Under the Gun: School for tribal children in Surigao bears brunt of militarization

By DEE AYROSO
Bulatlat.com

First of three parts

LIANGA, Surigao del Sur — Myra, 18, a Manobo youth, is her parents’ teacher. She teaches them sustainable farming methods alien to the nomadic tribe’s shifting style of planting from one place to another.

Robert, 19, also a Manobo, teaches his parents household sanitation, nutrition and other health practices. He is able to perform minor surgery, first aid, acupuncture and serves as a health worker in monthly medical missions in different Lumad communities. Continue reading “Under the Gun: School for tribal children in Surigao bears brunt of militarization”

Young Pinoy finishes four-day charity walkathon

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By Loui Galicia, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

A 12-year-old Pinoy succeeded in his quest to raise funds for the orphaned children of victims of political killings and disappearances by capping off the four-day Walk of the World in Nijmegen, Netherlands.

The trail to his victory though, was not painless and sweet as Kyle Baleva almost gave up on the second day of the biggest walkathon in the world. Continue reading “Young Pinoy finishes four-day charity walkathon”

Noble feet for orphaned children in the Philippines

By Boyen Baleva

Kyle with the Vierdaagsekruis pinned on his shirt, tells his brother Kalil about his experience during the last day of the four-day marches.

Twelve-year old Kyle G. Baleva crossed the finish line at about 2:30pm on Friday, 24 July 2009, to complete the four-day, 30 kilometers per day hike of the Nijmegen International Four-Day Marches. Considered to be the biggest hiking event in the world, the 93rd edition of the Nijmegen Four-Day Marches attracted a total of 40,645 participants on day one, 21 July, but only 37,106 crossed the finish line on Friday, with the first one racing in as early as 9:30 in the morning and the last limping past at 5:55, just five minutes before the closing of the event.

Continue reading “Noble feet for orphaned children in the Philippines”

Kampeon ng mga batang naulila sa gobyernong Arroyo

Muntik nang maulila si Kyle Baleva, gaya ng mga anak ng pinatay o nawawalang Pilipinong mga aktibista. Noong 2001, dinukot, tinortyur, at ilegal na ikinulong ng gobyernong Arroyo ang kanyang ama na si Boyen Baleva. Masuwerte lamang si Kyle at muling nakapiling ang ama, na noo’y naghain ng political asylum at ngayo’y nakatira sa Utrecht, The Netherlands kasama ng kanyang buong pamilya. Continue reading “Kampeon ng mga batang naulila sa gobyernong Arroyo”

Young Pinoy inspires youth, child rights advocates

By Maria Aleta Nieva-Nishimori, abs-cbnNEWS.com

Taking the cue from the initiative of a young Filipino boy in the Netherlands, a child rights group in Manila has organized a children’s solidarity walk for justice and peace.

Executive Director Ma. Esmeralda dela Paz of the Children’s Rehabilitation Center (CRC) said the “Walk for Justice, Walk for Peace” will coincide with the biggest walkathon in the Netherlands in which Kyle Baleva is one of its 45,000 participants. Continue reading “Young Pinoy inspires youth, child rights advocates”