Monthly Archives: October 2014

Filipino Halloween

Did you know that the Philippines celebrates Halloween? It’s called Undas in Tagalog. Pangangaluluwa is the Tagolog word for trick-or-treat. Halloween usually starts a week early in the Philippines, they go to the cemeteries and clean up the graves of the lost, by pulling weeds or washing up the grave. This is done so that on November first or second they may visit the grave and remember their loved ones. On October 31, they let their kids go trick-or-treat around the neighborhood. November 1 is usually called All Saints’ Day.On this day the cemeteries are overflowing with people who are there to revisit their lost loved ones. November 2 is called All Souls’ Day, this day is basically the same, except the cemeteries are less crowded for those who want to have some peace and quiet. On November 1 and 2, tents and even chairs and tables are set up around the grave for the Filipinos to talk with relatives, these 2 days are sort of like a little reunion for some.

~B Moe

70 Years Ago in the Philippines

2015 is the 70th anniversary of the end of Japanese occupation in the Philippines. December 8, 1941 marks the first year of the Japanese invasion. The Empire of Japan occupied the Commonwealth of the Philippines just 10 hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor. After a valiant attempt to keep their land, the over 76,000 starving and sometimes sick Americans and Filipino surrendered, April 9, 1942. Many were then forced into the infamous Bataan Death March, in which thousands of people died or were murdered. For over three years the occupation remained, until the surrender of Japan.


Kids Have Rights!

Kids Have Rights!

Did you know that the United Nations had a convention where they recognized that kids have unique rights?  It was in 1989. I didn’t know that there were different types of rights. I feel surprised and safe that there are people who are out there to help! I recommend that others look at the unicef report to find out more about how others in the world can help kids.


Below is the list from the unicef report. You can find it here

Types of Rights

Survival Rights: Right to life and to have your most basic needs met (for example: shelter, nutrition, medical treatment).

Development Rights: Rights that allow you to reach your fullest potential (for example: education, play and leisure, cultural activities).

Participation Rights: Rights that allow you to take an active role in your community (for example: the freedom to express opinions, to join associations).

Protection Rights: Rights that protect you from all forms of abuse, neglect and exploitation (for example: protection against involvement in armed conflict and child labour).