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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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Finding the true comparative size of our country.
The 7,641 islands of the Philippines is home to more than 100 million Filipinos, and the sheer cultural and environmental diversity of our archipelago should be enough to prove just how big the Philippines is. Alas, when most people think of the ...
 
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The first-ever nest in Pasonanca Natural Forest was spotted, inspiring hope for the endangered species.
The Philippine eagle, the country’s national bird, might be the subject of poetry and pride, but the endangered creature is also one of the most hunted animals in our islands, so much so that sightings of the national bird have become a ...
 
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What do Texans and Filipinos have in common? Spanish colonizers.
Before Filipinos wrested freedom and independence from their former Spanish colonizers, Manila was once a shining pearl of the Spanish empire. It was the model colony of Spanish rule, so much so that the Philippines’ reputation in the 1700s crossed the great ...
 
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Timely reads in this time of chaos and coronavirus.
At some point in our lives, we've faced the depths of an existential crisis. And in this time of coronavirus, chaos, and political unrest, it's becoming more and more common to get lost in ourselves.Top story: Who are the Descendants of Our Heroes ...
 
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An essential book featuring Filipino icons that every Filipino household should have.
History might be written by the victors, but history is made by the exceptional—the brave, inspirational, impactful, and unparalleled. Not all historical Filipino icons are heroes, but they all left a mark in one way or another.TOP STORY: Here Are Some Actual Very ...
 
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Which former president was slapped with frustrated murder and 14 years in jail? Find out how it all boiled down to one kiss in this 18th century gossip blast.
Courageous, loyal and principled–we were all taught that our heroes were golden boys (and girls). Insider A tells me different; below are the hottest scandals and secrets of these golden highnesses. From the mouth of the former president that spoke the immortal ...
 
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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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‘The biggest potential of bikes isn’t in sports or leisure, but in mobility.’
I’ve never met Christian, not in the real sense of the word, but I find myself asking him questions about him and his son, Ian. They live in San Mateo, Rizal, and have been traveling by bicycle to Pasig for Ian’s cerebral palsy ...
 
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Venues, festivals, and musicians face a precarious future, but could COVID-19 be a catalyst for reform in an industry that seriously undervalues its artists?
At around eight o'clock on the evening of March 12, Sir Simon Rattle stepped onstage at the Berliner Philharmoniker to an eery silence. It was his homecoming performance, with the orchestra that he'd led as chief conductor for 16 years, before his ...
 
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Only 0.1% of our entire population has been tested.
Since COVID-19 hit the rest of the world, we've been hearing the phrase "flattening the curve." This public-health strategy involves mitigation techniques to prevent the daily number of cases from continuously going up to the point that the health-care system breaks down. ...
 
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A lawmaker explains.
ABS-CBN’s channel remains black, two days after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ordered the network’s nationwide shutdown. At 7:52 p.m., millions watched as ABS-CBN signed off for the first time since 1972 during martial law.ABS-CBN leaves behind millions of Filipinos who have ...
 
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It's still up for debate.
It is uncontested that a vast majority of people are only familiar with Juan Luna as an expatriate painter. Like all other heroes discussed in school textbooks, rarely do teachers and students pay any attention to their idiosyncrasies and character flaws, which ...
 
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Surrounded by the bounty of nature, the beach community turns to sustainable living. 
On the island of Siargao, people are returning to nature. The COVID-19 pandemic, which has broken the world order, has affected the island’s community in a different way.“It is undeniable that what our world is going through right now seems to be ...
 
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Why 'normal' is the cause of all this chaos.
From the way we raise our families to the highest decision-making bodies, humanity seems to be in agreement that we are far better and wiser than our ancestors. With our cars, technology, sciences, electricity, and other conveniences previously unavailable to us for ...
 
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He was 34 years old.
His name was Winston Ragos, and he was a former soldier. In the Philippine Army, he was a corporal, but to his family, he was just “Ton-Ton.”In 2017, Ton-Ton was discharged from the military through to “compulsory retirement” due to “war shock” ...
 
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The worst might be yet to come.
The Philippines has yet to peak and flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic on home turf, but there are already worries of a second surge occurring when lockdown is lifted. And we are right to be worried—Singapore, which thought it had ...
 
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Some call it the lesser evil. Others call it genocide.
As lockdowns put the strain on countries around the world, the “herd immunity” strategy is rearing its head again as countries like Sweden continue to let their citizens continue their daily lives.Lockdowns and quarantines, while stressed by the World Health Organization, are ...
 
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There is more to the folk song about disabled beggars.
When you were younger, you probably heard the folk song “Doon Po sa Amin” (“In Our Hometown”). It tells the story of four disabled beggars and their attempt to have fun. Below is the traditional lyrics of the folksong.Doon po sa amin, ...
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