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Online Slang ATM

By: Antonino Benitez @antonino.benitez     If you read the title,  and assumed that ATM referred to an electronic banking outlet, it’s about time you read this.   The internet practically has its own language now, and churns out now and then, a colorful variety of phrases and abbreviations that are bizarrely relatable. Originally coined by netizens themselves, the sweeping popularity of online slang is thanks to the...

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Filipinos and Racial Discrimination: Are we victims or perpetrators?
Aug30

Filipinos and Racial Discrimination: Are we victims or perpetrators?

Filipinos and Racial Discrimination: Are we victims or perpetrators? By Paolo Benitez     With the current global political climate, we’ve seen a lot more incidences of people acting as figures of hate and backward mentality. The presidency of Donald Trump has given the green light for anti – immigrant sentiment and intolerance, which has reverberated around the world. Hate graffiti and racial slurs have become commonplace...

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Power to the Pinoy: Lessons Filipinos need to master to get ahead
Aug29

Power to the Pinoy: Lessons Filipinos need to master to get ahead

By Lalaine Chu-Benitez     Ninety eight percent literacy rate, English proficiency that’s praised the world over, commendable work ethics and a sunny disposition that can’t be beat – do we Pinoys need anything more to succeed in work and life?   As a matter of fact, yes.  Most of the time, we are so hooked on getting diplomas and criticizing our other kababayans’ English grammar, that we miss the value of other softer...

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Keeping up with Congen: Are Filipinos too kind to a fault?
Aug28

Keeping up with Congen: Are Filipinos too kind to a fault?

By Con Gen Paul Raymund Cortes     There are an estimated half a million Filipinos in the gem of the Middle East, Dubai. Compared to Dubai, however, there are not as many Filipinos in Istanbul. In a megalopolis of 15 million souls, the Filipino population of just around 3000 are almost invisible, inconspicuous. Just as our experience in Budapest some 20 years ago taught us, locals are genuinely amazed and pleasantly surprised...

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Too cool for school?
Aug27

Too cool for school?

Teaching Kids How To Be Whomever They Want To Be Through Homeschooling By Alwee Villarosa   “Homeschooling? Isn’t that for a special child?” There are a lot more versions of the same incredulous reaction when you say the word “homeschool” to parents. Most of them are afraid that their child will be anti-social or may have a limited learning experience. But apparently, that’s not a case.     Meet Kayo and Nica Cosio. ...

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Filipino Traveler: Captivating Cappadocia
Aug26

Filipino Traveler: Captivating Cappadocia

By Al P. Manlangit   Right smack in the middle of the Anatolian Plain 750 kilometers from Istanbul lies this seemingly magical land called Cappadocia that has unique geological features  with an equally-important part in Turkey’s history. Here lies a sedimentary valley formed by ancient volcanoes 10 million years ago which gave rise to strange rock formations sculpted by wind and water. Early settlers used this soft...

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