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Filipinos know struggle.
Filipinos know struggle. They know the conflict, war, violence, and suffering. They know what it’s like to be colonized, ostracized, and discriminated. So it should come as no surprise that when other nations cast out their unwanted citizens, Filipinos opened their arms ...
 
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One remedy has instructions for people bitten by rabid dogs.
The UST Heritage Library is a depository of 30,000 ancient books dating back from the 15th to the 19th century. When we visited its holdings in May 2019, there was one book that caught our attention because of its peculiar contents: Ang Mahusay ...
 
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It's a textbook example of how to handle pandemics.
Smallpox today is an obscure disease, but one which has a terrifying reputation that wiped out entire civilizations. In the 16th century, the Spaniards purposely introduced smallpox to the Americas to wipe out the native populations. The disease destroyed the might Aztec, ...
 
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From New York to Los Angeles to Chicago, these Filipinos share what they see, feel, and know about America's fight against injustice.
It's been nine days since George Floyd, a black American, was killed by Derik Chauvin, a white policeman, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the process of making an arrest, Chauvin pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, which ultimately lead to the 46-year-old father's death.This was the final ...
 
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Sta. Ana Cabaret was the world's largest dance hall.
Tales of Manila’s opulence and genteel charm as the Paris of Asia is not complete without mentioning the Sta. Ana Cabaret of Santos Street. It was so popular that it made the pages of Life magazine, once a big-time American publication. Meaning, ...
 
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The city, the park, and its colonial past.
Temperatures are steadily rising all around the country (with Mindoro Occidental reaching as high as 50 degrees) and sadly, because of the quarantine, we are left to roast inside our houses. In times like these, don’t we all wish we were in ...
 
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All hail the one-day emperor of the Philippines.
There’s no doubt that the first seeds of Philippine consciousness were only actualized in 1872, the same year as the mutiny in Cavite and the execution of Gomburza. It’s the cornerstone of our past, but in this episode of the lost footnotes ...
 
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Now that's a strange footnote in the Bible.
Sunday school isn’t particularly fun, but one footnote in the Bible is sure to pick up your attention: the Holy Prepuce or Foreskin of Jesus Christ. That’s right. Jesus’ penis is worthy of a Bible mention.Now before you shout blasphemy, we’re only stating the facts. ...
 
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Ouch.
Holy Week is hardly the time for celebrations and fiestas. How can you be jubilant while commemorating the death and rebirth of Jesus Christ? Some regions commemorate the week by joining in flagellations and crucifixions. It’s a solemn affair for sure, but ...
 
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Well that’s one way to celebrate the religious occasion.
Holy Week is often commemorated with solemn masses at even gloomier churches, but not in the Mystic Island, otherwise known as Siquijor. On what’s been dubbed the “Island of Witches,” another festival coincides with Holy Week—something that would shock the devout Catholics ...
 
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When bad things happen to people in the limelight, the public reels in shock. We list 10 unfortunate events that involved Pinoy celebrities.
When bad things happen to celebrities, the whole world reels in shock. We often ask, "How could that happen to them?" as if their stint in the limelight ensures that they’re out of harm’s way. We take stock of 10 shocking crimes that happened ...
 
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An essay by a Filipino living in Italy, where COVID-19 has killed over 2,000 patients and placed the entire country under lockdown.
As I write these words, the sky outside the window is overcast. It looks bitter and hard like concrete. The empty, quiet roads, the closed shutters, and drawn curtains of houses all exude an air of defeat. Even the birds are unusually ...
 
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Meet the entire cast and the characters they will portray, plus see official movie stills here.
We’re a few weeks away from the local release of Crazy Rich Asians on August 22. For anyone who’s read the trilogy and is eagerly awaiting to see how Asians will be represented in the film, this last stretch is the toughest.To ...
 
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Our annual list of exceptional Filipino high school graduates on their way to a world-class education.
Meet some of the most hardworking young minds from the graduating class of 2018. Filled with gratitude, moved by passion, and armed with exceptional skills, these students are ready to face bigger challenges with the intent to make the world—and especially the ...
 
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Pedro I and Inês de Castro were the real-life Romeo and Juliet.
The epic love story of Peter I of Portugal and Ines de Castro is one that’s characterized by passion, intrigue, mystery, jealousy, and murder. It’s spawned several legends and has even become a source of inspiration for poets and artists alike. There’s ...
 
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In whatever field she has entered, entrepreneur Karen Santos is driven by her passions.
Every so often, the universe sends Karen Santos a sign, and everything else just seems to fall into place. Best known these days for Kassa, her brand that sells fine linens and table accessories, Karen now also offers fine furniture—everything from Louis ...
 
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Town & Country travels to Cebu to spend time with the Harvard-educated university chancellor.
This is the story of a wisp of a girl who lives in a house on a hill with two dogs and 15 horses.Her name is Candice Gotianuy.At Candice’s house, the unassuming gates open up to a sweeping driveway leading to the ...
 
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From the royal crown jewels to priceless art, here are eight of the most intriguing heists in history.
History is full of thieves. People do crazy things for money and sometimes, crazy people do extraordinary things to get it. In many cases, their exploits become some of the most fascinating stories told—inspiring songs, books, and movies that captivate us. While ...
 
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Was he really poor and uneducated?
The year was 1863 and it was a time of upheaval: The Spanish had lost their status as the global superpower, their influence further chipped away by global free trade and open markets advanced by the British in Asia, while Manila saw ...
 
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We take you back to a day spent with the legendary Filipino fashion designer after he was honored with the National Artist award.
His atelier was his home. Where sideboards and tables were lined with frame after frame of first ladies, heads of state, royalty, beauty queens, and society icons wearing his creations. "The memoir of a painted Angel"Where his collection of handmade piña fabric—his ...
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