Cheering ‘UP Fight!’ amidst the odds

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 11/19/2019

The UAAP  games galvanized an  extraordinary sense of solidarity for the denizens of the University of the Philippines, often described as the microcosm of a highly diverse nation. An academic community  all too easily fractured by politics…

Concealment of pre-existing illnesses and disability benefits

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 11/12/2019

A seafarer must fully  disclose past medical condition, disability and history in the pre-employment medical examination (PEME), otherwise his claim for disability benefits will be denied.  The POEA contract  bars the compensability of disability arising from a…

The perils of Filipino fishermen in Taiwan

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 11/05/2019

KAOSHIUNG, Taiwan –  Migrant fishermen in Taiwan  must be able to live onshore instead of sleeping on the boats on which they work. This is the call of migrant rights and church groups after three Filipino and…

Cardinal Tagle: ‘Be  one with the people of the sea’

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 10/29/2019

KAOSHIUNG, Taiwan –  Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle encouraged   port welfare workers and chaplains to listen to the people of the sea, particularly  seafarers and fishermen, and not merely impose their plans for them. “It makes a lot…

Pope Francis: Help seafarers to lead holy lives

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 10/22/2019

KAOSHIUNG, Taiwan –  Pope Francis  has encouraged  port welfare workers and chaplains  to continue with renewed ecumenical spirit their efforts to protect and safeguard the rights of all people of the  sea,  particularly  seafarers and fishermen.  Pope…

Filipino seafarers as disciples of the church  

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 10/01/2019

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle has acknowledged the role of  seafarers, Filipino mariners in particular, in propagating the teachings of the church, and  not merely major contributors to the country’s economic growth. Speaking during the holy mass…

Balangay and the Filipino seafaring heritage

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 09/03/2019

  Ten years ago this month , the very first balangay boat replica, Diwata ng Lahi (spirit of lineage) , sailed  on her maiden voyage from the CCP grounds. The Balangay is a plank boat adjoined by a carved-out…

Finding LOLA, the missing comfort woman statue

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 08/27/2019

There are “shadows forcing Lolas into silence.” “LOLA,” the   statue of  Filipino comfort women and those forced into sexual violence by Japanese invasion and occupation troops during World War II,  is now missing. Artist Jonas Roces was…

Kidnapping and survival

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 08/20/2019

Being kidnapped is probably the most terrifying experience one will ever experience. Unfortunately, I became a kidnap victim myself 22 years ago during my UP Law days. “SIGE, tumakbo ka na ng mabilis at huwag kang lilingon…

 John Denver Trending and cyberbullying 

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 08/13/2019

The domination of Kinaray-a speaking film “John Denver Trending” during this year’s Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival made a strong statement: stop cyberbullying, which can be disastrous, or worse even fatal. The film swept the awards as it…

Ang Hupa, Cinemalaya and the indie films

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 08/06/2019

  “Binulong sa akin ng Diyos: ako ang magliligtas ng aking Bayan.” Words that reverberates throughout the brave four-hour-and-thirty-minute film “Ang Hupa” by Lav Diaz which is a mix of sci-fi and horror “about death of a dictator,…

Bahay na Pula and the Malaya Lolas

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 07/30/2019

The Bahay na Pula in San Ildefonso, Bulacan, with its red walls almost gone, still stands as a house with a dark and painful history. Red is a very emotionally intense color of fire and blood as it is associated with…

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