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It’s been a landmark year for strong female representation in media and films – a much-needed
salve for these increasingly disturbing times. Thus, it’s fitting that the second TINGIN ASEAN Film
Festival will officially open tonight, November 26, at 6:30 PM at Gateway Cineplex, with an
award-winning film, The Last Reel, by Kulikar Sotho. She is the first woman director in Cambodia to
emerge on the global stage since the 1970s. The Last Reel features the character of Sophoun
(played by Ma Rynet), a headstrong teenager who becomes a filmmaker so she can complete her
mother’s long-forgotten movie. In the process, she uncovers dark secrets about her parents’ lives
during the Khmer Rouge regime. There will be a masterclass by director Kulikar Sotho on November
26 at 3:15 PM in Cinema 1 as well.


Hailed as one of the most revelatory film fests of 2017, the first TINGIN ASEAN Film Festival was
NCCA’s groundbreaking initiative that introduced students, teachers, filmmakers, and local art
enthusiasts to representative films from all over Southeast Asia. With our curiosity piqued and our
eyes firmly set on the cinemas of our ASEAN neighbours, TINGIN returns for the second time this
coming November 26 to 29, 2018 at the GATEWAY CINEPLEX in Cubao, Metro Manila.
Just like last year, admission to all of TINGIN Year II’s events (film screenings and master classes) is
completely free of charge. The impressive film selection of TINGIN this year includes Yasmine
(Brunei), A Copy of My Mind (Indonesia), Vientiane In Love (Lao PDR), The Monk (Myanmar), hUSh
(Singapore), The Road to Mandalay (ASEAN x Taiwan), Homogenous, Empty Time (Thailand), and
Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories (Vietnam).
Thus says NCCA Commissioner Teddy Co: “This festival will once again encourage meaningful
discussions and collaborations with our colleagues and friends in Southeast Asia. In this Post-Truth
era where fake news is threatening to become the norm, the stories we tell each other (through film)
may be perhaps our best and most effective line of defense.”
Maya Quirino, TINGIN festival head, tells us more of what we can look forward to this year: “We are
excited about showing two foundational films (Perfumed Nightmare, and Who Invented the Yoyo?
Who Invented the Buggy?) by our own National Artist for Film, the inimitable Kidlat Tahimik, to a
whole new generation. Yield, Victor Tarago’s quietly powerful documentary, shall surely hold
audiences enthrall with its stark portrayal of child labor and pervasive poverty in the Philippines.”
In addition to these screenings, special sessions have been arranged for the audiences to better
appreciate the creative processes of our film directors, namely:
- Masterclass by Victor Tagaro, Director (Yield, Philippines) on November 27 at 5:00 PM in Cinema
6 will immediately follow the screening, at 3:15 PM;
- Lecture: The Art of Kidlat Tahimik on November 28 at 2:40 PM in Cinema 6, set between the
screenings of his short films, Perfumed Nightmare (1:00 PM) and Who Invented the Yoyo? Who
Invented the Buggy? (3:40 PM)
In line with NCCA’s goal to help build strong ties with our ASEAN neighbours through culture and the
arts, TINGIN promises to be a celebration of our multifaceted region’s many cinematic treasures.
This will also encourage Filipino audiences to gain a deeper appreciation of our Southeast Asian
peers.

"Paning"
Rudic, Dub-D, Hizuka, Miztah, Nikki, Sir JR, Jahmen J, JM Arsenal, Kris Change (Lyrics)
Produced by Rudic
From the album, "AdikBlues EP"


[RUDIC]

Akoa na ning sugdan
'di na mapugngan
lihok pa abante gadagan
Way plano nga mo-minor
mura ni'g mayor
way break ang motor nga akong gisakyan

Kontrang pinakagidumtan
ang batasan nga pagkatapulan
Gisul-ob sa lawas
pagkakugihan
pag-abot sa tag-ulan
di madutlan

Sa pagtula sa mic nagpakabuang
maski nag i-tokhang di ni mo undang
Hangtud ang bungog sa inyong dalunggan
para sa akong dungog di mulugdang

Hangtud nga dili kapangabugar akoang bulsa
para sa akoang pamilya
Way pahuway way lingkoray
murag inyung balay
Bai way silya

