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TROPICAL  PARADISE / 03-22-2017 

Abundant sunshine, pleasing sound of the waves, swaying palm trees, and easy-going vibe. One of the great ways to loosen up from the stress of the city life is to relax, recuperate in the beach and take dips in the therapeutic waters of the Philippines. It was nice being in a place where you feel welcomed, safe and unfettered by official intrusions. You also get to meet friendly people who are genuinely happier and who prioritize time with family and living life.

I encourage you to go somewhere rural. Drink the wild air, appreciate the warm weather and have fun under the sun. Transport yourself to the tropics. May all your blues be the ocean and the sky.  

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Manila, Philippines: Today, youth group Anakbayan marched to the US Embassy to denounce the result of the recently concluded US Elections, the victory of US President elect Donald Trump and its detrimental effects to the Filipino people.

Anakbayan reminds President Rodrigo Duterte about his earlier declarations regarding breaking away from the US in the economic and military aspects and demands the immediate abrogation of all unequal treaties and agreements such as EDCA, VFA and other pro-US policies that betray the interest of the Filipino people.

Via Anakbayan

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The Tagalog Pantheon (Part I/2) 

The Tagalog pantheon consisted of many gods and goddesses adhering to various elements of nature and activities. They believed that the earth, sky, sea, and all living things were created by one god who was referred to by two names, Bathala Maykapal & Molyari/Malyari, “the creator and preserver of all things”. Under him were a number of different deities that served him and were directly prayed to by the ancient Tagalog, each with their own different responsibilities. There was Haik, the god of the sea, who they performed sacrifices of banquets and food asking him to protect voyagers out to sea from storms, granting them good weather and favorable winds. Then there was the goddess Idiyanale, the goddess of agriculture, who overlooked all activities of raising crops and animals. Aman Sinaya was the god who invented the art of fishing and was called upon by fishermen when casting their nets or preparing their fishhooks. The sisters Hanan, the goddess of the morning, and Tala, the goddess of the stars and the bright star, Venus. Laho, the naga deity who devoured the moon and sun, causing solar and lunar eclipses. People would scare Laho away by playing loud music and banging pots and gongs to free the sun and moon from the god. Mankukuktod was the god who protected coconut palms and was given offerings by tuba (a coconut alcoholic drink) tappers who wanted to climb up the tree to get the coconuts or else risk falling from the trunk of the tree. Then there was the god of hunters, Aman Ikabli, who the Tagalogs worshiped to help provide game such as deer and wild boars. Offerings of food were given to the god of the forests and fields, Uwinan Sana, who the Tagalogs prayed to when they passed through his domains, asking his permission to walk through and to not cause them harm as they do. These anito were only a handful of the old gods and goddesses the ancestors of the Tagalogs once worshiped and revered. The second half of the Tagalog pantheon will be in part two.