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POWER TO THE PINOY: Is there a point to Pinoy Pride?
Apr27

POWER TO THE PINOY: Is there a point to Pinoy Pride?

POWER TO THE PINOY: Is there a point to Pinoy Pride? By Lalaine Chu-Benitez In a time of rampant fake news, internet trolls, a community bitterly divided by warring political factions for all the world to see; when words like “bobo,” “dutertards” and “yellowtards” are hurled from one kabayan to another because “it’s a democracy and one can say what one wants to say”; while high and mighty foreigners take it upon themselves to lecture...

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POWER TO THE PINOY: Tapping Into Your Inner Crazy
Feb27

POWER TO THE PINOY: Tapping Into Your Inner Crazy

  Tapping into Your Inner Crazy By Lalaine Chu-Benitez   Admit it. A lot of us Pinoys are guilty of looking at artists in a very biased way, especially at the budding ones who are within our midst.  To us, they exist in a strange world all their own; they talk in what seems like alien language, sometimes gibberish; they are very absorbed, or even tortured, with their ideas and concepts. Most of the time, we don’t understand...

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POWER TO THE PINOY: The V-day Dilemma
Feb09

POWER TO THE PINOY: The V-day Dilemma

  The V-Day Dilemma By Lalaine Chu-Benitez I’m a person who loves traditions and rituals.  I love the fact that you go the extra mile to make the people in your life feel special during specific occasions and Valentine’s Day is one of those important dates. Then again, there’s that school of thought that says, ‘why wait for a special occasion to show your love when you can do it everyday, right’?  Well, call it the ‘human...

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Power to the Pinoy: Dahling, I’m not fat. You’re just obsessed.
Jul18

Power to the Pinoy: Dahling, I’m not fat. You’re just obsessed.

Power to the Pinoy: Dahling, I’m not fat. You’re just obsessed. By Lalaine Chu-Benitez   “Kamusta na?  Eto, nananaba.” We, Pinoys are so obsessed about our weight and the way we look.  We just don’t know it but we’re absolutely fixated on perfection – whatever that means in our head. Does this sound familiar?  “Forget about that nice dress with the perfect color, I can’t bare my arms because they are sooo big.” “I need to...

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Power to the Pinoy: Goodbye, Mam-Ser.
Jun20

Power to the Pinoy: Goodbye, Mam-Ser.

POWER TO THE PINOY: Goodbye, Mam-Ser. By Lalaine Chu-Benitez   Hello, mam-ser!  Thank for coming mam-ser.  How are you doing mam-ser? Is it a ma’am or is it a sir, or is it both?  Foreigners are baffled.  But that’s just our kababayans being respectful.  The same kababayans, who, for the life of me, just can’t stop referring to me as “madame” (cringe), “ma’am” (sigh), or “miss” (hissss…). Part of our Filipino conditioning since...

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