Akong lakaw murag naay baba
hilom nga lihok apan gasaba
Inyong lakaw, puros ra baba
Talksh*t lub*t ang ginapuga

Praning ko sa ugma nga wa koy kita
lupig pay buta sa kalsada
Mao nang makadlawonan ko sa byahe
ginasulit nako akong pasada

Para sa akong paboritong trabaho
murag patay gutom pirminte ganado
Kung iligal ang mupatay'g beat (Sh*t)
kinahanglan kog abogado

Kung beat nga binuhat sama sa tawo
pwede nako nimog tawgug ginoo
Kumpletos rekados akong talento
ug pagpaningkamot akoang bisyo...

[Dub-D]

I'm on my grind mode, rubbing off rust 'til I shine bro
sublime flow with that fine glow I grind harder than Shyne Po
Fan base? It's micro but every line I write is FINE BLOW
been doing this shit on my own ever since I parted ways with the Maestro

did I die? no! fell down but I came back harder than the horns of a rhino
this psycho's fitted for survival I know, though my life's on a downward spiral
saw the light at the end of the tunnel when I started to stack my fine dough
had my eyes closed, as I let off fire from my shoulders like a rifle

BANG! fuck a 9 to 5, my only job on this world is to stay alive
stay alive, gotta stay relevant for the hell of it for fuck's sake I gotta make surprises
slay the lamest guys with the bravest tyrants, gotta make it through the cuts I make the greatest spy
I am aiming high with no lame disguise not even faking smiles I'm here to gain alliance

sometimes this game is tiring, gotta always stay hungry if you're in to kill
you don't have to be rough, rugged, and raw homie just keep it real/
we can't please everybody we have no control over what people feel/(people feel)
Mao nang kuwang ang paningkamot kinahanglan nato paning-"tiil"

[Hizuka]

Sa dami ng naranasan ko
kulang na lang ay pakasalan ko
kulturang 'to na inalipusta ng karamihan na pinagtawanan n'yo.

Mula noon hanggang ngayon di pa rin ako nagsasawa na mag sampol.
Kahit na ilan pang aking mabundol patuloy ko pa rin 'tong ipinagtatanggol

Tagal kong nag isip, nag tanghal nainip nasaktan kinilig
nangatal ang bibig pasensya nasaid naluha nanginig natuwa bumilib (Ah!)

sa dami ng mga makata nagbabangayan para lang mga bata
di mo alam kung sino talaga ang kawawa napakaliit na bagay pinapahaba!

Pero tanong ko lang sa karamihan: "Ano ba ang kanilang napapala?"
Putak nang putak kala mo naman talaga may nagawa!
Lakas mambato ng putik sa iba tas sipunin naman
nang-aasar pa anlakas mambara tapos pag pinatulan pikunin naman!

'Di mo ako kilala kaya wag mo kong asarin
pag pinatulan ba kita kaya mo bakong tantyahin!
Subukan mokong galawin ng makita mo hinahanap mo
Ang ikay banggitin diba yan ang pinapangarap mo?

Pero di bale na lang kahit ipagsigawan ko labinlimang
taon kong ginawang mahalin ang kultura na di mo naintindihan kasi baguhan ka lang

[Miztah]

Paningkamot ayaw pansina ang mga gapandaot
maot na pamaagi nila sila ra ang maalaot
lahuma ang pagkalot sa imong mga gipangtanom
kay ikaw ray muani ana sa saktong panahon

Way makapugong sa akong byahe
Way muatang sa akong dalan
pugsit gawas tinae sa mga gapiniling gahi akong pangligsan
way mabuhat sa kinabuhi
Mga seloy sa imong lakaw gaw, aw!
Atik-atik aron ingnon na hubog higop samog didtog sabay kaw

para mahuwasan sa mga sayop ug bakilid nmo na pamaagi
barawon ang mga paras muagi ang mukalampag bunalag ikog sa pagi
Lig-on na dedikasyon ug inspirasyon para dili muondang
naningkamot sa pagama aning mga letra na lala pas getaya na sundang

dili babag ang mga panulti na di-mao para mutipas sa nasugdan
sa akong dughan og utok positibo ko permi mao nay hinungdan
Nganong nagpabilin ug wala nagpabitin sa matag eksena og kalihukan
permi na bagtik busa ay paglamalama kong imong banggaon ug testingan, ha!

