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You don't mind being woken up in the middle of the night for news like this.
(UPDATED) Convicted Filipino worker Mary Jane Veloso was not among those executed by firing squad in Indonesia early Wednesday (Manila time).
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DURIAN ICE CREAM

At this year's National Food Fair, I came across this most authentic durian ice cream. Not fluffy with cream like most commercial ice creams, it was more like a gelato and felt like one was eating the fruit. What a treat it was! The ice cream is made in Davao City and as yet is not sold in Metro Manila outlets. Now comes the news that the extended hot spell has affected the production of durian, along with rice, corn, and other fruit and vegetable crops. An imminent shortage is feared. 

For #foodfriday , with +Natty Netsuwan, +D. DeMonteverde, and +Moon Lee 
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Aha pangitaon ko diri:-)
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The work of peacemaking is arduous and time-consuming. Recognition for it is all the more precious! Congratulations to Miriam Coronel- Ferrer who is being honored for her "indefatigable work to bring about peace in the Philippines and for (her) historic role as the first female chief negotiator to sign a comprehensive peace agreement".

h/t +Babeth Lolarga 
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This has to be one of the day's cutest posts. I wonder if +Ruri Sumida has come across this pair in her walkpeditions.
 
In Tokyo, a man takes his giant tortoise for daily walks http://ow.ly/LJwKp
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Thanks for the ++, +Annelouise Verboon, +S Jereos, +Melissa Solito, +Wilco Roos, +Meg L, +Olaf Fichtner, +Noel Nicolas, +Marj Evasco, +Lynet VillaReal, +Ruri Sumida, and +Peter Lindelauf. May you meet something interesting on your walk today!
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Good morning!
 
"The future is but the present a little further on." - Jules Verne http://ow.ly/LM7yE
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Our hearts are with the people of Nepal
 
Today, we stand with the people of Nepal as they face the loss of loved ones and the physical devastation caused by the earthquake and aftershocks. Women are particularly vulnerable during and after humanitarian disasters, and we commit to supporting relief efforts and working with local women’s groups to provide urgently needed services. We must ensure that the needs of women, men, boys and girls, especially those most disadvantaged, are equitably taken into account. Read our Executive Director's statement following the #NepalEarthquake: http://ow.ly/Mc4sY

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Suing on behalf of dolphins and other marine creatures living in Tanon Strait,  environmental lawyer Benjamin Cabrido Jr. has convinced the Supreme Court that an oil exploration project in the area was unconstitutional. For the first time, marine mammals have won a court case in the Philippines.
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April 22, Earth Day, is also the birthday of one of the Philippines' most illustrious writers, National Artist for Literature Edith L. Tiempo. Poet, novelist, short story writer, critic, and professor of literature, she was mentor to generations of Filipino writers who attended the National Writers Workshop which she co-founded with her husband, Edlilberto K. Tiempo, an accomplished writer as well.

Her poem "The Fisherman" is an apt meditation for Earth Day.


The Fisherman

All day his floating face tangled with the net.
Each haul the meshes thrashed with angry tails,
The clustered eyes clamored and the slime and scales
And gills quivered with his own disgust. Yet
Once, a boy fished where the fishes were more tame, 
A stream where he dipped a small hand and the fishes came,
And when he gently chucked their bellies with a finger,
They slowly wagged their fins, roiling the water
Hardly. Man now, he seized a fish and peeled 
Its scales alive and flung it in again;
The naked creature hit the reefs and reeled,
The water swirled--he jeered to see the little stain.
He stalked again, he flung the net into a school,
Drew in the catch, cursed each thrash and pull;
He grudged the clutching mollusk its involuted stores,
He pried that this scrupulous oyster part its pearly doors;
His hunger scooped the sea, he preyed and trapped
And tore the masks. Around him all the voiceless faces wept. 
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More scientists should speak out against China's reclamation spree in the West Philippine Sea.

In the Spratlys, the lagoon of atolls serves as repository of nutrients and propagules, which are exported via currents from time to time to outside areas, including Palawan and Luzon in the Philippines, Vietnam, China, etc.

If the coral reefs of the atolls are “paved” and used as sites for construction of buildings, they would no longer function to distribute propagules of marine biodiversity to the countries that surround the West Philippine Sea.

One important effect could be reduced abundance of fishery species and other marine species. 

I believe China should reconsider building structures on fragile ecosystems such as coral reefs, which have been reserved as natural homes of marine biodiversity, which includes fish species that are essential to the food economy of countries surrounding the Sea.

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As you know, the Philippines has taken the issue to international court, and we'll probably win that, but you're right, the Chinese will just ignore the judgement too. Just because it can. +Meg L 
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I like it when someone offers a different perspective on Manila's frustrating transport conditions, instead of just whining all the time. 

"Public transport forces us to be close together, en masse, and sometimes that exposure makes us feel vulnerable.

"But the public realm is key in every city—we don’t go out to a restaurant to eat in separate rooms, and we don’t go to a club to dance in separate stalls in the same way that we don’t go to a plaza to stare at empty space.

"We live in cities to be together, and this extends to transportation.

"In a car, there’s no one to take groufies with and there’s no one to come to your rescue when something goes wrong. We need public transport to move around more efficiently and also to experience what makes cities special—each other."
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The flock of women and her sense of humor saved her.

We are actually quite lucky in that more often than not, there's a mode of transport that deposits us right in front of our homes. Even in areas with rudimentary roads, one can get a ride suitable to their conditions. Think habal-habal. Or the trolleys on rail tracks. It's more fun talaga. :)
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Time to revisit Camazotz. North Korea does look a bit like it, but it might as well be any society that seeks to cover all the bases. Singapore comes to mind.
 
"Voiklis said she wanted readers to know the book wasn’t a simple allegory of communism. Instead, it’s about the risk of any country—including a democracy—placing too much value on security."
Madeleine L’Engle’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ has sold 14 million copies since its publication in 1962. Now, a never-before-seen passage cut from an early draft is shedding surprising light on the author’s political philosophy
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