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The lights of the fireflies could soon be snuffed out. 
In local folklore, trees that are visited by fireflies or alitaptap are said to be the dwelling place of engkantos. People believed fireflies are servants or pets of these otherworldly beings. In Bicol, the elderly still pass this folklore to younger generations. ...
 
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What is the original meaning of ‘hampaslupa’?
Words tend to lose their original and more poignant meaning and imagery with frequency of use, but looking back at the origins of words is an endeavor worth pursuing, especially if we want to see how the true meaning of these words ...
 
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The late Senator Eva Kalaw was a Plaza Miranda Survivor. 
Eva Kalaw was a force of nature when she was still alive. After surviving the Plaza Miranda bombings, she went on to survive the worst of what the Marcos regime could throw at her: political persecution, being jailed twice, and then the ...
 
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One scandal would’ve been enough.
Because my mind is in the past (the mid-eighties) and in the gutter (the porn biz) for reasons that will become clear, I've spent a lot of time thinking about the September 1984 issue of Penthouse. How to convey the magnitude of the ...
 
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We're only a few weeks in. We can't keep doing this.
Are you muted?"The first thing my five-year-old learned in kindergarten, set up at a tiny desk in the corner of our dining room, is to always stay muted. It's probably the wrong thing to teach a child, but not everyone remembers, and ...
 
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Are we ready for this discovery?
On September 14, the search for alien life made a groundbreaking discovery: Microbes could be floating in the clouds of Venus and producing a toxic substance known to exist only on Earth. Scientists detected the presence of phosphine in Venus’ atmosphere. On ...
 
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Nieves Fernandez was the only female guerrilla commander in WWII.
Nieves Fernandez was a school teacher in Tacloban. Her life was upturned when the Japanese invaded the Philippines in 1941. Her students call her “Miss Fernandez,” and she was very protective of them. Her fierce motherly instincts reared to the fore when ...
 
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There are plans in motion for a modernist redesign.
Paco Market, one of the oldest market structures in the Philippines, is in the spotlight once again. From a renovation in 2011, the century-old market has become a victim of façadism, according to the Center for Filipino Architecture (CFA).Façadism is an architectural ...
 
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A kilo of the tree’s agarwood is worth P750,000. 
There is a gold rush happening in the jungles of the Philippines. The treasure is one of the rarest trees in the world: lapnisan or agarwood. It is also the world’s most expensive tree. A kilo of agarwood fetches as much as ...
 
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He admitted to choking Jennifer Laude in a testimony.
Following President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to grant an "absolute pardon" to Joseph Pemberton, the murder of Jennifer Laude has once again gained national attention. The focus is on Pemberton as his deportation is finalized after serving just half his sentence for homicide.According to Duterte, ...
 
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It was kept hidden for 75 years.
When the Tiburcio-Jaralve family was sorting old items in their house, they discovered a very old piece of paper stashed along with family photographs from the 1940s. When they unfolded the paper, which was a faded piece from a yellow pad, they were ...
 
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Physical greatness alone will never again suffice to anoint a hero.
Let’s reminisce, shall we? On marveling at His Airness in ’89. How it felt to witness him catch the rock in Cleveland’s Richfield Coliseum, and with three ticks left, pound a pair of off-hand dribbles, rise, and hang lifetimes at the foul ...
 
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A student shares his experience as a Grade 12 enrollee. 
Ryle is a grade 12 student in a private school in Pampanga. Every day, he wakes up early to attend his online classes, which start from 7:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. “It’s really difficult,” Ryle (not his real name) tells Esquire ...
 
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The show must go on.
These divas deliver.Drag queens don their colorful wigs, elaborate makeup, and knee-high stiletto boots, but instead of stepping on a stage, they're putting on a face covering, grabbing a takeout bag, and bringing their musical numbers to fans' doorsteps in San Francisco.The ...
 
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The Fruitjuice Factory Studio forms knots of memory that helps its makers remember.
It took a while for me to embark on writing these words. Perhaps what it was that slowed me down was the nostalgia. I got lost in it. Both in the marring memories that signified what I had lost and let go ...
 
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Lola Loring was a dauntless saboteur during World War II.
Loring May Ebersole, later known as Florence Finch, was just like a typical grandmother who busied herself with things most typical grandmothers would do. She doted on grandkids, cooked wonderful meals, and watched old soap operas. But when Loring died at the age ...
 
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From beautiful waterfalls to controversial sites of mass migration.
Years ago, our forefathers gathered around a map and declared that these hand-drawn lines would be the borders that would define the world. Some lines cut across the land in a clean line, while others were drawn over bodies of water. Some ...
 
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Only two Filipinos ever made that feat.
Law school is known for having an arduous curriculum because of the nature of the profession. Before you even get to attend law school, you'll also need to have a degree in any pre-law course that's worth four or so years of ...
 
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Everybody needs a drink.
There are few opportunities when you’re allowed to get intoxicated while at work. This time around, it was because we were attending another whisky blending masterclass where we tasted, tested, and drank eight types of whiskies, one of which was our very ...
 
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The 22 times Filipinos had their names written in the stars.
It’s one thing to be known around the world. It’s another thing entirely to be known throughout the universe. Literally. There are currently 22 objects up in space bearing names of Filipino gods, heroes, writers, and towns.Top Story: 10 Celebrities With Surprising Degrees and ...
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