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The Covid-19 Pandemic has took a toll on the lives of all people, and among those who are greatly affected are the youth. Staying at home everyday does not sound as relaxing as it is when you're doing the same thing everyday for months, with little or no social interaction, no proper exercise & body movements, etc. These negative impacts of the pandemic does not only affect the physical health of the youth, but there is also their mental health that's on the line.
On April 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) published an e-book entitled “Doing What Matters in Times of Stress: An Illustrated Guide”, this book talks about different ways on how to cope up with stress during a pandemic that all people can surely do even without the help of others (self-help techniques). In connection with this, it can be really seen that mental health was greatly affected in this pandemic, alongside of course the physical health of the people. Many suicide cases arouse in the Philippines alone and most of the victims are the youth, since the start of the pandemic and up until now, but many people are still unaware and unknowledgeable about what mental health is and how it affects a person’s overall well-being.
The people, not only in the Philippines, but all over the world, should come to realize and be sensitive on the importance of one’s mental health for us to fully function as individuals, friends, and family in the society. Educating ourselves about these topics isn’t hard to do anymore since we now have easy access to the internet (e.g. WHO’s published book which is free to download on the internet).
Red-tagging or red-baiting means the harassment or persecution of a person because of known or suspected communist sympathies. According to the dissenting opinion in Zarate vs Aquino III Supreme Court Associate, Justice Marvic Leonen cited a 2011 journal article that defined red-baiting as: “the act of labeling, branding, naming and accusing individuals and/ or organizations of being left-leaning, subversives, communists or terrorists (used as) a strategy...by State agents, particularly law enforcement agencies and the military, against those perceived to be ‘threats’ or ‘enemies of the State’.". Organizations that are frequently subject in the Philippines includes civil groups, religious institutions,health worker unions, academia, and mainstream and alternative media for they are against in the wrong doing of the government. Red-tagging is dangerous for us. It threatens the lives and safety of the people. The act of red-tagging human-rights defenders constitutes a grave threat to their lives, liberty, and security. It distorts the nature of their work and makes them susceptible to attacks and number of violations. Since 2016, Red tagging has caused an impact in terms of the number of systematic killings due to drug-related operations of police. Red-tagging is inevitable for the government has always a whole of their wrong doing. People and other organization just want them to be heard. But people in the government are deaf and blind. The cannot blame people if they do red-tagging for they just want to claim their rights.
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Ellen Alexander is currently expanding the realms of her firm “Create u future,” which she co-founded with her buddy, after leaving a global mark in the fields of fashion modeling, anti-aging techniques, and entrepreneurship.
Ellen was born in Moscow to a family of scientists, and her scientific background inspired her to explore specific biotech and genetic cum fertility initiatives that would make individuals seem younger by using scientific methods to slow down the aging process.
This is a high-tech branch of genetic science that aims to help people live longer, stay healthy, and appear younger than their actual age. It will also let older couples to have biological children of their own.
The contrast picture of Ellen as a dazzling fashion model, film actor, singer, orchestra personality, and songwriter is what surprises us against the backdrop of Ellen’s scientific temperament.
Alex Tizon's narrative "My Family's Slave" is a heartwarming and enlightening story that one should read at least once during his life. He was a well-known Filipino-American author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who specialized in creative nonfiction. This narrative tackles the rocky life of Eudocia Tomas Pulido, a Filipino lady known as "Lola" in the hands of the author's family, who stayed with them for 64 years as a slave who was always unpaid, yet in the end, Alex paid back to her as he realized how she successfully raised three generation after generation of their family. As I read this, I vividly imagined all of the events and completely visualized the situations and feelings upon it. My different emotions arose as I encounter this text.
Evidently, the theme of the story is about the unconditional love and concern a 'katulong' or slave could give to his masters despite of some hardships, and the remarkable worth it could forever leave even in one of the family members.
Human servitude, as we all know, is a contemporary affliction that is sometimes veiled or rationalized as cultural norm. However, Alex demonstrated in this story how we must understand, respect, and accept them as human beings and provide them with the things they deserve after all those pity sacrifices and lifelong dedication of serving them.
In terms of the story's format, I'd say it's a creative non-fiction piece because Alex, the author, was always present and active throughout the work, both on the pages and behind the scenes. As we can see, he possesses a sense of self-awareness and self-motivation. Furthermore, as he retells the event, we can see how he used both the memoir form and personal essays to convey it, and he didn't just offer pithy quips. But rather, he used craft and strategies to immerse us, the reader, in his own personal life. The author also made used of descriptive languages to elicit responses from our senses. He also utilized the braiding approach to entangle the data and some of his insights. And mesages were resented vividly like we shouldn't underestimate slaves, instead, we must let them feel the love and freedom they also deserve.
Indeed, there's no doubt why this narrative became one of his most famous publications just days after his death because it exhibited good form, tactics, and topics of actual Filipina experiences, particularly slaves in our country. The unconditional love that a Filipino family has for its members, even if they are not biologically related, was also communicated. Despite the fact that it is a bit long, I certainly believe that it is absolutely worthwhile to read.