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The Crown Season Four revisits a painful part of Windsor family history.
In Season Four, Episode Seven of The Crown, titled “The Heredity Principle,” creator Peter Morgan delves into a shocking Windsor family secret: the institutionalization and subsequent abandonment of two of the Queen’s first cousins, who, owing to their developmental disabilities, were shamefully hidden from ...
 
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This is how these floating communities adapted to floods.
Successive typhoons have led to destructive flooding in some parts of Luzon, particularly the areas located in watersheds and catch basins like Marikina and Cagayan Valley. In a matter of days, entire cities were turned into islands as roads were transformed into ...
 
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Only science can save us now.
In times of crisis, it’s easy for the voices of those directly affected to be drowned out by the noise of the people on top making the decisions. After Typhoon Ulysses tore through Luzon, the calls for “resilience” have been constant, but ...
 
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The life and death of Project NOAH.
In 2012, the country’s leading scientists set up Project Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazard—Project NOAH. Supported by then president Benigno Aquino III, it was promoted as the Philippines’ primary disaster risk and reduction management program (DRRM), and the flagship project of the ...
 
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The mountain range is 500 kilometers long and strong.
The Sierra Madre has been called the backbone of Luzon for a reason. Aside from the way it stretches along the eastern coast of Luzon like a spine keeping the country upright, it’s true function is to act as nature’s shield against ...
 
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When my son was diagnosed with leukemia in 2016, Biden didn’t have to call. But he did, three times, because he is everything he says he is.
On a brilliant spring afternoon in 2016, I stood in a classroom at a Secret Service training facility in Maryland, where I was to interview Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. This was for a special issue of Popular Mechanics all about fathers and ...
 
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Take his word on it.
The startup industry in the Philippines has steadily built its momentum in recent years. What was once just a few lone startups in the country has evolved into an entire ecosystem that thrives on finding innovative solutions for today. But as more ...
 
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The young student e-mailed the respected attorney. He didn’t expect him to actually reply.
It would be just like Chel Diokno to respond to an aspiring lawyer’s e-mail asking for career advice.Instead of letting the e-mail be buried in what we’re sure is a busy inbox, Diokno penned an inspiring letter to Hans Kasilag, a Grade ...
 
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We can't be in quarantine forever.
Recently, the Philippine government released to the public its “Ingat Angat” initiative that introduced the agenda of normalizing our country in a post-pandemic era. The reception was mixed, with much of the negative reaction expressed on Twitter. Some considered the policy to ...
 
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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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Since Cary Floirendo Lagdameo came on board, the family business has grown 400 percent.
Family businesses don’t always last. Many fall out of the family by the second or third generation as a business isn’t a promise that the kids will be able to keep the engines running when the legacy is passed on.It’s only the ...
 
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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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On Philippine history: Should it be told in context to the nation or to the globe?
History must be learned and read, but how must it be told? This is the challenge of historians and historiography today.Top Story: Mark Twain Had an Idea For a Philippine FlagHistoriography, or the act of writing history, is not just a matter of ...
 
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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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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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It's always the civilians who pay the price.
Seventy-five years ago, the United States of America dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Nagasaki and the memory of the carnage still lives to this day. In an instant, almost 80,000 souls were snuffed out, just a little less ...
 
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A quick guide for the damned.
If you clicked on this story, then you know hell was meant for you. Welcome to the horde of the damned. Maybe you pissed off a priest or ran over a dog. Maybe you bookmarked Pornhub or let your rage out on ...
 
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Scribbled musings as lockdown enters its fifth month.
The notion that after this pandemic, everything will return to normal is an escapist narrative. It feeds our incessant longing to get out, even if we have little avenues to do so. Everywhere we go and everyone we have become intimate with are ...
 
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You have to see the detail that went into this Table of Elements.
Admittedly, the quarantine has put some of us in one heck of a slump—but it has also given us a lot of time to do things we couldn't before (Raise your hands, newbie plantitas and plantitos!). One De La Salle Brother put ...
 
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The empire's cruel human experiments on Filipinos during World War II.
It seems there is no end to human cruelty when there is war. We’re familiar with the stories of rape, murder, death marches, and enslavement. Filipinos were no strangers to this type of suffering during World War II. But little has been ...
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