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We don't know how to talk about the issues, and maybe that's why things don't change.
It wasn't always possible for Angela Ponce, Spain's candidate for Miss Universe, to have been in the competition. Contrary to popular belief, there really did use to be a rule prohibiting transgendered women from even joining the pageant: Until 2012, the Miss Universe rules required ...
 
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You shouldn’t feel pressured to give gifts to people if you don’t feel like it or you can’t afford to.
I used to get together with a group of friends every holiday season. We’d plan the whole thing via our Yahoogroups (remember that?) and talk about the gifts we wanted to receive. We even started drawing up a “wish list” for ourselves ...
 
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Is the ordeal over, or has it just begun?
After six long months, this morning we put out the chairs, set the tables, and got ready to welcome visitors again on the first day of this “new” Boracay. First of all, let me get these out of the way, the questions ...
 
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"Tine" has told you her story. Now let me tell you mine.
Let’s get a few things out of the way first. Most importantly, I have no doubt that Libertine Amistoso’s life story is true. And I am sure she has the right to tell it, in any way she is able to, and ...
 
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Make no mistake, I’m all for Kiefer Ravena recovering from this doping controversy but the best way to support the PBA rising star is to be neutral
Kiefer Ravena’s doping ban issue reminds me of my mother.I’m not implying my mom’s taken any performance-enhancing drug, and as far as I remember, the only time I saw her compete is in a sack race during family day back in my ...
 
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A Boracay business owner and resident speaks up.
Jen is one of the more than 33,109 residents of Boracay call the island their home. She worked for seven years in Japan before putting all her savings into a laundry business. After the rains damaged her machines last December, she had to take ...
 
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An environmentalist takes a surprising stand on the plastic problem.
The Philippines ranks third in the world’s top ocean polluters of plastic. Naturally, this makes Filipinos very angry. We’re angry at the government (again). The problem, we say, is that the government sucks at containing our waste. And it's true: Even if most of ...
 
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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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What do you do when you don't really believe in the reason for the season?
Christmas is not as simple as it used to be. “You can’t say 'Merry Christmas' anymore, because it offends people that are not Christians, and you can’t say Happy Holidays, because it offends people who are not happy,” says J.P. Sears, YouTube superstar.Who ...
 
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Let's start looking at the things that really matter.
Like most people, I was charmed when I first heard about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s detour to a branch of fast food chain Jollibee as soon as he landed in Manila two days ago.Aww, I thought, how adorable that a world ...
 
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One HR practitioner says no.
It's easy to be emotionally caught up when the argument is about mental health. There tends to be bias for empathy, equality, and charity. And when question of employability is mixed, it becomes a much more volatile argument.The central question is: Should ...
 
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A frat brother defends the institution.
At the beginning of every semester, I always ask my students about their reasons for going to law school. Some of them answered they want to continue a family tradition. One student even had the audacity to say that being a lawyer ...
 
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If you think about it, it’s kind of creepy.
Over the past couple of weeks, Kita Kita has been lauded as a surprise box office hit. The film seems to hit all the right notes: it has the heartwarming premise of a not-conventionally-attractive man teaching a blind, embittered, beautiful woman to ...
 
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What year is it?
“Come on, guys. It’s 2017.”These were the words of a visibly-irked Nadine Lustre, as she was asked by a reporter about her rumored “live-in” arrangements with boyfriend (and surprisingly decent recording artist) James Reid. Something about this—the question, how it was asked, and how ...
 
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You want change? You have to change the way you think.
Poverty is not a choice. Poverty is not a result of laziness. Hard work does not always result in success.Today, I had to hire contractual employees who would have to work long hours on a shifting schedule from Monday to Saturday, but ...
 
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Thoughts from a fourth-generation Kidapawan about martial law in Mindanao.
As always there is war in my country.But as always, two different wars are waging in Manila and in Mindanao.In Mindanao the Maute group—sympathizers of International terrorist group Daesh—are assaulting the Islamic city of Marawi in Lanao. Duterte has declared martial law ...
 
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There's a cultural context to Lola's enslavement that non-Filipinos can never understand.
Editor's Note: Mike Ricca wrote this as a reaction to writer Josh Shahryar's tweets on Alex Tizon's viral "My Family's Slave" piece on The Atlantic.The two tweets from [Josh] Shahryar's longer response perfectly encapsulate why I feel non-Filipinos need to slow their roll before ...
 
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A concerned parent enumerates the reasons this show shouldn't be easily accessible to teens.
Based on how much Netflix’s new series about teenage suicide has set social media on fire, it can be safely declared that it’s already one of the biggest hits of 2017. How such a controversial topic exploring destructive themes and executed with ...
 
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Labor advocate Carlos Maningat writes about how we need to reassess why people are poor.
The Unpopular Opinion is Esquire’s space to provide additional insight and introduce new perspectives to issues that we may think have foregone conclusions. These articles don't always reflect our editorial stance, but we publish them here to continue the discourse. With a variety ...
 
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An animal welfare advocate writes against sending the 'lonely' elephant to Thailand.
The Unpopular Opinion is Esquire’s space to provide additional insight and introduce new perspectives to issues that we may think have foregone conclusions. These articles don't always reflect our editorial stance, but we publish them here to continue the discourse. Dear friends here ...