Flowers for Lolas: Remembering the 1945 Rape of Manila

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 02/28/2024

“The non-combatant victims of that tragic battle will remain forever in the hearts and minds of the Filipino people”. This is part of the inscription penned by  Nick Joaquin, National Artist for Literature, on the “Memorare Manila…

‘No to Cha Cha’ in UP Fair and Oblation Run

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 02/21/2024

“No to Charter Change (Cha Cha)” reverberated  during  the recent two main events in the Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines : the Oblation Run and the UP Fair. The  House of Representatives  is attempting…

Ukuleles, bamboo instruments and kudyapi reverberate in CCP Pasinaya  2024

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 02/08/2024

The scorching heat did not stop Barangay Ukulele  from performing the song “Raining in Manila” of Lola Amour during the  2024  Pasinaya Open House Festival  at the front lawn of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)…

Dances of the Babaylans in honor of the Sto.Nino

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 01/31/2024

The confluence of pre-colonial indigenous culture and Christianity is shown by the special roles of Babaylans during most performances honoring the Sto.Nino. The Sto. Niño is venerated all over the country with annual festivals celebrated every last…

Saving the asin tibuok of Bohol

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 01/24/2024

The dinosaur-egg-like “Asin Tibuok” is a rare Filipino artisanal sea salt from my home province Bohol that was featured in an episode of “Replacing Chef Chico” in Netflix. “Replacing Chef Chico” is a series that follows Ella…

Search for fireflies in Ifugao rice terraces

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 01/18/2024

The film “Firefly”, which won best film in the 2023 Metro Manila Film Festival, depicts the sad state of these blinking bugs – they are fast disappearing. Directed by Zig Dulay, the film is set in 1999…

Walking barefoot during Traslacion

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 01/10/2024

Walking barefooted during the Traslacion is a symbolic gesture that emulates Christ’s suffering as he was carrying his cross to Golgotha. I was able to personally witness for the first time the procession of the Black Nazarene…

Honoring Rizal’s literature and social activism through movies, plays and TV series

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 01/04/2024

Remembering the works on social activism of our heroes like Jose Rizal is made easy through the use of different platforms like movies, plays and TV series. Music, literature and social activism are intimately linked with each…

IKOT jeep phaseout highlighted in UP Lantern Parade 

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 12/27/2023

The iconic IKOT Jeepneys took center stage during this year’s Lantern Parade last December 20, 2023 at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. Participants echoed the call on the government to push back the public utility…

Fishers as victims of human trafficking

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 12/20/2023

While fishing is a lucrative industry, fishers are vulnerable to forced labor and human trafficking due to lack of education or training, and inadequate language skills. Issues on fishers were discussed during the 9th  Manila International Dialogue…

Execution bond in the Magna Carta for Filipino Seafarers is anti-labor and unconstitutional

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 12/12/2023

The bi-cameral committee deliberated last week the Magna Carta for Filipino Seafarers that omitted the controversial escrow deposit but contained  an equally anti-labor and unconstitutional provision on execution bond. With the proposed provision, the seafarer may move…

Seafarer’s compensable injury while playing basketball under the ‘personal comfort doctrine’

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 12/06/2023

A seafarer is entitled total and permanent disability benefits for the injury he suffered while playing basketball on board a ship during his free time. The Supreme Court granted the seafarer’s claims in Arguilles v. Wilhelmsen Smith…

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