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Why I have to keep coming home

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The emotions of coming home are strong, even though I was here only two years ago. That first glimpse of Manila by night always takes my breath away. The city may be sinking with the rest of the country with debts, overpopulation and bad publicity, but outside my plane window, this brightly lit Pearl of the Orient looks just like any prosperous city in the world.

Posted: August 31st, 2014 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Fil-Briton Candy Gourlay’s ‘Shine’ is an excellent, unusual ghost story

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“Monsters are in the eye of the beholder.” This is the powerful phrase that keeps rising up throughout Candy Gourlay’s new novel, “Shine” (Anvil Publishing, Inc., Mandaluyong City, 2014, 232 pages), and it resonates with meaning for the fortunate reader who comes across it.

Posted: August 25th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Why they are coming home and retiring in good old Pinas

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JIM and Hedy Toolen

As if it’s the most natural thing, Filipinos who have spent their most productive years abroad come home not only to retire but also to share both wealth and know-how.

Posted: August 17th, 2014 in Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

30 women vie for 2014 Mutya title

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Thirty courageous women are eyeing a historic win: a “three-peat” for the Philippines in the Miss Tourism International pageant.

Posted: July 24th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

National Artist: It’s a presidential award, after all

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The outrage that greeted the decision of President Aquino to reject the nomination of actor Nora Aunor (shown in photo) as national artist has overshadowed and even eclipsed what should be the biggest development in arts and culture in years: the proclamation of the biggest batch of national artists since 2006. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

It is unfortunate that the outrage that greeted the decision of President Aquino to reject the nomination of actor Nora Aunor as national artist (NA) has overshadowed and even eclipsed what should be the biggest development in arts and culture in years: the proclamation of the biggest batch of national artists since 2006.

Posted: July 7th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

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