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…

Permanently disability and  Seafarer’s Record Book/ Identity Document 

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 07/23/2019

The issuance or renewal of the Seafarer’s Record Book (SRB) and Seafarer’s Identity Document (SID) is now dependent on medical fitness of a seafarer, specifically concerning permanently disabled seafarers. The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA)  released Memorandum Circular No.MD-2019-01 Series…

Seafarer’s drunkenness while  off-duty

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 07/16/2019

A seafarer cannot be dismissed  on the ground of drunkenness or intoxication if he is off-duty. The Supreme Court clarified in the case of EVIC Human Resource Management Inc., v. Rogelio Panahon, (G.R. No. 206890, July 31, 2017)…

Medical repatriation and contract termination in compensation cases

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 07/09/2019

  A seafarer is entitled to compensation even if he finished his contract as long as his medical condition was properly documented while he is on board the vessel. The issue of repatriation due to contract termination…

Sunflowers and Sablay in UP: Symbols of the ultimate rites of passage

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 07/02/2019

Graduates of  the University of the Philippines in Diliman have flooded their social media accounts with photos of  two icons  – sunflowers and sablay.  It is said that the blossoming of sunflowers were already a tradition since the…

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