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This play tells the urgent story of a Filipino comfort woman

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By Chang Casal/cnnphilippines.com – Some traumas are so severe that, though the mind tries to forget, the feeling always remains. Memories become hazy and details are forgotten, but sometimes out of nowhere, like a dam breaking, they come flooding in. For Maria Rosa Luna Henson, a radio announcement in 1992 Read more »

How long is a Filipino Goodbye

By Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta/abs-cbn.com – My longest casual relationship has been with the Filipino goodbye. In my home, it can last days—weeks even. A goodbye that began one summer day in the middle aughts lasted 48 hours, 50 subway stops, and two cities in New York. It was my sister’s wedding, Read more »

Wearing the Philippines: How Catriona Gray’s national costume went above and beyond

By Amanda T. Lago/rappler.com – On stage, Catriona Gray’s national costume looked heavy, to say the least. At the Miss Universe 2018 national costume show, the woman who stunned the world with her lava walk seemed significantly slowed down – though every bit as graceful – as she wheeled her Read more »

POLL: What folk remedies do you still use?

By CNN Philippines Life Staff – Here and around the world, there’s a growing trend of alternative medicines and self-care methods, like wearing crystals to ward off or draw in certain energies; using essential oils to address anxiety, stress, and even help one focus; or turning to spiritual healers who Read more »

Celebrating Filipino Christmas traditions digitally

By Angelica Villanueva/manilastandard.net – With only a few days away from the most wonderful time of the year, the streets are already bright with sparkling lights and the air is filled with Christmas music. Time flies so fast we can’t help but wonder: Hasn’t been only a few Read more »

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 »