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Real men are circumcised? Tales and travail of Pinoy male tradition

By Ronald Mendoza and Alvin Perez/philstar.com – At 15, Bill (not his real name) knows that it’s a bit late for him to undergo what is popularly known as a rite of passage for males. He, nevertheless, decided to go for it because of pressure from his peers and even Read more »

Dane joins Filipinos in bloody Easter crucifixion

via gmanetwork.com – A Danish man joined eight Filipinos in re-enacting the death of Jesus Christ Friday by being nailed to crosses in a bloody annual Easter spectacle in the Philippines before thousands of surprised onlookers. The crucifixion ritual — held every year on Good Friday in Asia’s Read more »

Uncovering history: 10,000 PH artifacts in Chicago museum

via rappler.com – Despite a distance from the Philippines of 8,125 miles, Chicago is home to over 100,000 Filipinos and Filipino-Americans. The midwest city in the US is also home to 10,000 pieces of Philippine history. All 10,000 artifacts are housed in Chicago’s Field Museum, one of the largest natural Read more »

Culture shock: Does it matter if you’re brown or white?

By Maria Grippo/rapler.com – I’ve been exposed to many new, shocking and exciting things during my stay in Manila. This city is definitely a place of contradictions and confrontations: the pollution, the socio-economic wealth imbalances, the painstakingly slow traffic jams during peak hours and the manic Manila driving “code of Read more »

Davao City set to break world record for horn blowers

By Karlos Manlupig/rappler.com – Davao City is set to grab a world record for gathering the most number of party horn blowers to celebrate the New Year. As the clock neared midnight, thousands of party horns were raised and simultaneously blown by at least 7,568 residents in Davao City as Read more »

Undas in Filipino culture

By Elfren S. Cruz/The Philippine Star – For Catholics, the proper day to visit their deceased loved ones in the cemeteries is actually on November 2, which is All Souls’ Day. This is the appropriate day for mourning the dead. There should be no parties or merrymaking on this Read more »