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Onin Lorente’s leap of faith


“It’s surprising to meet people in different cities, then you meet them again in another city,” said fashion blogger and photographer Onin Lorente. It’s definitely true.

Posted: November 30th, 2012 in 2BU | Read More »

Our ’May’ wishes for you

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So folks, Sarah and I always believe in the power of the spoken and written word. Since the month of May is wrapping up, here are the wishes we would like to come true. We suggest you write down your own wishes for May, too. Feel free to take what you liked below to fit your own circumstances when you write your own wishes. Happy wishing!

Posted: May 24th, 2012 in 2BU | Read More »

Chasing happiness and spirituality

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And then, I opened my eyes… That was the end of another meditation session—which followed the ritual of closing my eyes, quieting my mind, and reconnecting with my inner self. I used to roll my eyes over meditation and all that so-called fancy talk, but lately it has started to work better for me.

Posted: April 27th, 2012 in 2BU | Read More »

In James Jean’s universe

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For some people, their work speaks for itself. For artist James Jean, his work can convey anything from a scream to a whisper. When you look at his detailed, surreal artwork, you are able to take an intimate peek into his thoughts and emotions. It’s this kind of direct honesty from mind to canvas that has made his work so remarkable.

Posted: March 8th, 2012 in 2BU | Read More »

Get ready, get set, fly

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Today was pretty normal—I woke up, made coffee, turned on my playlist, and wrote on my journal. Looking out the window, I saw my neighbor doing some serious tai chi; it wasn’t my usual bustling Makati scenery. There were at least four temples, and just a few minutes ago, a bus of tourists was parked outside.

Posted: March 2nd, 2012 in 2BU | Read More »

Where were you when you attracted love?

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I almost didn’t make it here. I was this close to becoming a reader, instead of an author. Vicky’s piece has been waiting patiently in the wings for my half to come join it for days now.

Posted: February 17th, 2012 in 2BU,Columns | Read More »

A fight for freedom from modern-day slavery


What I love most about the Filipino spirit is how we always come together in prayer when we hear devastating issues. I was reminded of this when I interviewed Cecilia Flores-Oebanda, founder and director of Visayan Forum Foundation, at the first-ever National Creative Youth Summit for the Movement of Anti-Trafficking Advocates last October.

Posted: December 9th, 2011 in 2BU,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Shirts for the gents


Twenty-seven-year-old Abdul Salam is among the first of a new breed of menswear designers in the Philippines. When he’s not going to karaoke bars, hanging out with his girlfriend or checking local fabric markets, Salam is in work mode, 100 percent focused on his menswear label Sir, which specializes in custom-made button-down shirts.

Posted: November 18th, 2011 in 2BU,Headlines | Read More »

Big Apple touch


A girl biking in a gown––that’s something you don’t see here in Manila,” says designer Robin Tomas, juxtaposing the usual sights of Manila and New York.

Posted: September 24th, 2011 in 2BU,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

A school for all


When you ponder the question, “What do you do?”—you’ll be surprised where it can lead you to. I met an energetic, friendly 26-year-old girl named Lynn Pinugu. She runs a nonprofit school. I already found this interesting, but learning more about her opened up a whole new world for me. Pinugu moved to Mexico to [...]

Posted: July 2nd, 2011 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Model dressing


Philippine Fashion Week hit an all-time high last May 8-15, 2011 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia. Multiple brands and designers showcased their trends for the upcoming Holiday season. 2bU scouted the halls to catch a few models as they headed from rehearsals to the show, and we found them wonderfully styled from [...]

Posted: June 11th, 2011 in 2BU,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

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  2. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  3. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  4. This is not just a farm
  5. Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  6. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  7. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  8. Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  9. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  10. The truffled mac ‘n’ cheese, eggs benedict, chicken leg confit are excellent
  1. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  2. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  3. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  4. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  5. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  6. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  7. France makes work beyond 6 p.m. illegal
  8. Ever heard of HydroBob?
  9. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  10. Boots Anson-Roa to wed in Eddie Baddeo
  1. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  2. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  3. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  4. Manila in shock over model Helena Belmonte’s death
  5. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  6. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  7. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  8. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  9. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer
  10. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?


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