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Lost words


Alila is a servant, later evolving into the more democratic katulong, ate, or the classier “maid.” Once I visited a gay friend whose also gay katulong opened the door, in a uniform and ruffled apron, who introduced herself proudly as “the maid.”

Posted: November 16th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

How high the moon

AMP Big Band with musical director Mel Villena PHOTOS BY POCHOLOCONCEPCION

“Collaboration” was the catchphrase at the main show of the 2014 Tokyo-Manila Jazz and Arts Festival, held recently at the Rockwell Tent in Makati. The team-up of talented Japanese and Filipino musicians certainly didn’t disappoint, because it captured the very essence of jazz.   The event served as another creative bridge between two countries—transcending language, […]

Posted: November 10th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Only 7 percent of Filipino women describe themselves beautiful—Help Dove change that


In this era of bespoke trends, personal blogs, and selfies, it would be quite logical to assume that Filipinas finally have a healthy sense of self—that they now acknowledge their own beauty and think of themselves as being truly beautiful. However, this recently uncovered reality suggests otherwise:

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Filipino cuisine pits foreign bloggers against each other

In her blog, Agness Walewinder writes that this is her "I'm starving but I don't want to eat this food" face as she blogs about her experience trying out Filipino food. She noted the "poor quality" and preparation of Filipino food that caused her to suffer stomachache and migraine. Screengrab from Walewinder's blog etramping.com.

Filipino food became a hot topic between two foreign bloggers who clashed about their views and experiences in trying out the country’s local cuisine.

Posted: March 25th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

KWF, indigenous groups: Filipino is language of peace

KWF director general Roberto Añonuevo

The Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) and 100 representatives of cultural communities nationwide have passed a resolution urging that every peace agreement and law be written in Filipino and the indigenous languages.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »