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Karlo Mikhail Mongaya

Karlo is a bibliophile, social activist, flaneur, literature graduate, and citizen media advocate based in Panay island in the Philippines. Check out hello.lenin!, his blog on books, literature, reading, and politics.

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5 July 2014

Workers Who Make Your iPhone Possible Are Fighting Labor Abuse in the Philippines With Selfies and Hashtags

The #bringbacknxp24 campaign on social media, which demands fair pay and regular employment, has received support from around the world.

30 June 2014

How the Philippine President Managed to Anger Film Legend Nora Aunor's Legions of Fans

The Filipina actress who starred in one of the most memorable Asian films has been nominated for the National Artist title. But the Philippine president rejected the nomination.

22 June 2014

Student Faces Criminal Charges for Disrupting Philippine President's Speech on Independence Day

A student leader in the Philippines was detained and subsequently charged with two criminal cases for disrupting the Independence Day speech of the President.

18 October 2013

PHOTOS: Hundreds Dead, Historic Churches Destroyed in Philippine Quake

"Our churches may have been destroyed but not our faith" became a popular online message in the Philippines after a strong earthquake hit the central part of the country

27 August 2013

‘Million People March’ Against Corruption in the Philippines

Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos gathered in Manila and several cities in the Philippines to denounce rampant corruption in the government.

15 August 2013

‘Selfies’ Protest Against Philippine Train Fare Hikes

Filipino activists are encouraging commuters and netizens to post "selfies" or self-portraits expressing opposition to train fare hikes.

25 May 2013

Philippine Elections Tainted by Allegations of Automated Fraud

In spite of claims by the Commission on Elections of a peaceful, orderly, and ultimately successful elections, poll watchdogs are alleging that the Philippine midterm polls were tainted by automated...

24 April 2013

Diaper Ad Hit for ‘Twisting’ Philippine History

A popular diaper manufacturer has been ordered to stop airing a TV advertisement that parodies an episode in Philippine history. An online petition was also initiated which criticized the ad...

18 March 2013

Philippines: Forced to Leave School Due to Unpaid Fees, Student Commits Suicide

A 16-year old college freshman in the University of the Philippines Manila committed suicide after she was forced by the school administration to stop attending her classes because of unpaid...

23 January 2013

Philippines: US Navy Ship Damages ‘Protected’ Tubbataha Reefs

Filipino netizens, environmentalists, and nationalists are angry after a United States Navy minesweeper, the USS Guardian, caused damage to the corals of the Tubbataha Reefs in the Sulu Sea. The...

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