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In pre-colonial Philippines, we already had kinilaw and corpses smoked tobacco

By Portia Ladrido/cnnphilippines.com – The quest for a distinct Filipino identity never seems to perish. There are various analyses, dialogues, literature, and works of art that always seek to answer the question: What makes a Filipino? As a country infused with colonial practices for most of its recorded history, the Read more »

Ancient Filipino writing systems that aren’t Baybayin

By Chang Casal/CNNPhilippines.com – When a House committee approved the “National Writing System Act”, which seeks to declare Baybayin as the country’s national writing system and aims to put the script to use in street signs, public facilities, government halls, publications, and even food labels, many linguists, historians, and even Read more »

The cost of being a single mother in the Philippines

By Regine Cabato/CNNPhilippines – Filipino culture still largely upholds a sprawling family that, despite size, keeps tightly knit — but more and more kids are growing up in non-traditional family structures. In 2015, the Philippine Statistics Authority estimated about three million household heads without a spouse — two million of Read more »

7 Pinoy New Year’s Eve superstitions

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By Precious Del Valle/rappler.com – Despite being a predominantly Catholic country, Filipinos love superstitions. Even in this day and age, we can’t seem to shake majority of it off, even though, admittedly, most of them sound ridiculous. (My personal favorite is turning your clothes inside out if you’re lost to Read more »

Manila FAME organizers defend 100-year-old Whang-Od’s participation

By CNNPhilippines staff – The organizer of design and lifestyle event Manila FAME clarified that the invitation of the 100-year-old tattoo artist Apo Whang-Od was sought through proper channels. “Apo Whang-Od’s participation in Manila FAME was a tremendous collaborative effort of various government agencies. These include the Philippine Air Force, Read more »

Review: ‘Maynila sa Kuko ng Liwanag’ the musical

By JT Radovan/rappler.com – In Manila, there are blue-collar workers risking their lives everyday to earn a decent living, but are subjected to unfair labor practices and remain uncertain of their safety and their future. Human trafficking exists, and women leave their provinces believing that fleeing to the city is Read more »

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