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The 5 New Year Resolutions You Should Make Instead
Jan03

The 5 New Year Resolutions You Should Make Instead

  By: Anna Oposa   Ah, it’s January 2017! ‘Tis the time we make promises to ourselves to leave the “old me” in 2016 and usher in the “new and improved me” at midnight. We list a number of things we will do differently. We will stop hitting the snooze button. We will exercise more. We will stop smoking and will drink less. The list goes on.   But after all the fireworks have been lit, the parties attended, and the...

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Summer Fling
Jul26

Summer Fling

by Anna Oposa It’s hot. It’s sizzling. And it ain’t called summer lovin’ for nothin’.   It’s scorching hot. You’re on a break and it seems that you’re coming home with more than just a tan—you’ve packed a story about your most recent summer fling. Summer flings come in all shapes and sizes. There’s the guy you worked with in your summer internship. There’s the chick you met in Baguio when you needed body warmth. And let’s not...

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In Stitches
Dec26

In Stitches

Bt: Anna Oposa The list of global Filipinos just keeps growing. This month, Illustrado puts a spotlight on four Filipino-Americans who are leaving audiences in America and all over the world breathless from laughing: actor Alec Mapa, comedian Jo Koy, and filmmakers Stephen Dypiangco and Patrick Epino. Alec Mapa a.k.a. Ugly Betty’s Suzuki St. Pierre  San Francisco-born Alec Mapa has been entertaining audiences since he was in high...

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State of the Nation in Education
Sep03

State of the Nation in Education

By: Anna Oposa In the Philippines, out of 100 students who enter Grade 1, less than half will graduate high school. Anna Oposa features emerging organizations that are working to change these bleak statistics. Lack of financial resources for tuition and materials; shortage of teachers and classrooms; the need to work instead of study, and the list goes on. The future—and present—of the Philippine educational system is looking...

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Beauty and the Beach: The Filipina and her bikini
May26

Beauty and the Beach: The Filipina and her bikini

By: Anna Oposa “Filipina girls/they’re unforgettable/bikini and t-shirt on top.” ~ A parody of Katy Perry’s song, “California Girls”   A bikini and a t-shirt on top—in extreme cases, shorts and t-shirt on top–was probably what most Pinays would wear on the beach. Ten to fifteen years ago. Now, our sunny shores are filled with Filipinas donning two-piece swimsuits in various styles and prints. This month, Illustrado explores why...

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