[NIKKI]

Ang akong kamot na puro samad
sa kahapdos ako gautong,
Ang, akong tiil dili na matikang
kay sa lapok nako nalubong, ha!

Balewala pati ang kainit
panit man nako mulagom
Di batiog kakapoy
basta importante mahuman ko
sa kong gitanom
Brahhh!

Sige lang padayon,
dili ko muondang
makatilaw mag bali
Bahala na ug hinay
basta lang kanunay
wa ko nagdali

Luya man ang lawas
hurot ang kusog
pahuway lang kadali
Nagpait man ta run
abot ang panahon
Makatilaw ra ta ug lami, ha!

Nakig-unong init bugnaw,
bisan ig-an nakog subaw
Kalawasan nangahugaw,
pero wa ko gikaulaw
Mga ampaw sige’g yawyaw,
way nahimo puro kantyaw
Wa nay lihok puro tan-aw,
pagpangani naki-hagdaw.
PWE!!

Ayaw ko ug labad-labara
kubal sa imong nawong brad
panipsi kay baga-baga na

Hilom kung magsababa ra,
nabuhi ko nga wala ka
Kung giipon ko lang
singot nga tinulo
Sigurado ko run baha na!
Brahhh!

[Sir JR]

I never misbehaved, message I caught in a bottle
An ever-crashing wave, I sense applause from my people
Raised at a tiny town, Coy but mouth polyglottal
Fame can't drown me down. I'm from South Cotabato.

Was no Johnny Cochran only John - Survivor Caramoan (Oh and)
Bar's so high for giant, Errin' Attack on Titan
Naningkamot sa Iligan,
'La kalimot sa nahiligan
'La paapekto miskan
unsa pa'y kasulti sa silingan

They can sneer at your success,
jumped over the rice fence,
Plant seeds off your chest;
fist-bumped and hoped for my best (Yes!)

You might get ink on your shirt;
I blogged deep in mud and dirt.
Wipe it clean then back to work,
Bob and weave from the bad and hurt.

Exert effort in your hustle,
brawl it off in the tussle.
Pull it off 'til you hear the whistle,
study 'til the class dismissal

Just like missile, grab your chisel 'Til the walls break down
Mind is lethal, land your pencil,
It's your world's playground...
Hustle!

[Jahmen J]

Ahhh sige sugdag sulat
Asang papel mamundo ta para saktong hunat
Aria sa, pakusog sa, aron maka panukad
Para pag larga na, daghag bala og daghag makurat

Oh sige na bai, sakto na ni, dili na gyud ko magpapugong
Ikaduhang tikang para makalabang kung asa man gyud atoang destinasyon
Dili daganon, dili dalion, kay lisod agion mga dalan karun
na daghag ulupong nga ikaw bitaron padulong ilalom kantod ka malubong

busa ayaw na kog atika, kay kabalo na ko anang sistema
dagan sa utok dugay ng nabasa, dili na malibog bisag ibalasa
pa ang baraha, upat ka alas, matag buto ani walay mo kalas
stilo ni Gambit na pina paras, na gesagulag pinasatanas

Busa atras nalang diha, paminawa nalang akong gama
aron kita ka unsa na kalayoa natong duha! banga!
Hahaha! katawang pang palagot
Kita ka sa resulta basta ako'y maningkamot

[JM Arsenal]

Ani-a ni-a
nasad ako karon ni balik,
para ipakita-kita
sa inyo kong unsa ba ka bagtik,

Ning akong mga letra-letra'ng
gisulat sa papel og gigamit,
ang mga pwersa-pwersa'ng
Mubalibag karon sa mga nihagit,

Ani nga dula di na angay pang mopatol
para lang magkapangalan basta-basta,
kay buot huna-hunaon kaya tamong panumbahon
diri sakong mga bara tatabas na,

Mo daan bisan pag ako ra isa,
tabang panang batos nimo nga lima,
dili na magsilbi diri sako ha,
kay pinu-pinuhon pilu-piluon ra ko'na,

