Among the Tausug, indeed among the Moro peoples, martabat is the main thing. “We may have become impoverished and marginalised but that does not matter. We are defined by our honor.”
Your typical Metro page in Manila, though, is mostly about crime and press releases from local governments, which, considering Metro Manila has 17 component cities and municipalities, is pretty much you all can really hope for.
We reporters may have become too engrossed with style and flair that we’ve taken for granted that readers know what we are talking about.
I don’t get all the jokes but I do get The Joke. And The Joke is this: Life is pretty absurd, if you think about it.
I have always been drawn, though, to the quiet, unseen kind of love in “Lea”, a song by Buklod that I first heard while a college freshman more than a decade ago.