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Ate Luds was a giant in the world of entertainment journalism.
Because news and information today are available right at our fingertips, many people don’t need someone to deliver these to our households through radio and television. But there was a time when we tuned in to our TV sets nightly to watch ...
 
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Good things come to those who wait.
There’s no doubt that one of the most anticipated gift items in the coming holiday season is the new Sony Playstation 5. In fact, the company expects the PlayStation 5 hardware to sell about six million units from its launch to Marsh ...
 
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The lights of the fireflies could soon be snuffed out. 
In local folklore, trees that are visited by fireflies or alitaptap are said to be the dwelling place of engkantos. People believed fireflies are servants or pets of these otherworldly beings. In Bicol, the elderly still pass this folklore to younger generations. ...
 
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What is the original meaning of ‘hampaslupa’?
Words tend to lose their original and more poignant meaning and imagery with frequency of use, but looking back at the origins of words is an endeavor worth pursuing, especially if we want to see how the true meaning of these words ...
 
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The first happened during World War 2.
Martial law—or a state where a particular area (or the whole country) is under the control of the military or armed forces—is most often associated with former President Ferdinand Marcos. But not many people know the late strongman was not the first ...
 
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A decade flew by in an instant. Now we’re three quarters of the way into 2020. 
The year 2010 seems like yesterday, and right now, we’re in the third quarter of 2020. Ten years ago, Filipinos decided to bombard Google with these search keywords, which gave us a little nostalgia. We know this because of a tool called ...
 
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Facebook is allegedly collecting unauthorized data for market research.
Facebook is being accused of allegedly spying on Instagram users through the cameras on their mobile phones.Top Story: World's Most Expensive Tree is Being Poached in the Philippines A complaint filed in federal court in San Francisco by user Brittany Conditi said the social ...
 
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The alligator produced the most hilarious sound!
A group of (mad) scientists who put an alligator in a helium-filled tank and made it shout just won an award. The scientists from Austria and Japan won the Ig Nobel Prize, an award that celebrates some of the world's most unorthodox experiments ...
 
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It kind of gives us the shudders.
Road signs are supposed to be useful and practical—they’re there to provide information to help guide motorists and commuters on their journey. But sometimes, you get the odd road sign that’ll just make you scratch your head and go, “Huh.”Top Story: World's Most ...
 
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Alexis Ohanian wrote an essay advocating for paternity leave.
Venture capitalist and entrepreneur Alxeis Ohanian wrote a moving essay in defense of paternity leave, saying it’s time to erase the stigma society has on fathers taking time off work to spend it with family.Top Story: The World's Most Expensive Tree Is Being ...
 
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Open-Access is not forever.
Almost 200 scientific journals published online in the last 20 years have vanished from the internet. But it is not because of some form of attack from obscure anti-science groups. The scientific journals vanished because publishers of the websites decided to discontinue ...
 
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A kilo of the tree’s agarwood is worth P750,000. 
There is a gold rush happening in the jungles of the Philippines. The treasure is one of the rarest trees in the world: lapnisan or agarwood. It is also the world’s most expensive tree. A kilo of agarwood fetches as much as ...
 
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Cheers to ARC Gin.
The concept of e-numan—or a virtual drinking session with colleagues, co-workers or friends—is still relatively new, but probably growing as we speak. Save for a few people who prefer their own company while imbibing spirits, drinking has always been a social activity, ...
 
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It’s not about pastry. 
In 1904, a book of fiction about the Philippines was published in the United States. It was titled The Brownies in the Philippines.No, it wasn't a recipe book, and the “Brownies” were not pastry. Top Story: Supermarket Staff Pin-pricking Holes in Plastic Sugar ...
 
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It was kept hidden for 75 years.
When the Tiburcio-Jaralve family was sorting old items in their house, they discovered a very old piece of paper stashed along with family photographs from the 1940s. When they unfolded the paper, which was a faded piece from a yellow pad, they were ...
 
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Ever heard of the Dark Ages?
At the close of every year, we often see people posting the same things on social media: “worst year ever,” “glad this year is over,” and “good riddance!” For some reason, many of us are fixated on blaming a fixed period of ...
 
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We've been discovering a lot of secrets from Orion lately.
Orion is one of the most recognizable constellations seen from the Northern Hemisphere. Early in 2020, the constellation made headlines when its brightest star Betelgeuse (pronounced “beetle juice”) was observed to be dimming and scientists didn’t know why. Top Story: Who Are the ...
 
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We do not need Baybayin to affirm that what we speak, write, or read is Filipino.
When Manila Mayor Isko Moreno unveiled the new Lagusnilad Underpass, people were amazed to see Baybayin inscriptions on one of the entrances of the tunnel. Top Story: Who Are the Ambanis, Asia's Wealthiest Family?Currently, groups are pushing for Baybayin to become the Philippines’ ...
 
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Here's the story of two of the most beloved characters from our childhood.
If you were a kid in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, you probably grew up watching the television show Batibot. The educational program for children that featured a mix of human and puppet characters became a cultural touchstone for many Filipinos. It’s ...
 
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It’s not that simple.
It didn’t take long before citizens on social media reacted to the news about “white sand” being dumped on Manila’s baywalk area. Workers contracted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources were seen bringing the sand to a stretch of the ...
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