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A travel writer describes an illuminating trip through the South Korean capital with a close friend.
This essay is lifted from the book “How to Ride a Train to Ulaanbaatar and Other Essays” by Josephine V. Roque. We are reprinting here with her permission. What I knew of friendships, I learned from my dead mother who made time to ...
 
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Boxers should be aware of the risks, not just the potential glory, each time they step into the ring.
Boxing is a national obsession in the Philippines. Next to basketball, it’s undoubtedly the country’s most popular sport. Our most celebrated sportsman is so famous he was elected to the Senate and may possibly even make a run for the presidency. Of ...
 
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Nostalgia is a powerful drug.
We’re drowning in memes, but surely you must have seen those featuring hipsters. There’s one with his arms folded and a look of derision on his face. “I prefer their old stuff,” he says, implying the conversation is about the cool band or ...
 
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Who really owns Liwagao Island?
Liwagao Island is a tiny island sandwiched between the bigger islands of Mindoro and Panay. Measuring about 1.14 square kilometers, it lies 19 kilometers southeast of Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro and about 15 kilometers northwest of the town of Caluya in Antique Province. For ...
 
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The national hero’s activities in Dapitan prove that he was the quintessential Renaissance man.
When Jose Rizal was shipped off to Dapitan—a sleepy town at the northernmost tip of the Zamboanga Peninsula—he had lived in Madrid, Paris, and London; taken a train across the United States; made acquaintances with European intellectuals; and written two novels that ...
 
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A transwoman speaks her truth.
As told to Paul John CañaMy name is Jules Veloso. I’m 34 years old. I am the managing director of influencer marketing agency In Circle, and my role is laser-focused on driving the company’s growth and strategic direction by inspiring synergistic relationship ...
 
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Kevin Reyes is proof that big dreams can come true.
Admit it. You’re not the only one spending all those hours on Nike By You, mixing and matching color and material choices on sneakers you’ll never end up ordering anyway. You’re not alone. Designing sneakers for a living is probably one of the ...
 
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Is it a cult? Or simply a misunderstood “brotherhood?”
When Ruben Ecleo Jr. died while under the custody of the Bureau of Corrections earlier this month, it was significant in more ways than one. Ecleo was a former representative of the Dinagat Islands and a former mayor of the municipality of ...
 
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The history of Nayong Pilipino stretches back over half a century.
Schoolkids of a certain age will remember field trips to Nayong Pilipino: a jaunt through some of the most beautiful regions of the Philippines all in the span of one day. There were scale models of the Banaue Rice Terraces in the ...
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