My Bucket List: Places to go in the Philippines

THIS ARTICLE provides useful information about some fantastic, off-the-beaten-track places to go in the Philippines.  I already had my own list of places for reclining and recreating in the Philippines, but this list adds several new and astonishing ones to the mix.

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Is it South China Sea or is it West Philippine Sea?

Philippine Sea — South China Sea Dispute (Non-Interactive)

This is an interesting book by Philippines Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio that lays out an historical analysis of the legal claims to Scarborough Shoal, the Spratleys and many other islands in the Philippine Sea wast of Palawan (aka South China Sea).

TRANSCRIPT: Justice Antonio Carpio on South China Sea conflict

VIDEO: Justice Antonio Carpio on the South China Sea disput

If we don’t establish a marine protected area in this region we are headed toward a major, major fisheries collapse, leading to mass starvation and increasing conflict.

KYRGYZ REPUBLIC: A Fulbright grant

I am happy and grateful to receive a 2017-19 Fulbright FLEX grant for doing research at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic (AUCA).

My research project is develop and write an “indigenous” curriculum for higher education and creative practice at AUCA, in the nascent Department of TV, Cinema and Visual Arts.

In doing my research for the development of a “local” curriculum in “TV, Cinema and Visual Arts” I am learning about the scope and nature of Kyrgyz cinema.  Yes, there is a cinema culture in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

I am happy to learn about an established online presence for the film industry in Kyrgyz, with a nice website for marketing the country’s actors, production companies, directors and technical support professionals, and a wide range of exterior locations.  .

KYRGYZ CINEMA

As I move to have closer ties in Kyrgyzstan with scholars, filmmakers, and others, I am also looking for collaborative projects (video, film, photo, research, others) for production.  I hope to explore and research in Bishkek and surrounding areas in Kyrgyzstan, with a base of operations in Bishkek.  Folk Music?  Pastoral or nomadic communities in transition?  From what images I have seen there is astonishing beauty there and it looks like a healthy place in the mountains with hot and cold springs of vary types, famous for spas and healthy treatment.  Kyrgyz Republic also boasts the largest stand in the world of walnut forestlands.  I am trying to develop an understanding of the history, geography, and cultural diversity in Kyrgyz Republic.  Feel free to share your ideas with me.

Now there’s Trump so I return to Zinn

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Some folks are long overdue for their first reading of A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn.  In my case, I was overdue for a re-read and it has been very helpful.  With recent political developments as they have been and a tendency to forecast ominously for the future I provide this link to edify your knowledge, starting with Columbus as anti-hero.

FULL PDF: HOWARD ZINN A People’s History of the United States