Diri sa akong kamot-kamot,
bisan unsaon dili ma abot-abot,
mga wala ka tupong ga lagot-lagot,
sa ilang kaugalingon hantod karon gapangagot,

Kay dili maapas ang kapasidad
sakong abilidad bisan pag balibalihon,
wala nay makababag palag diri
sakong paglapag kay akong pang bali-bali-on

Ning mga nag paka rasta-rasta,
kung mo gama'g mga bara basta-basta,
kini moy mga linyang mala Busta-Busta
Nga mo patumba sa mga nag asta-asta'ng,

Mga gahi sa pag tali'g mga letra
di na angay pa sa inyo karon nga magpabilib,
kung mismo diri sa akong paglakang
Og pagpaningkamot mo matagilid...

[Kris Change]

Okay, I know right?
Look who's here
and you thought that it wouldn't be a fruitful year
like what you get when a sadistic, Asian fatso becomes a leader
it's nuclear

I gotta Jupiter-sized ego
I am stoppable only when I sleep though

I've been i sick motherf*cker from the git-go
make you wanna copy me
go ahead and echo

Should iI really prove to rappers that I don't faze?
well dude I'm back again with no haste
and you could tell that i got a lot more in store when I'm doing shenanigans po-faced

F*ck acting cool like you snowflakes
I bring the heat even when I'm in a slow pace
funny how you boast about your wack flow then shut the f*ck up whenever one of my songs plays
i got a reason to boast like Mayweather
but a younger pacquiao might have been way better

Karma's a bitch...
I don't play with her
but i feel bad for some because they wanna (ugh)

put a shade on my name
rain on my parade
cause a pileup so i'll sit in traffic
but since i'm doi'n this shit for the recognition
forget the fame, All them kids can have it

you think you're fantastic?
silly bitch why?
kids would nap on it like "beddy-bye-bye"

slit an addict's throat
poet my ass
abi nila na maayo sila
dili man diay
thank god for haters
the game is a bitch and I'mma tame it with a fucking tazer
Don't believe that there's never gonna be another me?
What, you never heard of Occam's razor?

© a Rudic Records Release. Copyright 2018.

        MINDANAO, Philippines - Joshua Pangilinan Lingating , also known as "Rudic", hip-hop artist and a FlipTop rap battler released his EP yesterday entitled, "AdikBlues". The eight-track album produced by himself and Ruby Ibarra captures his thoughts about the drug war in the Philippines, as well as his personal experiences in the tracks Adikblues, Dear Shabu, Kalami, Push, and the others.




       The bonus track, "Paning", short for the Cebuano word, "paningkamot" (struggle), is his collaboration with Mindanao rap artists, Nikki, Hizuka, Double D, Miztah, JM Arsenal, Kris Change, Jahmen J and Sir JR.







Eidetic memory (/aɪˈdɛtɪk/; sometimes called photographic memory) is an ability to vividly recall images from memory after only a few instances of exposure, with high precision for a brief time after exposure, without using a mnemonic device. [via Wikipedia]

I started to only notice this about 2 years ago but I just kinda ignored it. Before that, I thought that everyone thinks the same way with me about their past memories.

So, when I think of a memory in my past, I can picture myself being "teleported" to that particular moment.

Like, on my mind's eye, I can see where the door is, the chairs are, and where I am, in relation to where my body is. It actually feels like I'm a character in a first-person shooter game. So, most of my memories are pegged with this "ability".

For example, when I think of a movie I watched on DVD for example, it's not difficult for me to ascertain "where I was" when I saw it; of course, I can also picture out what I was seeing like if it's via TV, theater, laptop, etc.

When I see these "flashes of memory videos" in my head, it's not conscious. So, if I would pinpoint a moment in a memory eventhough I am not thinking about where I was, or where my body was at that particular moment, I can easily tap and access that "packet of information" in my head.

For example, when I took the MENSA test (I did not qualify) last year, I can picture out instantaneously where I was sitting, how large the room is, where some people are sitting, about how many people are there. Something like that.

Another example, when I was in Kyoto, I know where I was seated on the bus. Like all of those buses. Or when I think of a random memory like a hotel room I've stayed at years back, I know what the room arrangement is. If that piece of memory is notable, then I get to picture it more vividly. If it's just a random memory, I just have blurry "mental image" but, still I can "feel" the objects around me in my mind's eye.

