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The mayor sets the record straight.
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno is still making headlines just over two weeks since he assumed office. The 44-year-old former actor has constantly been on the news and social media delivering on his campaign promise to clean up the streets of the country’s ...
 
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In the hands of the food alchemist of Toyo Eatery, one of the best restaurants in Asia, the mundane becomes sublime.
It was their first day back after a week-long, well deserved Holy Week break, and Team Toyo hit the ground screaming. A Netflix crew was in there shooting promo material for the launch of its Street Food Asia series, which was to ...
 
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The documentarist hasn’t worked in almost three decades, sort of.
“Do what you love and you won’t have to work a day in your life,” or so goes the saying. That’s why when someone as acclaimed a journalist as Jay Taruc says he’s done doing award-winning documentaries, people scratch their heads. Hard. ...
 
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The star of Cinemalaya's 'ML' sits down with Esquire for a colorful interview.
Eddie Garcia is 89 years old. That's almost nine decades (and just 11 years short of 100) on this God's green earth, and, as we found out during our candid interview with the legendary actor, he's made sure to lead a disciplined ...
 
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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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Otto Sacramento of OTTOMONDI just won in the 2018 Bench Design Awards too
Otto Sacramento is one of the three winners of the recently-held Bench Design Awards 2018, which focuses on up-and-coming talent. His prize? A trip to Japan to present his label, OTTOMONDI, during Tokyo Fashion Week. It's a great start for OTTOMONDI, a ...
 
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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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Glaiza de Castro plays Ma. Cecilia Flores-Oebanda, whose son made Liway in his mother's honor.
At this year's Cinemalaya—which runs until Sunday, August 12—Kip Oebanda's Liway has been a frontrunner and favorite. It received a standing ovation at its gala night at the Cultural Center of The Philippines, and impressions on Twitter put it way ahead of its pack. And one ...
 
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Meet Robert Suntay, founder and president of the SEA-VIP Institute, a foundation that works to protect the marine biodiversity resources in the Verde Island Passage.
Robert Suntay was readying a presentation he was about to give to Waldorf students. “It could be a very depressing talk,” he noted. He was basing it off the documentaries An Inconvenient Sequel, Chasing Coral, and A Plastic Ocean, all which portend ...
 
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At fifty years old, Mayor Herbert Bautista has managed to turn himself from a comical sidekick and unlikely hearththrob to a serious politician. In this exclusive excerpt from his new biography, we follow the arc of his early showbiz career from skinny underdog to a real box-office draw.
See him: The small skinny kid rubbing his eyes. Sometimes he wears glasses, sometimes he doesn’t. Doesn’t matter. He looks like a nerd with and without. He looks like he could be picked on by bullies. But he also looks like he ...
 
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The Ombudsman has lion-tamed her way through years of investigating and prosecuting errant public officials, both high and low.
She was tending to bonsai, and embarking on some prolonged travels—bathing for more than the cursory one or two days under the Tuscan sun. She had been in the government payroll continuously for 39 years and 10 months, and was already a ...
 
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The Fil-Am Pulitzer Prize-Winning photojournalist speaks about what it takes to tell the world's most urgent, most difficult stories.
When we think of war correspondents, the popular imagination doesn’t conjure up someone like Cheryl Diaz Meyer, 49, soft-spoken, born in Quezon City, raised in Duluth. But Diaz Meyer stands among the top tier of news photographers—she's best known for her coverage of the ...
 
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The former National Security Adviser has lead a long and storied life, and has been called "some sort of James Bond and Napoleon Solo combined."
Fifteen years later, I sit across the 81-year-old Almonte at the dining table of his modest Greenhills condo-office for this interview. His black curls have been replaced by a white buzz; his face seems more predisposed to grinning than scowling, giving him ...
 
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How royals became commoners.
While a handful of monarchies continue to thrive today, other countries decided in favor a different form of government. Take a look back at some of the world's greatest monarchies and how their rulers lost their thrones.The House of Savoy ItalyThe fall ...
 
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Carlo Tenedero is an unlikely combination of two very unlikely occupations.
Consider the likes of Chris Tiu, basketball star who is also an honor student—impressive because he was at once, as if impossibly, both typical jock and typical nerd. The truth, of course, is that these stereotypes are best left behind, and that we all ...
 
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Meet Henry De Sio, Jr., former COO for the Obama campaign, who is now looking for groundbreaking, inspirational leaders through the Ashoka Foundation.
For a skeptic who’s spent time falling into Google deep dives and reading about the absolute worst of humanity, the term “changemaker” feels like buzzword straight off the assembly line of concepts made for a certain group of people to feel important. ...
 
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The 'Ang Probinsyano' actor plays Fr. Jerome Lucero (no relation).
Having too much to work with on a character can be as daunting for an actor as having too little. The character of Father Jerome Lucero, the other half of the clerical detective team in Smaller And Smaller Circles, landed fully-formed on the ...
 
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Smaller and Smaller Circles' Fr. Gus Saenz is a worthy addition to the ranks of fictional sacred sleuths.
There was, of course, GK Chesterton’s Father Brown and Umberto Eco’s William of Baskerville and a few others. The bench of clerical detectives in mystery fiction isn’t exactly deep. But you can add FH Batacan’s Father Gus Saenz and Father Jerome Lucas ...
 
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He lived fast and fashionably.
Johnny Ysmael had the world.It came with his last name: the Ysmaels were among the so-called Manila’s 400, a list of elite families who had wealth, education, prominence, and most importantly, pedigree. Johnny was one of the most eligible bachelors of his time.The Ysmaels came ...
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