TJPh Joins Call to Junk Terror Bill

ACCORDING to HR Watch, the anti-terror bill, when passed as law, makes it criminal offense to incite individuals as committing acts of terrorism “by means of speeches, proclamations, writings, emblems, banners or other representations tending to the same end.”

The anti-terror bill poses threats to our rights as Filipinos, and to our rights to free speech and expression. And the moment we lose these rights is the moment we lose our freedom.

On the day declaring our independence as a people and as a nation, Traveling Journo Ph upholds our rights and our freedom, and joins the call to #JunkTerrorBill

Read more about the Anti-Terror Bill here: https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/06/05/philippines-new-anti-terrorism-act-endangers-rights?fbclid=IwAR3305k4SZszAGTkJn_IbJzDPh0S4Lhddm-xa7fEw42qMWrowv4Zm1MJsI0

Philippines’ Live Music Scene Perseveres Through a Pandemic

Metro Manila has officially transitioned to a modified enhanced community quarantine allowing us residents to regain parts of our normal lives, while still being mindful of physical distancing, proper handwashing at all times, and following strict community rules like curfew and limited movement.

We are seeing malls, commercial centers and restaurants reopening once again, as well as some offices and businesses as long as these observe MECQ guidelines.

The live music scene, however, is yet to recover since non-essential mass gatherings cannot be allowed still, and for all the good reasons. This entails countless job loss not just for the musical artists but also for managers, roadies, assistants and employees who all work for live gigs and venues.

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As Writer as it Gets

By Euden Valdez

I’M a writer. And it shows in a lot of ways. One that’s simple and as writer as it gets is collecting notebooks.

The three in the picture are my current constants: 1. A folio notebook, which is a gift from a friend who knows me so well. It has been used and abused for I guess about four years already. It’s refillable with pocket inserts so I can keep lots of stuff and trinkets inside it; 2. My 2020 CBTL planner, which also doubles as my bullet journal. It’s so functional for me because there is so much space for writing and planning. For the record, this is one and only café planner that I “collected” because it’s refillable and created by the same makers of my folio notebook; And 3. My notebook from work, which I use on the job and for other jobs particularly my volunteer work.

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Step Up for Healing in the Mountains

TEXT AND PHOTO BY EUDEN VALDEZ

ALMOST four years since Duterte administration’s bloody war on drugs took the lives of thousands, this fact remains: Families are left dealing with losses of their loved ones. Wives without husbands. Children without fathers. Parents without children.

Justice is far off, not within reach nor within sight.

Healing, on the other hand, may be a step closer to some of these family members. They are taking the steps forward, upward and downward along the trails of mountains.

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Full Transcript: Ebe Dancel on his 20th Year in Music Industry, 1st Solo Concert

INTERVIEW BY EUDEN VALDEZ

FOR Ebe Dancel, the show always goes on. He has been doing so in the last 20 years. The show went on for the singer-songwriter when his longtime alternative rock band Sugarfree disbanded eight years ago. He went solo and almost slowly but surely made a name for himself in the industry.

Come February 29, 2020, the show continues for Dancel as he finally holds his first solo concert at the Metrotent in Pasig City. It marks and celebrates his two decades in the local music industry.

Last December, this author was able to exclusively interview the OPM icon in promotion of the upcoming solo concert, which sold out within months of selling by the way. It was serendipity of sorts for the last time I was able to interview him exclusively was for the promotion of his first solo album eight years ago. 

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IN PHOTOS: Jogjakarta’s Heroes of Batik

TEXT AND PHOTOS EUDEN VALDEZ

Batik is a method of dyeing fabric using wax resist. The traditional process is handmade from start to finish, and the result is a motif textile that can be transformed into clothing ranging from everyday wear to traditional costumes.

Indonesia is credited to have proliferated the art of batik. In Yogyakarta, or Jogja for short, batik has developed with hundreds of years of skill and sophistication, resulting to thousands of unique and elaborate motifs.

Batik Plentong showcases this and more through its artisans, masters, and truly, heroes of the art.

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What Two Pairs of Running Shoes Taught Me

BY EUDEN VALDEZ

I hope this won’t bore you but I’m going to talk about shoes—and a lot about myself through shoes.

I come from a middle-class family who always have just about enough, if not less. Growing up as a student, I remember the only time I would be bought a new pair of shoes was before the school began. I had other pairs apart from the leather ones but these weren’t many.

Today, in a span of two weeks, I bought myself two pairs of running shoes, costing about P10,000, for my upcoming, first marathon in February. I don’t mean to brag because in reality—well my share of reality—that amount is already a luxury. It wasn’t intended rather the result of careless choices.

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IN PHOTOS: Huta Siallagan at the Heart of Lake Toba, Indonesia

TEXT AND PHOTOS BY EUDEN VALDEZ

GADING SIALLAGAN is an old man, probably in his 70s or even 80s, who sports silver hair that is neatly parted sideways. His facial features are refined but what strikes are his eyes, deep set with wisdom as a Batak of Northern Sumatra in Indonesia.

In his prime years, Siallagan was an aerospace flight control engineer, which made him see the world from Asia to America to Europe. He also became an educator in a top Indonesian university.

Today, the well-traveled Batak is settled in his hometown, particularly in Huta Siallagan in Samosir Island at the heart of Lake Toba. At 1,145-square kilometer and 450-meter deep, it is the largest volcanic lake in Southeast Asia, as well as one of the deepest in the world.

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Facing Fear, Testing Limits, and Seeing Beauty at Kibungan Mountains – Part 3

TEXT AND PHOTOS BY EUDEN VALDEZ

(Last of Three Parts)

Chasing Time, Going Home

DO you know that feeling when you’re chasing time to something very important, like a concert or a flight, but suddenly luck isn’t on your side? With every ticking of the clock, you’re tummy is also turning. You need to make it, no matter what.

There wasn’t any concert in the mountains or a flight back to Manila, but we were indeed chasing time on our last day at Kibungan. To be exact, chasing our bus ride back home. It was still in the evening but we already knew how limited our time and resources were. The chase was on. 

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