Friday, April 15, 2011

Anicon Davao

At the request of my godkids (yes, I have some), I took an afternoon off work and drove them to SM City Davao to see the Anime Convention, or Anicon. While it's still not as flashy as the cons in Manila, I have to admit the cosplay scene is showing much improvement. And we even now have local comics artists hawking their self-published wares.

On the other hand, I feel too old to be doing this. It was fun to bring the godkids, but everyone else just looks so young. Still, it was good to meet some cosplaying friends again.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Mass for a Murdered Student

Last Monday I read a tweet about a student who was raped and killed. I hoped it was only a rumor, and so I chose not to pass it on. As it turns out, it wasn't. Tuesday's paper reported: Coed stabbed dead by secret admirer."

(I have issues with how the paper seems to have cheapened the death because of the love angle, but that will keep for next time.)

Murdered was Michelle Aaron Lubaton, 20 years old and an honor student of Ateneo de Davao who was taking up Business Management. She was also a lumad from South Cotabato.

Ateneo de Davao will hold a Mass for her on Friday, April 15, at 12:00 noon. I hope other students can attend.

Friday, April 08, 2011

The Hidden Sign

What happens when a building gains an annex? Once-proud signs like this find themselves hidden and obscured. These letters once proclaimed high in bronze that this was the "Ateneo de Davao Canisius Hall". Now all that's left are the scars in concrete and strands of wire in a wooden stairwell that doubles as a storage room.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Protest Action, circa 1980

More goodies from the box of old photographs. I'm guessing that these were pictures that my Dad took, sometime back in the 1980s. I'm dating it based on the prevailing hairstyles and on the placards protesting "salvaging."

"Salvaging" was the word then in vogue for murders committed by the military or the police. Apparently, it's a bastardization of the Spanish "salvaje," or wild. Nowadays, we use the term "extrajudicial killing."

Sad to see how things change so very little.

Circa 1976

Me, at six years old.

I've been rummaging through Mom's box of old photos and I came across pictures of myself when I was much, much younger. This is quite the time trip. Oh, for much simpler days!