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To All RH Advocates: Onwards and Upwards!

Fellow RH advocates, today, August 7th, is the day we have been waiting for. We invite every pro-RH citizen to join us as we demand that our congressional representatives vote to end the debate on the RH Bill and move it to the period of amendments. Together, we will… ah, wait.

Together, we already have.

Congratulations to everyone who contributed to the effort; this victory belongs to all of us. The president and the congresspeople he invited to Malacanang yesterday, and who then trooped to the Batasan Hall and called for a surprise vote to end the debates a day early, said as much. They heard the noise of the people on the streets and online, and the message we were sending them was coming through loud and clear: we are your bosses and after 14 years of delay, you are way past the deadline.

Perhaps I am not being clear enough; they pushed the vote yesterday because they were scared of you. Of you, the majority of the people of this nation that surveys have proved again and again are in favor of the bill, and not of the supposedly mighty Catholic bishops. It was you who made clear how any politician who voted anti-RH could be sure that they would not have your vote come 2013. It was you who were either with us on the streets or helped spread the images and articles that showed the desperate need for reproductive health in this country, and the hypocrisy, intellectual dishonesty and moral bankruptcy of the CBCP and its allies.

Our political leaders have been put in their proper place — as our public servants and our employees by dint of the votes we cast and the taxes we pay. We their constituents have shown them a glimpse of what accountability looks like; now is the time to give them the full show. Let’s keep demanding answers to the simple, important questions: when are you going to have the final vote on this bill, and after 14 years and countless deaths, what is taking you so long? The RH Bill is further along than it has ever been, but it is not yet law. If, however, we all together keep up the pressure as we have these last few weeks and don’t lose sight of the fight, then I am confident that it soon will be.

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Vote for the Filipino Freethinkers at the Globe Tatt Awards!

AHMAGAD GUYZ! The Filipino Freethinkers are nominated for 2 categories in this year’s Globe Tatt Awards!

We’re up for The Advocate and The One

The Advocate is

…a person or a group of individuals who worked to improve the state of a societal cause in the Philippines through social media. This person or group invested time and effort (and sometimes even money) for the betterment of other people’s lives.

The One is

…the most influential trendsetter that shaped opinion, moved people, and ultimately starting fire in Philippine internet. This person is ahead of the pack in terms of online popularity and content.

For both The Advocate and The One, the Freethinkers have spearheaded concrete online and offline actions for social change, and have sparked discussions and broken conventions. Many of our endeavors, such as the incident with Pro-Life Philippines at the Manila Cathedral, the expose at the Faces of the RH Bill forum, the expose at the Defensores Fidei anti-RH lecture, the infamous “Why the RH Bill is Bad” satire piece, the similarly notorious COFAL humor piece, and the discourse re: the recent censorship debacle at the CCP, among others,  show the value we place in the power of social media to further our cause and make people not only think, but act.

The One is the top category of the lot, a.k.a. Best Overall, so it’s an especially awesome honor to be nominated. Moreover, the winner of each category will get a staggering Php100,000. If the Freethinkers bag both categories, that’s Php200,000 that will go to furthering reason, science, and secularism in order to vastly improve every Filipino’s quality of life. That’s a lot of bishop costumes, guys.

Here’s the clincher: 10% of our scores will be coming from YOUR VOTES, which will be collected from August 10 up until August 24. Here’s what we need you to do:

  1. Go to the official Globe Tatt Awards site.
  2. Vote for us in The One category.
  3. Go to The Advocate category and vote for FF.

To vote, you’ll need a Facebook account, and you can help us out there too! 20% of our scores will depend on our online popularity (i.e. number of fans, followers, subscribers, views, mentions, visitors), so liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, etc., and telling your friends to do the same will make a world of difference.

Once again, we implore you, kind reader:


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Essay Writing Contest – Second round of voting

Okay, so last meet-up it was brought to my attention that members did not realize that they had 15 votes to give away for this contest, which would probably explain the low vote count.

So, due to popular demand, voting has been reopened for a second round. Note that the votes made during the first round still count, and you’re still allowed to vote for a particular post just once. (But you can vote for up to 15 posts!)

Fifteen, if you didn’t catch that. 15. Labinlima. Quince. 十五. 열다섯. δεκαπέντε. חמשעסר.

As usual, you can find the list of entries here. The Vote link can be found in the author box at the bottom of each post. The time limit this time is two weeks, to give everyone enough time to read through everything.

On a separate note, what do you think our next contest should be?


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Top 5 votes as of 11 am, Nov 18. 13 hours until voting ends.

Top 5 votes as of 11 am, Nov 18. 25 hours until voting ends.

Tomorrow is the last day of voting and turnout thus far has been quite low. And since we’re eager to get our other contests started, voting with not be extended for this one. If we don’t have enough votes by 24:00 tomorrow, the decision will be left entirely to the judges.

You can find the list of entries here, and you can vote for the entries you like by clicking the Vote link at the bottom.

Remember, prayers don’t win contests, votes do.

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Essay Writing Contest entries

Well I finally got around to finalizing the entries to our very extended Essay Writing Contest, and the judges sure have their work cut out for them. We have 66 entries, listed in alphabetical order below, and while they’re an absolute delight to read through, the sheer volume of them is enough to make me wish I had made this a haiku writing contest.

