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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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He is now CEO of one of the most successful ad agencies in the Philippines.
"I was practically raised by prisoners," confesses Third Domingo, CEO and founder of IXM, a leading advertising agency in the country and a member of Hakuhodo, Japan's second largest marketing company and fourth largest in the world. "The prisoners were the ones ...
 
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Apollo 11's third astronaut orbited the moon, all alone, while his colleagues walked on it.
On July 20, 1969, at 1:46 p.m., Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin separated the Eagle landing craft from the Apollo 11 command module. Michael Collins stayed behind, firing the rockets, moving about two miles away from his colleagues—and 250,000 miles from humanity on ...
 
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The 30-year-old mayor toppled a political stranglehold that existed his entire life, but will he be able to break the wheel.
We met at the clubhouse. The space was sparse, hardly what you would call a politician’s office. There was no gaudy table in the middle of the room, no gaudy nameplate advertising the holder’s name, no via crucis of portraits and handshakes adorning ...
 
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The backstories behind Datu Puti, Ginebra San Miguel, and Jollibee.
Datu Puti is one of the most popular brands in the Philippines, easily associated not with an actual ancient ruler, but with vinegar and other kinds of condiments. But why was the vinegar brand named Datu Puti? Was there really a person ...
 
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The Chinese sided with the British when the latter invaded Manila in 1762.
In 1762, the British invaded Manila. They had help from a traditional enemy: the Chinese.Relations between Spaniards and the Chinese had been fraught for centuries, and a British invasion of Manila was the perfect excuse for the Chinese to help erode Spain’s ...
 
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The "Last Island" of the Philippines is a dangerous and treacherous place that bears immense strategic, military, and political significance.
In the northernmost tip of the Philippines, the last island of the Philippines stands like a lonely sentinel protruding above rough seas. At a glance, Mavulis looks Jurassic. Century plants, which are prehistoric vegetation, abound in the rocky island while flocks of ...
 
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Why do older people fall for fake news? A study shines a light on the reasons.
Recently, a Facebook post showing alleged pictures of the Philippine subway project went viral, garnering tens of thousands of reactions and shares. It had six photos supposedly showing the project in the Philippines. One of the photos showed President Rodrigo Duterte standing ...
 
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From being a serial killer to resurrecting as a chicken, these are the most absurd Jose Rizal myths bandied about by Filipinos.
Jose Rizal wore many hats. He was a bibliophile, an intellectual, a novelist, and a nationalist. But there are certain personas he most definitely was not: a serial killer, the Redeemer, the Savior of the World, and immortal. The national hero may ...
 
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For the residents of Lupang Ramos in Dasmariñas, Cavite, 372 hectares of agricultural land hold 30 years of struggle for agrarian reform.
The side road leading off Governor’s Drive in Dasmariñas, Cavite is lined with streamers with messages such as “Tunay na Reporma sa Lupa, Ipaglaban” and “Activism is not Terrorism.” At its entrance is a makeshift barrier made out of bamboo, some rope, ...
 
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Continuing the principled politics of his grandfather and father, Erin Tañada makes a case for updating endo laws, encouraging the return to agriculture, and learning from the youth, who, he says, are the catalysts for shaping politics.
Lorenzo “Erin” Tañada III, though from a family of politicians, hardly fits the stereotype. During our Esquire interview at his childhood home, the only people around are his wife, Ria, his parents, his son, and a nephew. No other staffers or assistants.This ...
 
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At this year’s Art Fair, the artist is going back to her roots
The first time I met Olivia d’Aboville, we were standing beside a man with a painted face who was being buried in the ground up to his neck. It was at Mount Malasimbo and the man was a performance artist who called ...
 
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The legendary actor-director on women, money, discipline, and playing the villain.
EDDIE GARCIA89, actor and filmmakerI started in 1949, after I got discharged from the Philippine Scouts in the U.S. Army. I was stationed in Okinawa for three years, as [part of the] occupational troops. In 1949, the Philippine Scouts were disbanded by President Quirino. ...
 
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As the head of Called to Rescue Philippines, media man and motivational speaker Anthony Pangilinan makes the right calls and builds bridges in an effort to fight back against human trafficking in the heart of one of its hotbeds.
If there's anything we've learned from the past three-or-so years and how they've forced us to reckon with the effects of social media, it's that the world is a sick place. Now that humans are more connected to each other than ever before, we're ...
 
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Thorn of presidents and street-smart parliamentarian, Joker Arroyo looks back at a career as a human rights lawyer turned accidental politician.
Joker Arroyo professes no interest in penning his autobiography. Memoirs, to him, are just an attempt to revise history. His colleagues in politics may disagree, but then, Joker Arroyo would have little interest in reading what their memoirs might have to say ...
 
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Revisit Patricia Evangelista's "The Darkness of Fear" from Esquire's May 2012 issue.
On December 20, 2011, five years after University of the Philippines students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño were abducted from Hagonoy, Bulacan, the Bulacan courts released a warrant for the arrest of retired Major General Jovito Palparan Jr. The former party list ...
 
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The story of Pete Lacaba's "Prometheus Unbound", a poem in which the first letters of each line, when read downwards, spelled out a secret message for the resistance movement against the dictator.
One version of this story has us begin in 1973, a year after Proclamation 1081 was announced, placing the entire country under martial law, to the relief of citizens desperate for discipline. Crime was on the wane; peace was prime. Manila mornings ...
 
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As long as you know the right hashtags, child pornography is just a few clicks or taps away on Twitter. Here, evil does not even bother to hide. It’s not just a dark corner of the web anymore—the Philippines’ child sexual exploitation crisis is right at your doorstep.
Social media brings the world to your doorstep. This is an age of easy access to everything, and unfortunately, this also means that society’s monsters are in closer proximity to normal life than ever.Weeks ago, a Filipino Redditor posted about an extremely alarming ...
 
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Khavn De La Cruz’s film is based on the real life history of Samar at the turn of the century.
Award-winning indie filmmaker Khavn De La Cruz is no stranger to counter-culture and controversy. Some of his previous films, including Mondomanila and Squatterpunk, show a side of the Philippines  and Filipino culture that mainstream cinema rarely shows. His latest film, Balangiga: Howling ...
 
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The star of Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral on becoming the complex historical figure.
We may never fully know all the ways in which Jerrold Tarog’s Heneral Luna affected the Philippines after it hit cinemas in 2015, but we know enough to say it was a revolution. We know that it raked in at least P256 ...
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