Effectively Reducing Disaster Casualties

Effectively Reducing Disaster Casualties

In the Philippines, where heavy rains commonly fall especially around the ‘wet’ season of August and September, it takes a lot for natives to feel threatened about the possible harms of the weather. It takes a lot to dampen the Filipino spirit, as they say — but this type of mindset wasn’t quite the same … Continue reading

The Door of Fear

The Door of Fear

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear”- George Addair. What a daring and strong quote. It is very thought-provoking since you would question yourself wondering what does this mean exactly. It means that your fears are getting in the way of you realizing your true potential that would lead to your happiness … Continue reading

Human Dignity in the Eye of Fiction

Human Dignity in the Eye of Fiction

The art of weaving words together, turning them from phrases into long meaningful sentences, evolving into a complete collection of words, making up a prose, poetry or essay – had always excited me ever since I was a child. I had always wanted to be a writer. To tell a delightful story, to be the … Continue reading

A call for Solidarity

A call for Solidarity

As every year, Christmas is coming. You can feel it everywhere around you: Christmas lights decorating the main streets of cities and towns, traditional songs playing in many radio stations, families making Christmas trees and putting decorations on their doors and balconies, people rushing to buy gifts, and stores plenty of special offers. In other … Continue reading

Respecting Time, Respecting Others

Respecting Time, Respecting Others

Time is said to be one of the “priceless” commodities in this world, along with freedom, life, love, health, etc. Ironically, it is priceless and yet something we spend freely. In Audrey Niffeneger’s “The Time Traveller’s Wife,” she mentioned that, “Time is priceless, but it’s free. You can’t own it, you can use it. You … Continue reading

Utopia

Utopia

Majoring in political science allows me to keep one idea in mind: the idea that states function and carry out actions in their interests. These states are representatives of mankind and our intentions. Just as we understand that states are selfish and carry out measures for their benefits, is in the same way one must … Continue reading

On The Other Side

On The Other Side

Upon joining WYA, I was challenged to really think about how I understood human dignity. Coming from a relatively-privileged background, I was taught from a young age that I should respect everybody around me because they, in turn, respect me. At the same time, I should love others, show compassion and charity to everyone, especially … Continue reading