Ati children playing on their beach.
A lot has improved with the Ati’s living conditions in their settlement that was granted to them last year. There are more houses after they were taught by the army how to build, they are more secure with the increased police presence, and they now have their own sari-sari store. There’s still a long way to go but they are now far from living in fear of abusive businessmen who are determined to kill just to get this piece of prime real estate.
Read more on the Ati at kamustamagazine.ph (at Manoc-manoc, Boracay Island)
The Abelling Anito Festival. For more visit Kamusta? Magazine’s Three-part series on the tribe’s fading rites.
March 2014 | San Jose, Tarlac
Recommending this particular movie I watched last night: Emperor (2012) starring Tommy Lee Jones as Gen. Douglas MacArthur, supreme commander of the USAFFE, and Matthew Fox as Gen. Bonner Fellers, who was in charge of investigating the role of the Japanese emperor in World War II. While the movie tackles the difficult decisions surrounding the Tokyo War Crime Trials (where many Japanese soldiers were executed for committing crimes against humanity), it does give a picture of the political element in the decision-making.
The movie does inevitably fail to capture the full nuances of the decisions made at the time, and it still remains debatable whether justice was fully implemented, but it does make one think on the issues of war, crimes against humanity, colonialism, and imperialism.