I feel that I do have it although, I guess I need to undergo like an brain scan of some sort to really know if my visual/spatial abilities are above normal.

Now, I am just curious if anyone of you who happens to read this has, or knows someone who might have the same ability as I have.

Another year is about to pass and as we bid goodbye to this momentous 2017, let’s us look back at its most significant events.


This is the 2017 Year in Review. Here are the top moments that kept our country abuzz in 2017 for months and months at a time.



10 – Philippines hosts Miss Universe pageant after 21 years
 
Miss Universe 2016 was the 65th Miss Universe pageant, was held on 30 January 2017 at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines. Filipina titlist Pia Wurtzbach crowned Iris Mittenaere of France as her successor at the end of the event.

It was PHL’s third time hosting the prestigious beauty pageant and the first in 21 years.

The contestants participated in fashion shows in the Philippine cities of Davao, Cebu, and Vigan, where yours truly covered.

9 – Xander Ford Transformation

Previously known as Marlou Arizala of the now disbanded-boy band Hasht5, Ford became popular after he had undergone a highly-publicized plastic surgery last October.

Prior to that, the band Hasht5 has experienced online bullying "because of their physical appearances". The newly-found fame of the internet personality was met with both positive and negative responses from Filipino netizens.

8 – Philippines hosts the 30th and 31st ASEAN Summits 

Also known as the 2017 ASEAN Summits, these diplomatic conferences were  held in the Philippines from 28–29 April and 10–14 November 2017. It marked the third and fourth time the ASEAN Summit was held in the Philippines.

One of the action steps by the ASEAN leaders, is the releasing of the statement on April 28, expressing "grave concern" over tensions in the Korean peninsula arising from North Korea's testing of nuclear weapons as well as ballistic missile tests conducted within the month and urged North Korea to fully comply with UN Security Council Resolutions and the international law. They also urged for self-restraint for all parties concerned.

Another significant event was the meeting of world leaders, including the first time personal meetup of the ASEAN Chair Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump.

7 – Resorts World Manila Attack

On June 2, 2017, More than a hundred people at the Resorts World Manila entertainment complex were either killed or injured when Jessie Javier Carlos, a debt-riddled former civil servant, caused a stampede and set fire to casino tables and slot machine chairs around midnight. 37 people died from the initial stampede and smoke inhalation from the fire.

The attack was financially motivated and Carlos later committed suicide following a confrontation with the police.

6 – Kita Kita (“I See You”) surpasses Heneral Luna as the highest-grossing Philippine independent film
 
Written and directed by Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo, the romantic comedy was set in Sapporo, Japan. It follows Lea (played by Alessandra de Rossi), a Filipino tourist guide in Japan who goes temporarily blind having witnessed her Japanese fiancè's infidelity. Fellow Filipino and charmer Tonyo (Empoy Marquez) makes a sudden appearance and befriends the visually impaired Lea in best possible ways.

The film is a co-production between Piolo Pascual's and Joyce Bernal's Spring Films, and Viva Films. It had about ₱320 million in sales against a measly budget of ₱10 million.

In a poll by CNN Philippines, the movie was selected among the romantic-comedy films considered the best in the last 25 years.

5 – The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law
 
The TRAIN law is the first package of the administration's much-awaited Comprehensive Tax Reform Program. Described by President Duterte as “the administration’s biggest Christmas gift to the Filipino people” where accordingly, 99% taxpayers will benefit.

All taxpayers who earn not exceeding ₱250,000 ($5,000) yearly, will be exempt from paying Philippines taxes. Excise taxes, however, were increased on fuel products, sweetened beverages and brand-new vehicles.

4 – Typhoons Urduja and Vinta


Typhoon Vinta (Intl. Name: Typhoon Tembin), was a deadly tropical cyclone that impacted the southern Philippines in late December 2017. Vinta happened less than two weeks after Tropical Storm Urduja  (Intl. Name: Kai-tak).
Vinta made landfall in Mindanao on December 21st. Vinta was the deadliest cyclone to hit Mindanao since Typhoon Pablo (Intl. Name: Bopha) in 2012. It claimed 257 deaths while Urduja, which hit the  Visayas group of islands, took the lives of 54 people.

