Huwag Tumambay, Nakamamatay

Your regular kanto istambay;

Pier porters and stevedores arrested under Duterte anti-tambay policy

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May nag-message sa akin, paliwanag ko raw mabuti yung post ko tungkol sa TAMBAYS at espasyo. Kaya heto na, medyo mahaba at magulo kasi triggered lang ako.

Una, walang mali sa pagiging tambay. Nagiging mali lang ito kapag nilikha at ikinahon na ito sa diskurso ng pagiging informal, pagiging lasenggo, pagiging magulo, maingay at paging banta sa seguridad at kaayusan ng isang komunidad.

Pangalawa, bakit ang tambay ay natatagpuan at hinuhuli lamang sa mga informal na lunan, sa mahihirap na lugar? Bakit hindi hinuhuli kapag nag ‘hang out’ sa labas ng mga bars sa BGC, o yung mga ‘nag-chill’ sa golf courses? hindi ba parehong prinsipyo lang ang nasa likod noon?

Kapag tambay kasi, hindi nagtatrabaho, tapos may gana pang uminom o mag basketball? Ito ay para sa estado hindi pasok sa mga katanggap tanggap na katangian ng isang miyembro ng lipunan. Pero ang pagiging tambay ay may malalim na kahulugan, simptomas ito ng mga mali sa lipunan, problema ng access sa edukasyon, problema ng kahirapan, problema ng mga polisiyang likha ng mga nag-chill sa golf courses.

Pero ang pagtambay ay pag-aangkin sa espasyo, kahit panandalian lamang. Kaya ayaw ito ng estado, dahil kahit sandali lang, nagkakaroon ng kapangyarihan ang mga tao na sina walang bahala nila.

Ang polisiya na paghuli sa mga tambay ay pagtatatak ng mga tao na “WALA SA KANILANG TAMANG LUGAR” at dahil wala sila sa “tamang” lugar, sila ay hindi karapat dapat para sa proteksyon ng pulis at kung ano pang serbisyo at benepisyong nararapat sa ‘mabuting’ mamamayan.

Panghuli, ang pagdakip sa mga tambay ay hindi tungkol sa pagsugpo sa krimen, ito ay tungkol sa PAGLALAGAY sa mga tao sa kanilang tamang lugar. Ito ay paglilimita sa espasyo na dapat malaya nila/nating nagagalawan. Ito ay paraan ng estado para bawiin muli ang espasyo sa mga naisangtabi, sa mahihirap. Ito ay paraan ng kontrol at pagpaparamdam ng kapangyarihan.

**sinulat ko muna ito sa Ingles, pero parang hindi bagay dahil nawawala ng ung esensiya ng salitang tambay, kung nais ng English version, paki message na lang ako*

A Call for Hands! Placemaking in Quezon City

We’re building a home, and we’d love to have you as a part of the family to get the ball rolling!

The Talisay Community Space, now simply called UrbanisMO, was born out of a sketch  for dreaming and scheming in the kitchen of friends. We originally visualized a whole home in Quezon City complete with spaces to meet and learn; a kitchen to organize soup kitchens and start a healthy carinderia; a garage to do bike workshops and repairs; an edible garden; and even a shower for anyone who would need it.

Since then we have opted to be more realistic and established our first home in a two-bedroom apartment tucked away in an alley full of loving neighbors. It’s a big-enough space to sustain all the heart work we’ve planned to do.

Our first call for interest—through an online questionnaire–showed us that most of what we originally dreamed of doing was the same thing many people also need in Metro Manila. A garden to grow, a teaching kitchen to be healthy, a garage to let our creativity with wood or metal soar, and most especially a space to meet and share our own skills to people who want to learn.


We’ve started this month with murals led by AG Saño and other artists, as well as an exploratory welding workshop to build ourselves a meeting table. We’re now looking for more people who would like to happily DIY this space with us before we officially open the space up. Ultimately, what we’re dreaming of is a space for conversations and opportunities for communities to share their skills and learn from each other.

Our target opening date would be mid-May 2018 but before then, we’ll have to:

1. DIY our sockets and smart lighting with Kuya Luis and Eugene, our volunteer Electrical Engineer and Green Architect
2. Weld tables, stools, and shelf brackets with Kuya Kayong and Eric
3. Paint up a storm with the help of Ivy, our volunteer Interior Designer
4. DIY Kitchen exhaust construction with Olan, our volunteer Electronic Engineer
5. Build garden beds and chicken coops because why not?

The UrbanisMO community space is at 4 Talisay Alley, Barangay Amihan, Project 3, Quezon City. It’s an easy 10-minute walk from Katipunan LRT or a Project 2-3 jeep ride from EDSA, Quiapo, or Quezon Ave. Our little alley cannot be found in Google Maps but the easiest way to get there is to look for that nub of a street near the Sampaloc Heritage Tree.


If you feel you would like to learn things such as wiring your own home for lights and electricity, constructing furniture, starting a garden, welding, and general DIY give us a holler by sending us a DM via Instagram @urbanismoph or Facebook. See you soon!

UrbanisMO: Escolta!

A lot of things are simmering away in the UrbanisMO kitchen and we can’t wait to serve them up piping hot in the coming weeks, as soon as they get ready.

