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Just follow the hashtags.
Tris* is 18, F, from Pasay City. She used to have a private account on Twitter where she posted photos of herself for some of her closest friends who followed her. But on the first day of the new year, she created ...
 
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Fort Drum was napalmed in 1945. It has been abandoned since.
For over a hundred years, a lonely ghost stands as sentinel in Manila Bay, guarding against enemies long vanquished. The ghostly island was once known as El Fraile (The Friar), until it was leveled, reshaped, and named Fort Drum by the Americans after the ...
 
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Carlo Katigbak became ABS-CBN's president and CEO in 2016.
On May 5, 2020, ABS-CBN, the Philippines' largest broadcasting company, shut down. It was forced to sign off the airwaves after the Duterte government refused to renew its license and ordered its shutdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The shutdown cast uncertainty on ...
 
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Puwera usog is actually a counter-charm to an accidental hex.
Puwera usog, tabi tabi po, and tao po are common phrases in the Philippines, each tied to a history of supernatural beliefs. The phrases are hundreds of years old, with "tao po" predating the Spanish colonization of the Philippines. For centuries, Filipinos have ...
 
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Quiapo's gayuma vendors are highly secretive and protective of their livelihood.
Outside the hallowed walls of Quiapo Church in Manila, vendors peddle an assortment of goods: stolen cellphones, cigarettes, plastic toys, and gayuma—the Filipino term for love potions and spells meant to capture someone’s affection. Depending on who you approach and what you’re after, ...
 
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Lester Pimentel Ong shares the story of how he built an empire, and his life outside the office.
Lester Pimentel Ong is a filmmaker, businessman, and martial artist. At a time when the world gave up on his professions, he found a way to make himself relevant. Currently, he heads the restaurant empire Binondo Food Group.At the start of his career ...
 
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But the most destructive volcanic eruptions in the Philippines could come from those that have no record of eruptions.
Situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Philippines is no stranger to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. In fact, there are at least five deities in Philippine mythology that were said to cause earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, meaning our ancestors had dealt ...
 
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Did you also fall for one of these predictions?
Mars will collide with Jupiter. Pluto will explode. Earth will be engulfed in darkness and only candles blessed by a priest will light up.These are some of the weird end-of-the-world prophecies Filipinos believed during the ’90s—a strange era when people were gullible ...
 
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The next world war would hypothetically be fought in land, sea, air, space, and on cyberspace.
In 1947, Albert Einstein gave a chilling forecast of what the next world wars would be like. “I know not with what weapons World War 3 will be fought, but World War 4 will be fought with sticks and stones.”Einstein’s statement was ...
 
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Filipino culture is best defined by these Filipino proverbs.
Our culture is replete with all kinds of beliefs and traditions, some of which are superstitions that have no scientific explanation, while others are proverbs which contain important life lessons. Filipino proverbs are unwritten knowledge passed down from generation to generation and ...
 
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Some discoveries in the Philippines are so compelling they overturn well-established theories in science.
This decade, the Philippines shocked the world with some of the greatest discoveries ever made, some of which are so compelling that they overturn some of the most well-established theories conerning humans. While there are hundreds of discoveries made this decade, we ...
 
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Here are the origins of some Filipino slang used in the past 50 years.
You might not be aware of it but you may be using Filipino slang that your parents may have used way back in the ‘70s. Filipino slang is a fascinating topic for any scholar of language because of its quickly and constantly ...
 
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Cardinal Tagle is the Philippines’ best hope for a Filipino pope.
In 2013, before Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was named as pope, Luis Antonio “Chito” Tagle or Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, was widely considered as a papabile—someone who is a strong contender to the papacy. He was seen as the young, energetic, and ...
 
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Do you have a high adversity quotient?
Are development quotients a generational thing? You know—I.Q., E.Q., and now we have A.Q. For a long time, people believed that there was only one measurement of intelligence, and that was the intelligence quotient or I.Q. Then, Millennials came and were raised ...
 
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The Philippines is supported by many countries when it comes to the West Philippine Sea.
For many years before 2012, Filipinos referred to their portion of the sea bordering the west of the country as South China Sea. Then, after the tense Scarborough Shoal Standoff in 2012, the government decided to name the maritime area as the West ...
 
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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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Maria Orosa also invented two kinds of plants.
On November 29, the Philippines will commemorate the 126th birth anniversary of Maria Orosa. To many residents of Manila, the name is a reference to an obscure street in Malate surrounded by more familiar historical figures whose names have also become streets: ...
 
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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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EMBO is short for Enlisted Men’s Barrio.
In 1901, near the end of the Philippine-American War, the Americans established Fort William McKinley, one of the largest overseas U.S. military bases in the world. But the 25-square-kilometer military camp was still dwarfed in comparison by Subic Naval Base, which was the ...
 
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It may be impossible.
Graciano Lopez Jaena was a towering figure in Philippine history, considered as one of the three giants of the Propaganda Movement, along with Jose Rizal and Marcelo Del Pilar. Yet for such an important man, his remains are lost. The government has ...
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