3 – The “Dengvaxia” Dengue Vaccination Controversy
 
Dengvaxia was the world's first dengue vaccine and was predicted to be a runaway success for French vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur. The World Health Organization approved its use in April of 2016, and it has been licensed in more than 12 countries. The Philippines was one of the first four countries to approve its use and was a study site during clinical trials.

The Philippine Department of Health (DOH), however, temporarily suspended a school-based dengue vaccination program Sanofi Pasteur made a statement that its product poses higher risks to people without prior dengue infection.

More than 733,000 children aged 9 and above were vaccinated since April last year. According to Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), some children allegedly died and some of the victims' parents blamed the dengue vaccine for the deaths of their children. The Philippine Government under the Aquino Administration had spent ₱4.5 billion ($70 million) for the vaccines.
  
2 – The Marawi City Siege
 
On May 23, 2017, the Philippine government security forces and militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (a.k.a ISIS), including the Maute and Abu Sayyaf Salafi jihadist groups fought at the Islamic City of Marawi in the Lanao del Sur Province.

According to the Philippine government, the clashes began during an offensive in Marawi to capture Isnilon Hapilon, the leader of the Abu Sayyaf group, after receiving reports that Hapilon was in the city, possibly to meet with militants of the Maute group. A deadly firefight erupted when Hapilon's forces opened fire on the combined Army and police teams and called for reinforcements from the Maute group.

The militants took a priest, churchgoers, and some other civilians as hostage. Their main objective was to raise an ISIL flag at the Lanao del Sur Provincial Capitol and declare a provincial ISIL territory in Lanao del Sur.

With heavy urban firefights, finally, on 17 October 2017, the militant leaders Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon were neutralized. All seven Maute brothers were also killed by the Philippine Army. Six days after, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced that the battle had finally ended with the decisive government victory.

More than 1,200 people died from the siege: 974 from the terrorists, 165 losses from the government troops; and 87 civilians (40 of whom succumbed to illnesses). The battle was the longest urban battle in the modern history of the Philippines.

Honorable Mentions
  • NCCC Mall Fire
  • Telstra, 4 firms keen as the 3rd telco
  • Isabel Granada succumbs to brain hemorrhage due to aneurysm
  • CA rejects the appointment of Gina Lopez and Judith Taguiwalo
  • MRT problems
  • The Build, Build, Build Program
  • Philippine shares end 2017 at record high
  • San Miguel Beermen wins PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Fajardo gets 4th straight MVP award


1 – The Drug War Deaths and Controversies
Since holding the reins of the executive, it’s been clear that President Duterte is hellbent in curbing and clearing the country from illegal drugs. However, a lot of controversies related to the war on drugs sprung up this year:

The figures for the casualties of the drug war vary significantly depending on who tells the figures. According to the Philippine Information Agency,as of December 27th, 86 police and military personnel have lost their lives in anti-drug operations and 226 were wounded. About were 3,967 killed in official police operations and these were legal operations and that all of those who died fought against the police force. The organization, Human Rights Watch estimates the death of up to 13,000. All deaths allegedly included Filipinos who fought against the police and possessed definite amount of drugs and guns, including teenagers.

Some include the deaths of allegedly innocent individuals including the death of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos and that of Carl Arnaiz, 19. Both were  handcuffed and were kneeling – allegedly killed by Caloocan policemen. Arnaiz got killed by police supposedly responding to a distress call by a taxi driver; Delos Santos was slain by cops during a drug raid. They both allegedly shot it out with the arresting officers, but autopsy results released by the Public Attorney's Office (PAO) show they were handcuffed, dragged, and shot. The cases still remain to be solved although the police officers are facing complaints.

Two days ago, another “mishap” took place in Shaw Boulevard ni Mandaluyong where 2 people were fatally killed by the police over 'mistaken identity'.

Despite the multifaceted political noise, President Duterte is still the most approved and the most trusted government official in the Philippines today with 80% Approval rating as of September 2017. According to a nationwide poll released by lobbying firm Publicus Asia on Friday, 82 percent of millennials approve of Duterte. The figure is even higher in Mindanao at 94 percent.

