Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The War on Drugs is a National Nightmare

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More killings. Less public approval.

That's what Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros' message on the SWS survey saying that fewer Pinoys are satisfied with the war on drugs.

This is how she sees the latest SWS survey which pointed to an 11-point drop in public net satisfaction rating for the Duterte government's war on drugs.

The government's war on drugs may have had massive popular support at the start, but inevitably it has turned into a national nightmare. As long as the government's anti-drug campaign continues to create a climate of fear, impunity and killing, this war is a losing battle with less and less supporters.

The SWS survey is also a slap in the face for EJK deniers. For a second consecutive time, the majority or 73 percent of Filipinos are worried that they or someone they know would become victims of extrajudicial killings. The fear is real. EJKs are a reality. The government's attempt to massage its original data and/or reintroduce new and questionable data on the killings attributed to the drug war cannot hide this fact.

Our nation is now farther away from the order and security that President Duterte promised during the campaign. Our people are living in fear, among the ghosts of the drug war victims, without any semblance of justice in sight. It's time for the public to wake up from this national nightmare and set things right by holding all those responsible for these killings accountable alongside the implementation of a public health agenda on the anti-drugs campaign.

Delish Food Crawl at BGC's Summer Food Fest

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Bonifacio Global City (BGC) definitely knows how to throw a party! From art events, concerts, product launches to food fest and all kinds of festivities, whether modern or cultural, this place truly rocks with coolness.

Kicking off the Summer on the Street festivities at BGC, specifically at the Bonifacio High Street (BHS), was Summer Food Fest held along 9th Avenue. The event gathered homegrown and well-loved food brands and food trucks. 

We were treated to a food crawl as we go from one food stall to the next to try out the food and drinks served by different food brands where some even came from far places just to participate in the event.

From Burgers, Pizza, Ice Cream, to Bourbon candied bacon and cheese empanadas, the choice was ours! 

I particularly liked the Julius Hotdog at Schmidt's, the Mango Chicken Wings at Fireout Wings, and the Elote at El Jefe. But ther were more food stalls, and food trucks, that I was not able to visit since the tummy couldn't take any more. 

Nowadays when food parks are becoming a fad, pop-up food markets during weekends, night time, or special occasions like the holiday season, are no longer new. People are now patronizing them since you could find a lot of tasty discoveries. Many of the big and well established brands are also joining these food markets probably to also promote their brand and reach out to the customers. 

The great thing about doing it along BGC High Street, the whole stretch is conducive to hanging out since they have an equally long park areas where you could sit down to enjoy the food, and at the same time, certain entertainment have been hired to perk things up and make it a lot more interesting.

There was also several performances that seemed non-stop like live music, art activities (also a shirt printing service), and even a playground  where children could play, that made the food fest thrice the fun!

Bonifacio High Street Holds ‘Summer on the Street’ Anew

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Bonifacio High Street (BHS), a kilometer-long expanse that serves as the heart of the action and entertainment in BGC, is once again hosting a summer revelry from March to May. Dubbed as “Summer on the Street,” this campaign believes that it’s truly more fun outside and encourages BGCitizens and visitors alike to go out and live their passions, or discover new ones.

BHS is the perfect playground this summer as it dedicates every weekend to a different celebration of passions in all shapes and forms—be it Pets, Food, Fitness, Prayer, The Outdoors, Music and the Arts, or random Geekery—whoever you are, whatever it is that you love, you will surely find something just for you at Bonifacio High Street.

Of Food, Art, and Fun
Kicking off the festivities this March 25 to 26 is a Summer Food Fest with Bite Me Manila along 9th Avenue that will gather homegrown and well-loved food brands and food trucks. Burgers, Pizza, Ice Cream, Bourbon candied bacon and cheese empanadas, the choice is yours! Live music, art, and a kid’s playground makes this food fest thrice the fun!

Dog Day Afternoons
Pet-friendly parks & walkways make Bonifacio High Street the best setting for you & your furry friends. In BHS, petting is not only allowed, it’s even rewarded!
All pet owners and lovers are welcome to participate in a Pet Summit on April 2 at the BHS Park for an adorable showcase of a variety of animals, including a few exotic ones. Waggin’ Tails follows on May 21 at BHS Park, where man’s best friend will be treated to a whole day of fun activities and endless treats!

Walkway: Stations of the Cross
For those who will be on staycation for the Holy Week (April 9-16), don’t miss BGC’s tradition of commemorating the Stations of the Cross through interactive, larger-than-life displays along the entire stretch of Bonifacio High Street.

This week-long reflection culminates with a concert by the international rock band Switchfoot at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater on April 16, 7pm. Get a free ticket for a minimum spend of P2,000 from any Bonifacio High Street shop or restaurant, simply exchange your receipts (single or accumulated) at any of the BHS concierge booths beginning March 27.

Easter Carnivale
Egg hunt adventures, magic shows, a petting zoo, carnival booths, and loads of treats await kids and the kids-at-heart this Easter, April 16, 4pm at the BHS Activity Center.

Get fit and have fun! Health, Fitness, and Wellness take center stage on April 22-23, with free community workouts, a fair for all things organic, and fun games and challenges at the BHS Amphitheater. This event is in partnership with Lifestyle Network.

Glamping in the City
For anyone who has always wanted to go camping but dreads the hassles that come with it, glamping is the way to go. A portmanteau of “glamor” and “camping,” glamping affords the same outdoor experience but better. On April 29-30, a campsite will rise in the middle of the city at the BHS Park where the whole family can enjoy survivor-type challenges and workshops, a boodle fight, s’mores making, and more. Summer camp has never been more fun!

It’s All Geek to Me
Geek is the new chic at United Geekdom 2, celebrated alongside World Comic Book Day on May 7. Expect hordes of comic enthusiasts who’ll bring the house down with their passion for all things geek.

Our Moms, Our Heroes
There’s no better way to thank our dear moms than to celebrate everything they love with everyone they love! In partnership with TLC, the leading international travel and lifestyle channel, there will be surprise activities so bring all the moms in your life at the BHS Amphitheater this May 14.

Summer Ender Treat
Before we bid the summer season farewell, take the whole squad and end it with a free concert at the BHS Amphitheater, 6pm. The final line up or artists will be announced through the BGC’s Facebook page.

For more information, visit or follow @bonifaciohighstreet on Instagram.
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