But just who are these poor judges who have to read through each of them again and vote, you ask? Why, you of course!

That’s right folks, elections have come early and you get to help choose the winner of our first Essay Writing Contest. Here are the mechanics:

  • Each of the articles below will display a “Vote” link at the bottom of the page. Click this link to cast a vote for the post.
  • Registered users can vote for up to 15 articles, but must vote only once for each. Be honest; His Noodliness is watching.
  • You have one week to vote, after which the top articles will be shortlisted for our first FF magazine publication.
  • Editors will then vote for the winning article from the shortlist.

You are free to vote any way you feel, but we recommend the following criteria:

  • Subject and Relevance (35 points) – subject matter must be of interest to readers, and must be relevant to freethought (optional: in the Philippine setting)
  • Organization and Accuracy (25) – work must follow a central idea, and all facts stated must be accurate. i.e. avoid ranting, and cite sources when possible.
  • Style and Soundness of reasoning (25) – work must be written in a manner that makes readers want to read on, and hopefully agree with your sentiment
  • Overall coolness (15) – bonus points for blowing our minds.

Now get voting. There are no lesser evils here.

  1. A Scientific Bible? by pinoyatheist
  2. A Valuable Lesson by Ryan Tani
  3. According to Bacon by pinoyatheist
  4. An atheist learns from a dog by pinoyatheist
  5. Angels and Demons by igme
  6. Ashes to Ashes…dust to dust. by pinoyatheist
  7. Atheistic Spirituality by pinoyatheist
  8. Belief, non-belief, and homosexuality by f241vc15
  9. Book Review : The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by wes
  10. Brainwashing with consent by pinoyatheist
  11. Can you justify by mere faith? by pinoyatheist
  12. Children’s Choice by igme
  13. Chiz’s “pasang awa” project gets failing grade by Ryan Tani
  14. Congressmen Contra-RH Bill by Geri Villas
  15. Cory’s Legacy by wes
  16. Couple’s Choice by igme
  17. Creating “Creations” by pinoyatheist
  18. Devastated by Ondoy? Congrats: You just passed Calculus! by Ryan Tani
  19. Diet for Christians: Less Spam, More Meat by Ryan Tani
  20. Does God Exist? Video Campaign — Refuted by Geri Villas
  21. Elizabeth Cady Stanton by Wella
  22. Faithful Dad, Faithless Dad by Ryan Tani
  23. Falling In Love: The Physics Of Attraction by f241vc15
  24. Fear of Meeting ff Folks by AnnThrop
  25. Forsaken by Sathepine
  26. Free Thinkers Political Watch Out by justinaquino
  27. Freethinkers in the Philippines? by pinoyatheist
  28. Freethought Poetry: Mothers by f241vc15
  29. Ghosts by Tania Arpa
  30. How to Oppose the RH Bill by Geri Villas
  31. I Just Want Him Safe by Sathepine
  32. I Killed My Guardian Angel – Is That OK? by yodz
  33. Is Writing Rationally Irrational? by wes
  34. Jesus and the Fig Tree by pinoyatheist
  35. Judas, the Traitor? by igme
  36. Just Like Rabbits by pinoyatheist
  37. L2MF Post #02: On Courage, Industry, and Honesty by InfoLibertarian
  38. L2MF Post #03: On Church Offerings and Charitable Donations by InfoLibertarian
  39. Letters to My Father, Post #01 by InfoLibertarian
  40. Liars and Friars by Ryan Tani
  41. Of things concerning rock, paper, scissors, and other weapons by f241vc15
  42. On Religion and Tolerance by pinoyatheist
  43. On the Church’s NFP-only stance: The case of Texas by Twin-Skies
  44. Philippine Historians’ Dilemma: What is Philippine Culture? by justinaquino
  45. Review: Spring Awakening by wes
  46. Sacrifice by igme
  47. Sina B1 at B2: A conversation on contraception by Ryan Tani
  48. Societal Health: the More Heathenly, the More Heavenly by Ryan Tani
  49. Sorry guys, I’m reconverting… by f241vc15
  50. Spare the Rod and SAVE the Child by Ryan Tani
  51. Spiritual Enlightenment by Gerard Baula
  52. The Birds and the Bees and the Hymens and the Mens by Ryan Tani
  53. The Boss by innerminds
  54. The Flaws of Science (?) by Harmless
  55. The Problem with Superstitions. by pinoyatheist
  56. The Theocracy Of Ed Panlilio by Geri Villas
  57. Time and Life by innerminds
  58. Towards healthier skepticism: Correlation does not imply causation by f241vc15
  59. Viral Religion by Archer
  60. We need more Catholics like this… by Twin-Skies
  61. What The Faith — The Baldy, the Babes, and the Bears by Ryan Tani
  62. When Death Hangs Above Your Head by pinoyatheist
  63. Why People Worship Money by innerminds
  64. Why volunteer? by Tania Arpa
  65. Will to be Whole by Sathepine
  66. Would You Like A Secular Philippines? by Benj

Note: A few of them might not be essays, but have been included as entries nontheless. If you have submissions that are not listed, please leave a comment and we will update the list.

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