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Don’t worry, your boss could feel like a fraud too.
Do you ever feel like you’re incompetent at work despite colleagues praising your stellar performance? Or how about feeling that you’re a phony parent, despite what others see? If you’re in school, you might have felt like you don’t deserve the grades ...
 
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The white lady is a familiar story repeated throughout history, and told around the world.
When people talk about ghosts, there is none more popular than the white lady. She has been featured in countless movies (hello, Sadako) and has become a sort of pop culture icon, being referenced in chick flicks such Mean Girls (Lindsay Lohan ...
 
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Quiboloy, self-proclaimed owner of the universe, has six million faithful followers.
Appointed Son of God, Lucifer’s Conqueror, Owner of the Universe. These are just some of the self-proclaimed titles Apollo Quiboloy goes by. His penchant for superlatives is equally matched by the faith of his followers, who believe that Quiboloy is the fulfilment ...
 
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Raise a glass for the men of the hour.
Esquire Philippines has the honor of celebrating outstanding Filipinos shaping culture as we know it. These are men and women who are truly in a class of their own—businessmen, public servants, artists, and athletes who raise the bar with every exceptional pursuit.In ...
 
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The generala was a veteran of three wars.
Unlike the traditional culture that we have grown accustomed to thanks to centuries of feudal indoctrination, Western Visayan culture places high regard on the role of women. Visayan folk literature puts women on equal footing with men in its creation myths and ...
 
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'The pain never goes away... but there's alway something else after.'
Being a husband, father, or even a boyfriend is a confusing yet fulfilling role. The Husband Handbook, a collection of stories about the intricacies of relationships, is here to sort things out. This is the manual on how to have a happy ...
 
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After being beheaded, Saint Denis picked up his head and walked away while preaching.
Famed saints of the Catholic Church are venerated for their various roles in spreading the faith, including their works of miracles. One particular type of miracle might cause the faithful to scream in terror if it were to occur today. Cephalophoric saints ...
 
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'I just bought rice, and here I am being thanked like I moved mountains.'
The Philippines is one of the last countries in Asia that has yet to fulfill any meaningful agrarian reform, ultimately failing to unshackle farmers from their bondage to the soil. Farmers are even forced to sell crops to traders at measly prices, ...
 
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What’s in a name?
Metro Manila is home to 16 cities and over 13 million people. It’s the fifth most populous urban area in the world, and currently the center of the country’s culture, politics, and economy. But before it became a sprawling metropolis, Metro Manila ...
 
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What would you do if you were in one of these true horror stories in the office?
Whether you believe in ghosts or not, accounts of unexplainable things happening in the office occur more commonly than you would expect. The following short horror stories in the office were told by employees based on their personal experience.I work in human resources in ...
 
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Philippine superstitions and folklore were the perfect weapons against rebels.
It’s no secret that the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America will go to great lengths to defeat its enemies—whether at home or abroad. At the height of the Cold War in the ‘50s, they were responsible for overthrowing the government ...
 
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Whatever you do, don’t look over your shoulder.
Failed thesis defense and final exams aren’t the worst university ghost stories out there. Some are even more horrifying, sans professors and deadlines. The following stories are sure to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.Read on if you ...
 
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And the unsung revolutionists: The Sakdalistas.
Some four months ago, the film Quezon’s Game was released to general acclaim. The film depicted the personal efforts of Manuel Quezon to rescue as many as 10,000 Jews from what would eventually become the Holocaust. Well received for its portrayal of an obscure topic in ...
 
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He went from Communist to beloved mayor of Calamba.
From myths and absurd rumors to relationships, we here at Esquire have just about explored every detail about Jose Rizal's life. He is, after all, the country's national hero. But if there's one thing that we haven't discussed a lot, it's his relatives.The Filipino "Today I ...
 
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Eman Lacaba gave everything in all his endeavors, whether in writing or struggle with the people.
Ho Chi Minh once said that we should “make poems including iron and steel, that a poet must also learn how to lead an attack.”None exemplified the image of a warrior-poet more than Eman Lacaba. He was a lot of things to ...
 
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The man from Albay chose to give up a comfortable life to fight for the country.
What drives a man to do heroic deeds? In the early years of the 20th century, the Philippines was host to an entire nation of heroes: farmers, workers, young men, and professionals, all of whom took up arms to fight for an ...
 
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When he returned to his hometown, he was met with a standing ovation.
Jacob Smith “is a small man, rather slim, and is very bald. He is a neat dresser and in his citizens clothes did not look like the fierce soldier who had carried terror to the hearts of the most savage tribes in ...
 
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His life and faith is a reminder of the hold of religion in the Philippines.
In 1636 Manila, a man was accused of committing murder most foul. Normally, the courts arranged for justice to be served after due process, but the situation was slightly different. The victim was a Spaniard, and the accused?It was Lorenzo Ruiz.The news ...
 
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The revolutionary hero had a will of pure iron.
It is generally considered common knowledge that Emilio Aguinaldo was the first President of the Philippines, although there is some heated debate on whether or not to consider the Supremo of the Katipunan, Andres Bonifacio, as President, as well. Another significant debate also ...
 
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Thus ends the Tiger of Malaya’s last campaign: broken, defeated, and surrendering to the very man he once defeated to gain his name.
On September 3, 1945, General Tomoyuki Yamashita formally surrendered, along with his less than 50,000-strong command to American Generals Arthur Percival and Jonathan Wainwright in Camp John Hay, Baguio City. The war had formally ended just weeks before on August 15, when ...
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