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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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Power to the Pinoy: Kindness Stories
Aug20

Power to the Pinoy: Kindness Stories

By Lalaine Chu-Benitez     Most of us Filipinos, were brought up with kindness as one of the virtues we hold dear.  “Magpakabait ka” (be kind) is a common phrase we would have been told time and time again by our elders growing up.  Whether owing to our religious orientation, or the way we, as a people, value family and community, the idea of having concern and helping our ‘neighbors’ or ‘kapatid’ has always  been deeply...

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The New Oppressor: Pinoy versus Pinoy
Jul02

The New Oppressor: Pinoy versus Pinoy

By Lalaine Chu Benitez     119 years of Independence on the 12th of June 2017.  When we think about independence, freedom and liberation, what always comes to mind is breaking free from major forces that subjugate us – from the Spanish conquistadores who took our country as their own for over 400 years, to martial law and oppressive past regimes that curtailed the freedom and growth of our nation.   Liberation...

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Filipino Attitude: Pinoy fears we need to get rid of to get ahead
Jun27

Filipino Attitude: Pinoy fears we need to get rid of to get ahead

Power to the Pinoy: Pinoy fears we need to get rid of to get ahead By Lalaine Chu Benitez     These neOur forefathers have done us well, imbuing us with Filipino values like love for family, friendliness, and resilience, among other things.  These keep us connected to each other as a community, and have endeared us to other people across the globe.  However, not all that is inherited is positive – some of the traits and...

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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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