: Steven Lilley/Flickr Look closely, it’s a bank MANILA, 6 October 2010 (IRIN) – A humanitarian relief agency will soon begin using mobile phones to send cash to employees of rehabilitation projects in typhoon-hit areas in northern Philippines. The UN World Food Programme (WFP), with the Department of Social Welfare, is issuing SIM cards to […]

Metro Magazine Empowered Filipinas

This article was originally published in Metro Magazine June 2010 issue. Suzan, a stay at home mom based in the Gulf, says that after making small talk at a party, a man propositioned her thinking she was for hire. Every Filipina, at some point or another, has been on the receiving end of the stinging […]

IRIN News: Number of Poor Children Increasing in the Philippines

This article was originally published in IRIN News Manila, 17 September 2010 (IRIN) – A new study by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), estimates that 12.8 million children under the age of 15 are living in poverty, an increase of one million over a three-year period. “Forty-four percent […]

The Manila Times: Motherhood, The Great Divide

They say that mother is one of the world’s greatest equalizers that bind women together regardless of race, culture or social status. In a lot of ways, that is true, what mother doesn’t love her child? The urge to nurture, care for and protect one’s offspring is so ingrained in us that it is quite simply put—instinctive.

IRIN News: Philippines: Empowering Mid-Wives

This article was originally published on the IRIN News website. PHILIPPINES: Empowering midwives to curb maternal deaths Photo: Courtesy of UNFPA Philippines Midwives play a crucial role in rural parts of the country MANILA,, 26 May 2010 (IRIN) – Giving midwives access to further training in life-saving skills could prevent up to 80 percent of […]

Five Weeks of School at the Office

WAKING UP EARLY EVERYDAY and clocking in 8 hours in an office may not sound like a fun way to spend your summer vacation. But not for a select group of 15 interns who are getting a taste of ad agency life at the BBDO Guerrero Proximity office.

Painting the Town Pink: A Salute to Ang Ladlad

I first met Danton Remoto in Bali at an international AIDS conference (ICAAP9) last year. I was attending as a media scholar and he was attending as the Communications Officer for the UNDP (United Nations Development Program). We sat beside each other in the pressroom while I was reviewing the slides for a presentation. I […]

WMN.PH: Surviving Single Motherhood

This article was published in wmn.ph in April 2010. It’s been eight and a half years and the question that I am most often asked now is: “How did you do it?” The wonder that accompanies this question, which sometimes borders on amazement, still surprises me. By Ana Santos It’s such departure from the range […]