Join us this Saturday, April 28, at the second UrbanisMO forum–this time, at the historic Escolta district in Manila. Usaping informality, gentrification, transportation, at heritage urbanism sa Maynila, atbp kasama nina Marco Antonio Luisito Villanueva Sardillo III, Chester Arcilla, James Nicolas Cruz, Patricia Mariano, at Via Ramos. Usual UrbanisMO suspects Abbey Pangilinan, Ica Fernandez, Miguel Dorotan, and Rob Siy will be around to co-facilitate and stir up the usual happy trouble. Hosted by Clara Buenconsejo and the amazing folks at The HUB: Make Lab!

UrbanisMO Escolta Poster

A few reminders for Saturday:

1. We have limited seats available. To be exact, we can only offer a maximum of 30 seats plus a free-seating banig area. Please arrive on time to make sure you get a seat.

2. Please bring your own water bottle. While we’ll make water (and ice!) available at the venue, we won’t be providing disposable cups to minimize waste.

3. Google Maps link:
Fred’s is in the same building as The HUB.

Commuting instructions (dahil mas madali po mag commute pa-Escolta kesa mag Grab):

Via LRT-1:
Get down at Carriedo Station and walk towards BPI. (You can see it from the station.)
BPI is at the corner of Escolta, turn towards Escolta and walk across the short bridge.
First United Building is at the corner of the short bridge, the building with EastWest Bank.

Via LRT-2 + Jeep:
Get down at LRT-2 Recto Station.
From the station, walk to the corner of Avenida and Recto (approximately one block away).
Ride a jeep to Sta. Cruz Church. Get down at BPI, then turn right to Escolta.
Walk across the short bridge to First United Building (building with EastWest Bank at the corner).

Via Jeep:
Any jeep that passes by Sta. Cruz Church will pass by Escolta.

See you there!


UrbanisMO at Artkitektura: FILMS AND CITIES

UrbanisMO is part of a larger event organized by Artkitektura, the British Council, and the British Embassy entitled FILMS AND CITIES, featuring the Philippine premiere of A STORY OF DREAMS, a film about Curitiba mayor and urban planner Jaime Lerner. Talks will also be given by filmmaker Tia Kansara and architecture pioneer Rod Hackney.
Since all Eventbrite free passes for UrbanisMO sold out within the first day (thanks, guys!), day passes to FILMS AND CITIES are available through Ticketworld.
You can buy online any time between now and on the day of the event.
There are two ticket options:
– All Access Pass (regular) P400 plus minimal Ticketworld fees – available online and over-the-counter at any Ticketworld outlet
– All Access Pass (student) P150 plus minimal Ticketworld fees – available over-the-counter only, must present valid student ID
Tickets will also be available on site at Ateneo Law Theatre on the morning of February 24.
See you next week!

UrbanisMO: Ano ang plano mo?

Update on 13 Feb 2018, 10pm : Signup for free tickets to UrbanisMO through Eventbrite is now closed. 195 slots gone in less than 10 hours!

However, fear not. UrbanisMO is only part of a larger event organized by Artkitektura, the British Council, and the British Embassy entitled FILMS AND CITIES, featuring the Philippine premiere of A STORY OF DREAMS, a film about Curitiba mayor and urban planner Jaime Lerner. Talks will also be given by filmmaker Tia Kansara and Architecture pioneer Rod Hackney.
These will be held from 10:00-12nn at the Ateneo Law Theatre in Rockwell, Makati, followed by the UrbanisMO forum from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
A day ticket (PHP 400 for regular admission, PHP 150 for students) will allow you to watch the movie, listen to talks, and join UrbanisMO.
For more information, please go to

Comrades, please sign up for UrbanisMO through this Eventbrite link. It’s absolutely free kaya paunahan itech. 🙂  See you all next week!


Reading between the lines on traffic member R.A. Siy writes the Passenger column for VISOR, an online magazine about transport, motoring, technology,  and culture. Here is a snippet from his recent piece about the history of traffic engineering:

Back in 2013, the Copenhagenize Design Company posted an image that, I feel, speaks a lot to how we got into the traffic hell we’re in. I’ve been using it in my presentations for a while, but since some friends recently asked me to explain it to them, this piece is dedicated to this picture:

“So, what do the lines mean, Rob?”

Each of the lines symbolizes the shapes taken by different modes of travel throughout history. For a long time, we designed cities so that pedestrians, cyclists and transit could get to where they were going in a straight line, or a small number of straight lines. This makes mathematical sense: The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, and so when people want to travel, they travel in straight lines (hold on to that thought because it’s key to understanding the rest of the graphic). To understand this type of planning a little bit better, pay attention to the design of old Manila, or districts that are of similar age or older in other cities. It has small blocks laid out in a fine-grained grid of streets, so that pedestrians can easily find their way around by walking in just two straight lines.

What changed? Read the full story on


UrbanisMO: Ano ang Plano mo?

Urban planning speaks of ensuring the “highest and best use” of land. Experts variably describe this through a number of buzzwords: “green”, “smart”, “resilient”, “just”, “equitable”. But who defines and decides on these uses? Highest and best use–for whom?

But what do YOU want for YOUR city? What can you do about it?

UrbanisMO invites development practitioners, urban planners, data scientists, and interested citizens of all ages to discuss four crucial issues that can make or break Philippine cities: a) Transportation; b) Housing and urban poverty; c) Disaster risk reduction and management, and d) Addressing urban conflict.

By focusing on alternative scenarios, visions, and paths of engagement, the forum encourages interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration towards useful solutions to the Philippines’ urban problems, at human scale.

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