Tanya Hamada's blog

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By Way of a Homecoming

Climbing the Marcos Highway at sunrise, one is greeted by “cloud-kissed mountains” to borrow a phrase from my grandfather. Today is the celebration of Baguio’s Centennial as a chartered city. Today I am coming home to a city I have not lived in for 23 years. My memories are of a kinder and gentler city. The images I return to again and again in my mind are greener and filled with characters a young girl grew up fascinated with. All of us have that place we call home, a repository of our identities and an anchor for our idea of family.

Saying Thank You and Keeping it Real

How does one mark the passing of an icon? Philippine Democracy is richer for the lessons we have learned from Cory Aquino. Some inspiring, some painful, some regretful, some healing, but all necessary. How does one mark the closing of an era? Our country learned that the impossible was possible, people power was power and the street was the parliament. We have painfully realized however that these are not enough. That the workings of democracy need everyday possibilities, everyday power and everyday parliament.

A Heavy Hand and a Storyline

My Facebook status today reads “Maxine Tanya is rightly where her advocate heart lies., in the State of the Indigenous Peoples Address. Whose nation, what nation do we all speak about?” If Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has a facebook account (does she?) it would have probably read” Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will not step down after the SONA. She will keep a heavy…(pause) steady hand on the ship of state”.

Let Us Illustrate the Vote

Live blog from the Come Elect! National Conference of the Ateneo School of Governance and the Transparency and Accountability Network : Ensuring Successful Automation in 2010.

Silently Blogging for a Change*

Sitting in the "silence" of the De La Salle - College of San Benilde Auditorium, I am writing my first live blog. Nines (Nina Terol) is giving a talk on Blogging as the new platform of identity, expressions and even of political involvement. I have just finished my talk on why we should register and vote... The setting seems like any regular YouthVotePhilippines event but there is one special distinction. The audience is composed of about a hundred deaf students 17- 18 years old.

Beaches and Political Comfort Zones

We all have to get out of our political comfort zones!

That’s if you have one to begin with. If not, read this as if you have one or want to have one. And yes, this piece is, as usual, a reflection on the past week’s happenings in “Reform Constituency” land. Reform what? Precisely!

Change Politics

“We have to change politics to be the politics of change”

Narcopolitics - Our Addiction to Bad Politics

Yesterday’s Sunday editorial of the Philippine Daily Inquirer and the accompanying article on drug use in the Philippines got to me. In one word it says it all. Narcopolitics.
ETYMOLOGY: Greek narko-, from narkoun, to numb, from nark, numbness.