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That hometown feeling - Professor Danton Remoto

That hometown feeling 14 SHARES LODESTAR - Danton Remoto (The Philippine Star) - May 5, 2018 - 12:00am Oas is a strange town. It is famous for the number of priests it produces while on the next town sits Polangui, one of Albay’s sources of the best bailarinas (dance hall girls) in the country. But aside from this, Oas also sports food that can do any small town proud. It has white bagoong which, when mixed with calamansi juice, tastes like no other in the country. They also have binasuso (rice cakes) and balls of cocoa made from madre de cacao that grew in profusion in the land. There was laing, of course, dried taro leaves simmered in coconut milk, pork or shrimp, ginger and bagoong. I was there one Holy Week many years ago. When we arrived, my grandfather was already there, still tall but thinner than I remember him. He stood by the gate and we waved at him. My parents, aunt and uncle walked over to him and kissed his hand. They were beginning to make small noises about the tri…
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Ladlad joining House, Senate races; seeks end to hate-slays of LGBTs 18-May-12, 4:03 PM | Marlene Alcaide, TV5 and Pots de Leon, InterAksyon.com InterAksyon.com The online news portal of TV5 MANILA, Philippines - (UPDATE: 4:31 PM] With music, some dancing, pink attire and a short program, Ladlad party list, once dubbed by CNN as the only gay political party in the world, signaled its intention to join the 2013 elections for Congress. And, besides throwing its hat into the party-list race, Ladlad is also eyeing a seat in the upper chamber, with no less than its founder and chairman, Prof. Danton Remoto, declaring a plan to run for senator. Ladlad leaders and supporters on Friday filed with the Commission on Elections a formal participation to join the race as a party list. Party members will be seeking again the songressional seats represented by Bemz Benedicto, Atty. Germaine Trittle Leonin and Raymond Alikpala. "Kami ang avengers ng Philippine politics; nagbabalik kami, par…

Transgender heads UP student body

March 3, 2012
By Julie M. Aurelio
Philippine Daily Inquirer


Marking a new milestone, students of the premier University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, elected their first openly transgender chairperson of the university student council (USC).

In elections concluded Thursday night, Heart Diño bested three other candidates, including independent candidate Martin Loon of the UP College of Law and Amancio Melad III of the militant Stand UP coalition.

Born Gabriel Paolo Diño, 22-year-old Heart recently completed a bachelor of science degree in mathematics, magna cum laude, and is currently an MS Applied Mathematics major. She led the Alyansa ticket (Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral para sa Panlipunang Katwiran at Kaunlaran) and campaigned on a platform of antigender discrimination, transparency and zero fraternity-related violence.

Before winning the top post in the state university council, she was a popular councilor who headed the USC committee on gender and a leader of the UP Babaylan, …

REMOTO CONTROL

Pinoy Parazzi
January 25, 2012

A REVERED name both in the academe and in politics, isa na ring ganap na radio commentator si Danton Remoto via his evening program aptly titled Remoto Control on Radyo Singko 92.3 News FM.

Spicing up the 9:30 p.m. block from Mondays to Fridays, the former English and Literature professor at the Ateneo de Manila University (where he taught for 22 years) promises na ang naturang programa “ay para sa mga misis na nag-aabang sa asawang pauwi ng bahay, o sa mga sekyong nakatalaga sa building, o sa mga yaya na nagpaplantsa ng damit ng kanilang mga amo, o sa mga karaniwang Pinoy na uhaw sa mga napapanahong impormasyon sa ating kapaligiran.”

Within Danton’s program are segments like Sulyap sa Nakaraan, Kalabit sa Balita (a fearless, no-holds-barred editorial), Super Sounds, a portion dedicated to the Pinoys who have excelled in their fields of endeavour and a compilation of ages-old Filipino legends and myths.

Currently the News5 Research head and host of Tayuan Mo …

May radio program na

from Tempo newspaper
January 29, 2012

May radio program na si Danton Remoto, isa sa mga nirerespetong pangalan sa akademiya at pulitika. Si Danton ang head ng NEWS5 Research at host ng talk show na “Tayuan Mo At Panindigan” sa all-news channel na “Aksyon TV” ng TV5.

Mapapakinggan si Remoto sa “ Remoto Control" sa Radyo Singko, 92.3 News FM, 9:30 to 10:15 pm pagkatapos ng “Sakto kay Paolo at Cherie” nina Paolo Bediones at Cherie Mercado. Hitik sa impormasyon ang radio program ni Danton para sa mga misis,yaya, security guards, sa mga gustong mag- OFW’s at mga taong gustong matuto sa pamamagitan ng non-formal education. May usapan din tungkol sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas, alamat, myth at iba pang urban legend ng mga Pinoy, komentaryo sa maiinit na isyu sa bansa, atbpa.

Nagturo rin si Danton ng English at Literature for 22 years sa Ateneo University. Siya ang nagtatag ng Ladlad Party List na tumataguyod sa mga karapatan ng lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT).

PH gets barely passing score in media assessment

PH gets barely passing score in media assessment
13-Dec-11, 3:54 PM | Nonoy Espina, InterAksyon.com


The Philippine assessment, presented to journalists and journalism schools on Tuesday, is the fourth undertaken under the Asian Media Barometer, a project by Friedrich Eibert Stiftung and partners in participating countries that involves a series of “self-assessment exercise(s) based on criteria derived from international standards of media freedom.”

The first three countries to undertake the assessment are India and Pakistan -- both in 2009 -- and Thailand last year.

The 104-page Philippine report is the result of a two-day panel discussion in early October in Tagaytay to which 10 experts -- five each from media and civil society -- were invited to assess the media situation in the country based on 45 predetermined indicators, in turn clustered into four sectors, that they were asked to grade anonymously on a scale of 1 to 5, with five being the best possible score.

Overall, the Philippine…

Fr. Bernas: Contraceptive devices are not 'anti-life'

Fr. Bernas: Contraceptive devices are not 'anti-life'
CANDICE MONTENEGRO, GMA News
09/26/2011 | 01:50 PM


Influential Jesuit priest and constitutional lawyer Fr. Joaquin Bernas, SJ said that family planning as proposed in the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill is not necessarily "anti-life", putting him at odds with conservative Catholics who oppose the bill.

In a column published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Monday, Bernas sought to clarify what being "anti-life" precisely means, for the term has been used "in the most pejorative way" in current RH bill debates.

"It is used in the sense of being against existing life. Murder, in other words," he said.

However, he said that in the currently toxic debate on contraceptives, "anti-life" could be construed to include people who do not want to add more human life to an already crowded population. He cited for example a married couple who decide to abstain from acts that …