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We dare you to translate the following sentences.
When translating from Filipino to English, you will learn that there are some Filipino words that are best left alone. They simply have no direct translation in English and are better preserved in their form, untranslated, and provided with footnotes explaining the context ...
 
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Featuring Sisa’s Salad, Tinola de Damaso, and Sinigang ni Andeng.
The following recipes are based on the food and ingredients mentioned by Jose Rizal in his novel, Noli Me Tangere. For reference, we used Soledad Lacson-Locsin’s English translation of Noli because it preserves the color and cadence of Rizal’s Spanish. Rizal used ...
 
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What are your fondest memories of amusement parks in Manila?
During the late ’80s to early ’90s, amusement parks in Metro Manila represented the carefree, happy, and innocent summer days of childhood. Carefree is the operational word here because in those days, we never really minded that the rusty roller coasters and ...
 
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The first three months of 1970 were a time of intense unrest and upheaval that shook the country to its very core and changed its destiny for better or worse.
It has been said that there are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen. For the Philippines, January to March 1970, the First Quarter Storm, was the latter.Those who were there when it happened can attest to how ...
 
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This is the amazing tale of a soldier, an appendix, and a spontaneous self-surgery.
Strange things have happened in Philippine jungles. For one, a Japanese World War II soldier named Hiroo Onoda decided to hide in the jungles of Mindoro—for 29 years—to avoid getting captured by the enemy. While he found the wild jungle cozy enough to ...
 
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Who remembers 'More to Lose?'
We know him as the grump from The Office and the comedic grouch who loves being politically incorrect. But before he was roasting celebrities at the Golden Globes to the point of tears (theirs, not his), some of us might remember Ricky ...
 
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His death birthed the Yamashita standard, or what many simply call command responsibility.
Tomoyuki Yamashita is a name many Filipinos, particularly older generations, know all too well. Any mention of his name is tinged with distaste if not outright disgust. Besides the war loot or treasure he and the Japanese forces allegedly hid in caves ...
 
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Squirrel sightings were first reported in 2007.
The next time you jog around the parks in Metro Manila, look up at the trees. There's a fair chance you’ll spot a squirrel jumping from branch to branch.Startled pedestrians often mistake them for rats, until they spot their tufty tails and ...
 
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Often untold but never forgotten, the Wha Chi battalion fought alongside Filipino soldiers in the fight against the Japanese.
“Is history a lie,” asked the stony-faced girls of the Debate Club when I applied for membership back in high school. I fumbled: Yes. I mean, no. I mean, kind of. There are parts of history that probably don’t get the airtime they ...
 
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Gomez, Burgos, and Zamora solidified the secularization movement and the nascent nationalism felt by so many.
On February 17, 1872, three priests—Mariano Gomez, Jose Burgos, and Jacinto Zamora—were killed in Bagumbayan on charges of leading a mutiny of arsenal workers in Cavite with the aim of overthrowing the colonial government.The three priests were not involved in the mutiny; they hardly ...
 
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Enrile even outlived the actors who played his contemporaries.
Let's disclaim first that Senator Juan Ponce Enrile has not been convicted of anything related to the PDAF Scam (yet), and we don't want to be on the receiving end of a subpoena for an online libel lawsuit. One thing we know ...
 
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The last remaining speakers of a dying language wanted help to preserve their heritage.
The Philippines is one of the most linguistically diverse countries in the world. According to a 2015 Ethnologue report, there were 171 living languages in the Philippines.A living language is a language that is still spoken by people and typically used in ...
 
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Three different accounts shed light on how foreigners viewed the country. 
It seems so long ago, but almost 500 years ago, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi landed on the Philippine islands in February 1565 to continue what Ferdinand Magellan and Ruy Lopez de Villalobos couldn’t do: Colonize the Philippines for the Spanish crown.Philippine history has changed ...
 
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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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Sometimes, you have to set the scene.
As the great sage Adele Laurie Blue Adkins once said, “Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead.” We’re sure you know the feeling—or can at least sit next to a window while it rains and pretend to—so if you’re ...
 
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No one has ever managed to actually kill a Philippine President. But the same cannot be said for their spouses.
In all of Philippine history, no President has ever been assassinated during or after their terms. There have been assassination attempts and deaths in office due to health issues, but no one has ever managed to actually kill a Philippine President. But the ...
 
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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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Liwayway Gawgaw gave birth to Oishi, one of only three Filipino companies that have significant international footprint.
Few Filipino brands are as iconic and successful as Liwayway Gawgaw, manufactured by the Liwayway Marketing Corporation. Unknown to many, it is the parent company of Oishi, and one of the sons of its founders also established Bench (the retail brand of clothing, ...
 
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Out of Office with Dr. Joven Cuanang.
Out of Office explores the lives of businessmen, CEOs, and industry movers when they are not at work. We ask their hobbies, interests, and things they secretly indulge in. For this edition, we talk to Dr. Joven Cuanang, one of the country’s leading neurologists ...
 
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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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