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I've lived in California my entire life, and have never, ever seen fires like this.
Wildfires are good. They are necessary for new growth of trees and for the health of ecosystems. We need fire, but not like this.I walked outside my home in Oakland to get a coffee and heard a cacophony of echoes from people ...
 
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Lola Loring was a dauntless saboteur during World War II.
Loring May Ebersole, later known as Florence Finch, was just like a typical grandmother who busied herself with things most typical grandmothers would do. She doted on grandkids, cooked wonderful meals, and watched old soap operas. But when Loring died at the age ...
 
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The Monkey and the Turtle is the first children's tale in the Philippines.
July 21 is National Children’s Book Day in the Philippines. It also marks the date when Jose Rizal published in English the tale of The Monkey and the Turtle in the July 1889 issue of Trübner's Oriental Record in England.Top Story: Transwoman Billionaire Wants Clint ...
 
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Even TV reporters are not spared from network-transfer controversies.
TV news anchors and reporters are as much prone to network transfers as showbiz celebrities.Their reasons for making the move also run in the same vein: on the one hand, career growth and better offer elsewhere; on the other, dissatisfaction with management ...
 
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Should we still listen to F. Sionil Jose?
At 95 years old, F. Sionil Jose has lived through 15 Philippine presidents including Manuel Quezon. He also survived World War II, two revolutions, and numerous epidemics. He has seen much and is considered an authoritative voice by way of his age, ...
 
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The show brought joy to millions, but a number of its cast have experienced unimaginable tragedies.
"Glee," a musical show that inspired millions, is no stranger to tragedy. Using music to touch the lives of its audience, the series followed teenagers as they meandered through the minefield of adolescence. While all the characters found a happy ending in one ...
 
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Filipinos know struggle.
Filipinos know struggle. They know the conflict, war, violence, and suffering. They know what it’s like to be colonized, ostracized, and discriminated. So it should come as no surprise that when other nations cast out their unwanted citizens, Filipinos opened their arms ...
 
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One remedy has instructions for people bitten by rabid dogs.
The UST Heritage Library is a depository of 30,000 ancient books dating back from the 15th to the 19th century. When we visited its holdings in May 2019, there was one book that caught our attention because of its peculiar contents: Ang Mahusay ...
 
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It's a textbook example of how to handle pandemics.
Smallpox today is an obscure disease, but one which has a terrifying reputation that wiped out entire civilizations. In the 16th century, the Spaniards purposely introduced smallpox to the Americas to wipe out the native populations. The disease destroyed the might Aztec, ...
 
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From New York to Los Angeles to Chicago, these Filipinos share what they see, feel, and know about America's fight against injustice.
It's been nine days since George Floyd, a black American, was killed by Derik Chauvin, a white policeman, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the process of making an arrest, Chauvin pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, which ultimately lead to the 46-year-old father's death.This was the final ...
 
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Sta. Ana Cabaret was the world's largest dance hall.
Tales of Manila’s opulence and genteel charm as the Paris of Asia is not complete without mentioning the Sta. Ana Cabaret of Santos Street. It was so popular that it made the pages of Life magazine, once a big-time American publication. Meaning, ...
 
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The city, the park, and its colonial past.
Temperatures are steadily rising all around the country (with Mindoro Occidental reaching as high as 50 degrees) and sadly, because of the quarantine, we are left to roast inside our houses. In times like these, don’t we all wish we were in ...
 
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All hail the one-day emperor of the Philippines.
There’s no doubt that the first seeds of Philippine consciousness were only actualized in 1872, the same year as the mutiny in Cavite and the execution of Gomburza. It’s the cornerstone of our past, but in this episode of the lost footnotes ...
 
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Now that's a strange footnote in the Bible.
Sunday school isn’t particularly fun, but one footnote in the Bible is sure to pick up your attention: the Holy Prepuce or Foreskin of Jesus Christ. That’s right. Jesus’ penis is worthy of a Bible mention.Now before you shout blasphemy, we’re only stating the facts. ...
 
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Ouch.
Holy Week is hardly the time for celebrations and fiestas. How can you be jubilant while commemorating the death and rebirth of Jesus Christ? Some regions commemorate the week by joining in flagellations and crucifixions. It’s a solemn affair for sure, but ...
 
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Well that’s one way to celebrate the religious occasion.
Holy Week is often commemorated with solemn masses at even gloomier churches, but not in the Mystic Island, otherwise known as Siquijor. On what’s been dubbed the “Island of Witches,” another festival coincides with Holy Week—something that would shock the devout Catholics ...
 
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When bad things happen to people in the limelight, the public reels in shock. We list 10 unfortunate events that involved Pinoy celebrities.
When bad things happen to celebrities, the whole world reels in shock. We often ask, "How could that happen to them?" as if their stint in the limelight ensures that they’re out of harm’s way. We take stock of 10 shocking crimes that happened ...
 
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An essay by a Filipino living in Italy, where COVID-19 has killed over 2,000 patients and placed the entire country under lockdown.
As I write these words, the sky outside the window is overcast. It looks bitter and hard like concrete. The empty, quiet roads, the closed shutters, and drawn curtains of houses all exude an air of defeat. Even the birds are unusually ...
 
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Meet the entire cast and the characters they will portray, plus see official movie stills here.
We’re a few weeks away from the local release of Crazy Rich Asians on August 22. For anyone who’s read the trilogy and is eagerly awaiting to see how Asians will be represented in the film, this last stretch is the toughest.To ...
 
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Our annual list of exceptional Filipino high school graduates on their way to a world-class education.
Meet some of the most hardworking young minds from the graduating class of 2018. Filled with gratitude, moved by passion, and armed with exceptional skills, these students are ready to face bigger challenges with the intent to make the world—and especially the ...
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