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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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How to Be You, Po? Finding Your True Self in The Age of Social Media
Sep17

How to Be You, Po? Finding Your True Self in The Age of Social Media

Finding Your True Self in The Age of Social Media By Alwee Villarosa     In this age of social media, “influencers”, and trends, what does it take to be unique? Do your social media page and your aesthetic really represent who you are? Are we really what we believe we are? Or do we just take on a persona, because the internet says is cool? Maybe. Maybe not.   Filipinos spend 53 hours online every week. That’s higher...

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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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Editors Note: Global and Ever-Evolving
Jul31

Editors Note: Global and Ever-Evolving

  How ‘Filipino’ should a Filipino be? In this increasingly globalized world, where 11 million of us live outside the homeland, and where as Filipinos in diaspora, we are often made acutely aware of our ethnicity in contrast to the ‘others’ that surround us, we get a lot of questions pertaining to our identity – “What is Filipino?” “What does it mean to be Filipino? “Filipino nga ba talaga?  “Are we being true to ourselves”?...

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