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Sino ka, Pinay? Beyond the Filipina Stereotype
May15

Sino ka, Pinay? Beyond the Filipina Stereotype

Sino ka, Pinay?  Beyond the Filipina Stereotype By Karen Galarpe Photography By Alan Desiderio, Models – Tracy Javelona and Meg Arreza Back in the early ‘90s while waiting for my turn at the immigration counter in Tokyo, the Filipina woman — my seatmate on the plane — in front of me seemed to be squirming. I could hear the immigration officer asking her the usual questions and asking the same things over and over again. Then...

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The new Oakwood in Manila: an oasis in the city
Jan02

The new Oakwood in Manila: an oasis in the city

By Karen Galarpe; Photos courtesy of Oakwood-Joy~Nostalg Center Mention “Oakwood” and the first thing that comes to mind to most Filipinos is the mutiny that now Senator Antonio Trillanes IV led during the time of then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. But that was years ago. Trillanes is now out of detention, Arroyo is no longer President but a Congresswoman, and mention “Oakwood” to those in the know and you’ll get an...

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Single Moms by Choice
May08

Single Moms by Choice

  By Karen Galarpe Celine (not her real name) was all dressed up while waiting to pick up her two kids at school. It was Valentine’s Day and she’s giving them a surprise. “I’m taking the children out for a date. We’ll go watch a movie then have dinner at a restaurant tonight.” When the kids saw her, they ran and hugged their mother. By the looks on their faces, it was clear that they’re happy being together just as they are....

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