The survey, conducted online from November 5 to 12, polled 1,200 Filipinos aged 19-36 years old and living in urban areas.



The Year 2017 was a year of losses and triumphs for the Philippines. Despite this, we know that the Filipino spirit will prevail. The PoliTikalon Blog wishes you all a prosperous new year.

Through the cooperation of stakeholders from the oldest universities in Asia and in the United States – the University of Santo Tomas and Harvard University, respectively – the younger generations will have another venue to foster proactive leadership as they partake into solving the issues of globalization.




The Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences organizes the largest annual student conferences in the Asia-Pacific Region since 1991. Since then, HPAIR has dedicated itself to provide a forum for emerging leaders in the academia, business, and government to tackle vital issues in Asia. In 2017, HPAIR has recognized the creation of the HPAIR Philippines Alumni Community (HPAIRPH) – an organization of Filipino youth leaders from different institutions who have earlier participated at HPAIR conferences in Cambridge or in a host Asian city, to build a more inclusive academic community, breaking cultural and geographic boundaries, and to further share the spirit of collaboration, innovation, and leadership. Thus, HPAIRPH has pioneered the ASEAN Youth Impact Challenge (AYIC) – a youth summit primarily catered to the issues of ASEAN.

The ASEAN




From a group of five countries united by fear of communism, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has now grown to become one of the most influential polities in the world. As it aims for integration among its current 10 member states, it has gained more prominence as its component members are heading the global economy. While Singapore is one of the four Asian Tigers, all Tiger Cub economies are ASEAN members – Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The World Economic Forum published a report showing that 4 of the 10 fastest growing economies are ASEAN member states – Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, and the Philippines.

This 2017, ASEAN celebrates its golden anniversary, and the Philippines, one of its pillar members, brimming with hospitality and pride, is fortunate to host this global benchmark occasion. World leaders shall grace the country to celebrate together with the people of ASEAN. Since its establishment, ASEAN practically became the world’s 6th largest economy, aiming to be the 4th largest in the world by 2030, and there is still a long way to go.

The AYIC

The Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations Philippines Alumni Community (HPAIR-PH), University of Santo Tomas Alumni Association, Inc. (UST-AAI), the Harvard Club of the Philippines, and Global Filipino Network (GFN) commit their consortium to pioneering the ASEAN Youth Impact Challenge Conference, an allsponsored, pay-it-forward youth summit. Applications are open until November 20, 2017 and the release of acceptance letters are expected to be on November 23, 2017.

The AYIC Conference 2017 proper will be held in Manila on November 27, 2017. The conference proper shall be held at the majestic campus of the University of Santo Tomas in España, Manila.

The conference was organized in line with the ASEAN anniversary, and the Philippines’ leadership of the event with the theme “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World”, which shall be inculcated in the three major conference panels: (1) socio-cultural; (2) economic community; and (3) political security.

The conference has invited several personalities to serve as speakers: COMELEC front Atty. James Jimenez, Mental Health lobbyist Renz Argao, startup CEO Paul Rivera, Chef Wado Siman, Voltaire Tupaz, Susan Ople, Bloomberg TV anchor Anthony Abad, and Multiple Intelligences pioneer Prof. Henry S. Tenedero, among others. The event shall be hosted by Mon Gualvez of News5.
HOW TO JOIN

TAKE THE CHALLENGE!
BE PART OF AYIC Conference 2017.

The ASEAN Youth Impact Challenge (AYIC) Conference is a pay-it-forward, partially- sponsored event that aims to instigate actions and solutions for the most pressing problems in the ASEAN Region.

Mentoring opportunities would be given in the duration of the event where participants have the chance of collaborating together with the experts in the ASEAN socio-cultural, political security and economic tracks. 

It open to all youth leaders from ages 18-30. We welcome group registrants too! 

To sign up, scan the QR code on the AYIC poster through your Viber/Snapchat accounts or through any QR scanning apps; or visit http://tinyurl.com/hpairph-ayic17.

Deadline of registration is until November 20, 2017 12:00PM, Philippine Standard Time.

The tentative release date of the decision letters is on November 23, 2017.

Note: Selected delegates will have to sponsor their personal expenses such as accommodation and travel.


See you there!




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