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Trying to save the stories of a Philippine culture, one scan at a time

By Regine Cabato/washingtonpost.com – Long ago, a princess was abducted and taken to a faraway island. A dashing prince rescued her and brought her to his home kingdom. It sounds like a familiarfairy tale. For some in the Philippines, however, it’s one of the many plots in a centuries-old Read more »

Filipinos Were Eating Adobo Before the Spaniards Came, Says Spanish Culinary Scientist

By Mario Alvaro Limos/esquiremag.ph – The Philippines may have influenced the Spanish adobo, and not the other way around. “Filipinos had adobo before Spaniards came to your country, and I have proof,” said Borja Sanchez, a Spanish chef and culinary scientist. Sanchez revealed his findings at a lecture titled Read more »

The symbols and signifiers of Pinoy manhood throughout our history

By Ramon N. Villegas /abs-cbn.com – Filipino manhood has been displayed through disparate symbols. At one point, it involved major earrings and hair-plucking with tweezers. Each generation seeks to formulate its own concepts of gender identity and particular ways of expressing them. Thus, young Filipinos today do not look like Read more »

Why are there so many Filipino nurses in the U.S.?

By Anne Brice/Berkeley NewsGrowing up in New York City, UC Berkeley ethnic studies professor Catherine Ceniza Choy remembers seeing a lot of nurses dressed in their crisp white uniforms. She and her mom lived in an apartment building near several hospitals, so seeing health workers in the community wasn’t unusual. Read more »

My mother’s journey as an overseas Filipino worker

By Angeli Gabriel/nationalgeographic.com – “YOU HAD PIGTAILS and didn’t speak any English at all,” my mother says, telling me the story of our move to the United States. It was probably the thousandth time I’d heard this story, but I didn’t mind. My mother, like many Filipinos, is an excellent Read more »

‘You only export products, not people’: The cost of being an OFW

By Portia Ladrido/CNNPhilippines.com – After over a year of being spat at, sleeping on the floor next to a washing machine in a storeroom, not getting paid for more than four months straight, and eating leftover food (if there is leftover food), Jenna Baldapan attempted to escape from her employer’s Read more »