Trophy Hunting: Is It Really Worth It?

This year, we have witnessed the cruelty of mankind and the consequence that it has caused. Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino, has passed away at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Lakipia, Kenya. He was euthanized after suffering from age-related complications. Thanks to the endless poaching, hunting and looting of animal hide, tusks, and horns, we have caused a major devastation in the face of the earth. As of now, we only have two Northern White Rhinoceros left, Najin and Fatu, and both of them are female. With the demise of the only male white rhino, this can cause the extinction of the said subspecies.

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Babalikan Kita

Babalikan kita ngayong gabi,
Hindi ko papansinin ang sakit na dadalhin
Ng muling pagbubukas ng mga sugat na binigay mo
Hindi ko papansinin ang lamig ng hangin
Na magpapaalala na wala ka sa tabi ko
Hindi ko papansinin ang mga luhang papatak
Ang pusong iiyak, ang katawang manghihina,
Basta’t hayaan mo akong balikan ka at ang ating mga alaala

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One Sol, My Luna

What I believe, is what I call faith.
To have none, to have you, is what i see fate,
Befitting to think, will immediately sink.
For the thought of us, from a comet to space dust.
Define our ending, its brink.

It was never the right thing.
For I am the Sun, center of this galaxy.
But it never felt wrong, it was meant to be
That despite who I am, my thoughts revolves around thee.

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A Farmer’s Fading Hope for Humanity

NOTE: This story was written last April 30, 2017.

Sporting red puffy eyes, seven-month pregnant Annalyn Luna silently cried while she reminisced her last days with her children, Reden, 9, and Crislyn, 11, and 70-year-old mother Lolita Pepito who were killed in a crossfire between the Philippine Army and CPP-NPA last April 20 in Cawayan town in Masbate.

The mother of four who arrived from Cebu days after the incident was not able to see the bodies of the victims. The families and barangay officials were prohibited from getting close to the area of the incident until over a week which caused the foul smell of the decaying corpses.

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Phivolcs: Mayon in ‘general quiescence’

LEGAZPI CITY—State volcanologists said Saturday that they are observing Mayon Volcano to determine whether its Alert Level 4 status can be lowered as it exhibits “general quiescence” or inactivity.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), that although Mayon’s lower slope has started to deflate since February 20, overall, the volcano is still swollen.

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Mayon Watch: Non-local Heroes (Part 5 of a series)

The spirit of volunteerism never runs out in Albay in time of calamity and it’s a practice willingly shared by its international community.

Some 25 Indian students of Bicol Christian College of Medicine (BCCM) in Legazpi City conducted a gift-giving activity and a short variety program last January 25 at Bagumbayan Central School, where 3,922 residents from Buyuan village have been staying for four days already thanks to Mayon Volcano’s unrest.

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Mayon Watch: Don’t Judge Mayon’s Alert Level By The Pics You See Online (Part 4 of a series)

During the early weeks of Mayon’s unrest, some netizens, whose only evidence were the photos their o online friends were sharing, criticized the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) for not raising the alert level of Mayon Volcano to the highest 5 especially after seeing photos of its eruption columns online.

But Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum said that netizens must let the volcanologist at Phivolcs interpret Mayon’s activities and declare its alert level.

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