What’s happening in Marawi City is an emergency and a tragedy but PLEASE avoid calling them ISIS fighters. They are part of the Maute Group, an Islamist group that has pledged allegiance to ISIS and Abu Bakr.

Calling them ISIS fighters would make many people think that foreign terrorists have made their way into the Philippines, making this seem like an issue of international security instead of domestic/regional. What that does is put the Philippines at further risk of imperialist intervention in this era of the global ‘war on terror’.

So please avoid rhetoric that plays into imperialist hysteria, because if there’s one thing that will make this situation a whole lot worse, it will be a whole bunch of Westerners calling for Western powers to come ‘save’ the Phillipines.

Salamat sa lahat 


The Crossdressing Fighters at Balangiga,

In 1898 military forces of the United States kicked the Spanish out of the Philippines.  While the Americans came as liberators, many Filipino’s were enraged when the United States made the Philippines a territory rather than granting the country independence.  As a result many Filipino’s revolted against the Americans, especially the rural population and the Philippines’ various native cultures.

The war in the Philippines was bloody, and American troops are noted for conducting terrible atrocities during the war.  As the bloody war dragged on, the Americans began a policy of occupying small villages across the country to deny the rebels safe haven.  When soldiers of Company C of the 9th US Infantry set up a garrison in the small town of Balangiga on the Island of Samar, things were peaceful at first.  However as time wore on the soldiers conduct degraded over time.  Things came to a head when two drunk soldiers attempted to molest a girl, only to be fended off by her two brothers.  In response the commander of Company C, Capt. Connel ordered all of the male villagers to be rounded up and detained.  143 townspeople, including small children and old men, were rounded up and detained in two small tents for two days.  In addition all bolos (machetes) were confiscated as was every family’s supply of rice, which was destroyed.

Enraged, the townspeople decided that the American’s had to go, and concocted a bold plan to kick them out.  The townspeople contacted the local Filipino resistance and asked for fighters and weapons to help out in the cause.  Since the villagers and fighters had few guns, only swords and machete’s, the plan revolved around a fiesta to celebrate the 42nd anniversary of the local church parish.  The Americans were invited to the party, where the villagers got the soldiers drunk on tuba, a local made palm wine.

In the meantime all of the village’s women and children were evacuated.  So that the soldiers would not notice the absence of women, the Filipino resistance fighters cross-dressed as women, tricking the Americans into believing that nothing unusual was going on.   As the fiesta continued the Filipino’s smuggled weapons into the church in caskets, under the guise of a funeral.  When a soldier demanded to see what was in the caskets, he luckily opened one in which the corpse of a young boy was placed.  The soldier apologized profusely and didn’t check the other caskets.

The next morning the men of Company C were suffering a terrible hangover when they heard the bells balangiga chime.  On that signal, the Filipino fighters threw off their women’s clothing, armed themselves and the villagers, and stormed the army garrison.  The assault was swift and terrifying as the fighters stormed the barracks and hacked down ever American soldier in their way.  Out of Company C’s 72 men only a few dozen were able to escape.  As well the fighters captured all of the garrisons weapons and supplies.

Newspapers touted the “Massacre at Balangiga” as the worst US military defeat since the Battle of Little Bighorn.  While the villagers of Balagiga were victorious, American retribution for the attack would be swift and cruel.  The entire Island of Samar was declared a “kill and burn” zone.  Towns and villages on the Island were put to the torch, including Balangiga.  In one of the worst American war atrocities in history, in which Brigadier-General Jacob H. Smith reportedly gave orders to kill anybody capable of bearing arms over the age of ten. He would later be court martialed by personal order of Pres. Theodore Roosevelt. Officers of Company C were also court martialed for unfair treatment of the people of Balangiga.

Today the surprise attack at Balangiga is celebrated by Filipino’s as a source of national pride and patriotism.


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So I know the chances of this working out are very small, but every bit of help counts.

The woman in the pictures above is my beautiful mother on her wedding day 18 years ago.

Upon unboxing what we thought was her wedding dress, we realized that we’ve been holding onto the WRONG DRESS for 18 years.

The Cleaning place where my parents had gotten the dress professionally preserved MIXED UP THE ORDERS and gave my Mom the WRONG dress.

This dress was made in the Philippines, along with the shirt my Dad wore to their wedding. My Mom, who was born there, said that her dress was one of the last pieces of her home country that she held on to. And now it’s gone.

Today, on Thanksgiving, (November 26th, 2015) I watched my Mother break down in tears when she realized her wedding dress was lost.

The dress was preserved near Wauconda IL. If you have any idea where her dress may have ended up, or by a slim chance you are the person who has this dress, please contact me. Send me a message.

Even if you don’t live in the area, please help me and SIGNAL BOOST THIS. I want to do as much as I can for my mom, and possibly find it.

Thank you for your time.

anonymous asked:

hey there, i just wanted to ask a question, in the latest comic you made, you referred to the Philippines as a chunk of disaster, do you have any resentment towards that country???

omg no! Well half-half yes, but that’s because I live in PH. The comic isn’t to express my resentment though, quite the opposite actually. 

The whole comic had Frisk missing their home, even asked the others to have picnics which is a thing for most Filipinos do in New Year’s Eve (at least to me anyway). Frisk saying “that chunk of disaster is my homeland” is a way of saying that even if it is a disaster, they still love their homeland.

Volunteer: Sierra Schepmann

Sierra Schepmann is a Queer filmmaker who volunteers so she can see films in her genre, and network with other filmmakers and industry professionals. 

This year the film “Maybe Tomorrow” by first-time filmmaker Samantha Lee impressed her the most. She says it was a gorgeous film made in the Philippines. 

Sierra hopes that her feature will be in the Outfest Film Festival in 2018. She just wrapped production on “How I Became a Giant Lesbian,” a comedy about fitting in the Queer community, and about how stereotypes affect our place in Queer culture.

“So if you have ever been told you are too pretty to be a lesbian, or you’re not doing it right, you’re not gay enough those kind of things,” Sierra says. 

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Sierra is the redhead in the center of the photo.


history films then were considered too academic and boring. i’m pretty sure a lot of students didn’t look forward to the reaction papers they had to write on these films required by their school because hey history

and then something happened; in about three years’ time, historical films and television series were released one after another. however, it was not until “heneral luna” did history films claim the spotlight which we can say is overdue

however, this is what i’m curious about, and this is what i also fear: 

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Apollo’s bracelet is made from The Philippines. Magnifi Gramarye asked a Filipino family that is an expert on witchcraft to make something for Thalassa Gramarye to improve her magic tricks so they created her a bracelet. Unfortunately, the family mistakenly made two but they decided to keep it for themselves. Valant found this out and decided to steal it from them because of jealousy and use it for his own good. When he successfully stole it, Thalassa knew about it immediately and took it from him. Then, Thalassa passed this to Apollo for his and its protection.

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