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Amid the chaos of lingering emotions, a father remembers to ask his firstborn if he is okay.
Dear Paolo, In our family, there is one day in our lives that will forever live in infamy.  May 23, 2009.  We lost a major part of our small family on that day. Lola Daisy, your cousin Anton and his Yaya Tess, and your only ...
 
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Regina Abuyuan writes about her memories of Patricio, who lived on their farm, laughed at the clouds, stared at the color orange, and could foretell the weather.
My son of a bitch father used to boast that we had a security guard to guard our farmhouse.We didn't have a security guard. We had an idiot named Patricio who refused to wear underpants, or any sort of pants for that ...
 
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One year after the end of the siege of Marawi, martial law has still not been lifted in Mindanao.
The Battle of Marawi ended in October last year, yet we in Mindanao are still under martial law. For Moros, it is something that brings back the horrors of the imposition of Martial Law in 1972, when widespread violations of Moros’ human rights ...
 
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Singer, actor, and lifestyle writer Franco Laurel describes the ups and downs of a professional life that has taken him to many places, and how family can keep a man together.
I always wanted to be a dad. Even as a teenager, I dreamt about being married to the most beautiful woman in the world, and then having the most adorable, loving, caring, talented children. I would even write down my future children's ...
 
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A reflection on what all that ugliness revealed about us as a people
It doesn’t really matter who started it. What matters is that our men allowed an official, world-stage basketball game to escalate into a vicious street-corner brawl. What matters is that our national sportsmen were so shamefully unsportsmanlike to their opponents, visitors to ...
 
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From when I was about four years old all the way up to my late teens, my dad would take me to work—whatever his work happened to be at that moment in his life.
From when I was about four years old all the way up to my late teens, my dad would take me to work—whatever his work happened to be at that moment in his life.When he was in banking he took me to ...
 
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Artist Dex Fernandez sustained serious injuries from a bar brawl over the weekend, in the latest from a scene that tends to circle the wagons around bad behavior.
At Dulo MNL, where the music takes lead, it’s hard to tell who’s who. Sometimes that’s the point. On good nights, the space is so packed that you can’t tell who you’re dancing next to. Probably someone you’ve met before. Like a ...
 
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A passionate argument against internalized bigotry by a career sportswriter.
AS a boxer who was without equal, Manny Pacquiao united Filipinos from all over the world with the power of his punches and the overflowing national pride stirred by his victories. As a politician, he tears us apart by the carelessness of ...
 
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"Our table may change one day. We’re open-minded like that."
There is no head at our dining table. We have a rectangular table made of wood, with white steel legs, surrounded by cheap plastic chairs of various colours. There are no assigned positions, only preferred chair colours that must be respected lest a certain ...
 
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We wish everyone peace and understanding.
Just as we are inexplicably drawn to certain people, whom we end up loving forever, I have been inexplicably drawn to Islam, a way of life to which I’ve surrendered now and will embrace forever. There’s so much about this lifeway that moves ...
 
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The National Artist for Literature passed away yesterday.
National Artist for Literature Cirilo F. Bautista passed away early yesterday, May 6, at the age of 76. He is fondly remembered as one of this generation's literary greats, whose works were expressive of the Filipino experience. Esquire was lucky to have ...
 
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The internet kills everything, the internet gives life to everything.
Remember when video killed the radio star? We doubt it. We doubt you even remember MTV, that channel where the music video "Video Killed the Radio Star” by a band called The Buggles aired at first broadcast. The Buggles were a one-hit ...
 
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Who else can bridge old and new media so effortlessly?
We live in a world smart to advertising. We don't have examples, we have “pegs”; bloggers have become “influencers”; almost everything taking place on the Internet is part of some grand “marketing strategy.” The idea of a “professional contest joiner” has even ...
 
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So what if the fight is fake? These Pinoy wrestlers are living their best secret lives.
The resurgence of wrestling in the Philippines began as an underground movement—staged in a boxing arena (instead of a real wrestling ring…because that would be too expensive); men hurling their bodies at each other, most likely mimicking videos they would watch off ...
 
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I never considered education a gamble until I came to UP.
During enrollment season, the corridors would be stuffed with bodies; some standing and texting their friends that they were about to lose hope, some sitting on the floor, buried in a book or blankly listening to music, some nodding off to sleep, ...
 
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We send a train to Auschwitz each time we look away.
.Arman,We met two years ago when I was a reporter doing stories on economics. It was 10 p.m. on a Tuesday. Through the side mirror I watched your shadow emerge from the street leading into a labyrinth of shanties. You worked 13 ...
 
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Leading infectious diseases specialist Dr. Edsel Maurice Salvaña asks that we step back and look at the facts before making a decision.
So I'm going to stick my head out because I feel there is a lot of confusion going around on the dengue vaccine again. This is my interpretation of the Sanofi release. For the record, I am an infectious diseases physician who ...
 
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When the problem is about our behavior as men, we need to be part of that conversation.
When fat, grasping, Harvey Weinstein was unmasked for the sexual predator that he was, it was a watershed moment for women, and everyone cheered as the allegations, each bolstered and emboldened by the previous, came thick and fast. The next big name ...
 
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Here's one umbrella we wouldn't mind losing.
The Kramers are a bit of a cultural phenomenon here in Manila. Doug and his wife Chesca, along with their three gorgeous children, have announced themselves as a sort of Endorsement Dream Team over the years, picking up impressive accounts with KFC, Nesfruta, Hapee ...
 
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Not all doctor-patient relationships are equal. One doctor speaks out.
It usually starts with the patient's relatives. Someone who is furious, frustrated, grieving. The patient's story is told via social media. They'll talk about the less-than-ideal conditions at the hospital, the seemingly invasive procedures done to the patient, and the unrefined manners of ...
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