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Love for the Philippines: The Foreign Side
Jun21

Love for the Philippines: The Foreign Side

By Paolo Benitez Filipinos are known to be some of the most adaptable people on earth. With over 10 million Pinoys working abroad, you can almost guarantee a Pinoy in every country. Mga Kababayan, our love for the motherland is never ending, and that’s a given. We all look forward to going home in the summer, seeing our family and friends and breathing in that provincial air. And while away, we all speak of our country with a certain...

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Baste Duterte: Through My Eyes
May31

Baste Duterte: Through My Eyes

 By Dr. Rex Venard Bacarra     “Baste, I’d write about you.” I told him.  “Ay, ayaw lang Dom.” He replied in his dialect.  I pleaded, “Please? Nothing political”.   He insisted, “Ayaw lagi.” “Just how I see you from my eyes since your high school days. The way I have known you.”  “Ayaw”  I replied with exasperation, “Okaaay.”  “Hahaha,” he laughed.   Thus, this piece, borne out of that exchange, shaped my desire for...

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Ramadan basics for Non-Muslims: Beyond Fasting and Iftar
May27

Ramadan basics for Non-Muslims: Beyond Fasting and Iftar

By Wafa Qasimieh and Dr. Abdul Hannan Tago   For most non-Muslims, Ramadan stands out as the month of fasting by day, and generous iftars by night.  But there is so much more to this rich Muslim tradition that’s worth exploring and learning from – especially for those of us who live in the Middle East.  Muslim Filipino community leaders Wafa Qasimieh and Dr. Abdul Hannan Tago, share some essentials points about the Muslim world’s...

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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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Viva La Revolucion
Apr11

Viva La Revolucion

Viva La Revolucion By Kristine Abante The last time I went home was June last year, I think a few days after Independence day and just before our new president was sworn in. Prior to the elections, I never really thought there was any way out for the Philippines. I’m one of those who have given up, who have accepted our fate that we will always and forever be owned by the elite who controls the real power in our government and...

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Has The Filipino Youth Become Politically Indifferent?
Apr09

Has The Filipino Youth Become Politically Indifferent?

Has The Youth Become Politically Indifferent? by Dr. Rex Bacarra “Youth is wasted in the young,” one author observed. I had been young once – had gone through the heartaches and passion, and the utter folly of individualistic and erratic subjectification of values. I saw the world as a slave subservient to my wants and had my share of disappointments when these wants were hampered, nay, even severely shredded to upsetting perfection....

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